Our Story

At Hawkins we like to think of ourselves as being different.

We consider ourselves challengers and bar raisers.

Each and every one of us is driven by a desire to deliver great projects, regardless of their size, location or complexity.

To us what makes a project successful is what it takes to complete it: partnership, smart thinking, dedication, and determination. 

This attitude is shared and understood by our people at Hawkins, and at our parent company, Downer. We share a similar history, we share the same values, and we share the same ethos. 

Everything we do above and below ground helps to build better communities across New Zealand and elsewhere in the world. This is what attracts the very best people to work with us and it’s what unifies us as a team.  

Our clients understand that this attitude defines and inspires us and this is why they want to work with us.  

We’re proud of our desire to build better communities and we think Fred Hawkins, who started the company back in 1947, would be proud of it too.


Big enough to tackle anything, yet small enough to be agile; complex projects are our speciality, underpinned by our empowered approach to Health & Safety.

Our expert teams throughout New Zealand deliver transformational projects including high end, quality fitouts, refurbishments and special purpose projects, ground breaking education projects, modern health facilities, commercial projects and community infrastructure including art galleries, event centres and stadiums.

Our goal is to deliver high quality projects that our clients can be proud of and create a great client experience along the way.

We do this by being forward thinking in the way we go about our work: challenging how things are done and finding better ways to ensure success.

Downer Infrastructure

Downer delivers multi-disciplined infrastructure solutions to customers within the transport sector. The one thing all our Infrastructure and commercial building projects have in common: the outcome has a positive benefit for our communities.

Downer has a long history in the delivery of both simple and complex road projects across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific nations, under a variety of contracting models. Services include complete design and construction of road earthworks, pavement construction, bridges and tunnels, and associated civil structures.

In addition to our industry-leading rail rolling stock build and maintain business, downer maintains significant capability in the delivery of rail infrastructure.

Integration with broader Group capabilities enables an end-to-end service that extends to cover intelligent transport solutions and road network management and maintenance.

Find out more about our parent company, Downer, here: https://www.downergroup.com/.