Hawkins owes its name to Fred T. Hawkins, a builder, and true kiwi entrepreneur. From small beginnings in Fred's Hamilton garage, Hawkins has seen healthy growth over six decades.
In 1951 the Hamilton-based company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (now NZX) and over the next four decades grew an ever-widening client and regional base.
By 1979 Hawkins had regional offices in Central North Island, Auckland, Taranaki, Wellington and Christchurch.
In 1983 privately owned engineering and construction business, McConnell Dowell merged with Hawkins Holdings Limited and Hawkins continued trading as part of McConnell Dowell Corporation. Through this merger, Hawkins developed considerable experience in international contracting, through McConnell Dowell’s broad international operational base. Hawkins provided management and supervisory resources for projects in Guam, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia and the Pacific.
To respond more effectively to the changing demands of the construction industry Hawkins established its head office in Auckland in 1988.
In 1994 following McConnell Dowell's decision to return to its core civil business, Hawkins was sold back into private ownership.
In 1996 the McConnell Family invested in 50% of the Hawkins business and by 2002 had purchased 100% shareholding. Click here to visit the McConnell Group website.
On 1 April 2017 Downer acquired the Hawkins' businesses.
Downer & Co. was founded by Wellington engineer Arnold Downer in 1933, but the company is able to lay claim to a far longer history than those 80-plus years, given a lineage that stretches back to New Zealand's Public Works Department established in 1970 and the Post and Telegraph Department in 1880.
Today Downer stands as one of New Zealand's pre-eminent infrastructure construction and operations companies, and a successful part of its parent, Downer Group.
To learn more about Downer's history, visit their website.