National Association of Women in Construction NZ

The leading voice for women in the construction industry

We are a voluntary, non-profit association of women who work either in the construction industry or for business organisations who provide services to the construction industry.

The number of women in the construction industry has grown exponentially in recent years and women are hard at work in just about every construction job. This growth has prompted the establishment and success of NAWIC in New Zealand.

NAWIC was founded in Texas in 1952 by a group of 16 women. Since then it has grown to an international organisation. Today it is going strong in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. NAWIC New Zealand has been active in Wellington since 1996, and has recently established Chapters in Auckland and Canterbury.  Our members include quantity surveyors, project managers, suppliers, planners, designers, architects, engineers, tradespeople, students, apprentices, health and safety managers and lawyers.

NAWIC encourages women to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the construction industry. Our vision is to be the leading voice for women in the New Zealand industry.  We hold regular events to inform and up-skill women in construction and to promote networking and information sharing for the betterment of the construction industry as a whole.

National Board

Current NAWIC National Board members are:

Jenny Parker, President (
Stacey Mendonca, President Elect
Lisa James, Secretary (
Agustina Esmerado, Treasurer
Judith Billington
Rula Alatia, Auckland Chair
Alison Thirkettle-Tawharu, Wellington Chair
Rebecca Hodges, Canterbury Chair

Corrie Cook, Media and Communications (

Celebrating Women in Construction

In 2012, NAWIC members organised a photo exhibition, "Celebrating Women in Construction", portraying women at work in all aspects of the industry, ranging from tradeswomen, specialists, suppliers, industry trainers, site managers and more. Captions accompany the photos, telling the stories of what led women to these roles, and what they love about their work in the construction industry. The exhibition has been shown in galleries in Wellington and Auckland, at industry conferences in Blenheim and Rotorua, and plans are underway for it to travel to the South Island and incorporate more women in the exhibition.