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.
The McConnell Family
The McConnell family has a strong heritage in supporting the growth and development of construction, infrastructure and property enterprises in New Zealand and offshore.
McConnell Group was established in 1993 by the late Malcolm McConnell following the sale of the family’s shareholding in McConnell Dowell*.
David McConnell is Managing Director of McConnell Group and John McConnell Executive Director. Nancy McConnell works for Hawkins Group.
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At the same time that Malcolm McConnell focused on the development of McConnell Dowell and building business opportunities for New Zealand globally, wife Beverley also had a dream which they shared together
– to develop a garden, "Ayrlies". More than forty years later Ayrlies is now recognised as a ‘garden of national and international significance’ and in 2010 Beverley was awarded a Queen Services Medal (QSM) for her services to horticulture. The McConnell family provides financial support for the continuing development of Ayrlies. They are also philanthropically supportive of a variety of organisations across the community.
*Malcolm McConnell and Jim Dowell established McConnell Dowell in 1960 and built this business into a leading international construction company; Malcolm was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services towards the export of engineering and New Zealand business. The McConnell family is no longer involved in the ownership or management of McConnell Dowell.