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  • Construction boom sees NAWIC expand to New Plymouth

    More women than ever are joining New Zealand’s booming construction industry with a 40 per cent increase in National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) members over the past year sparking the launch of the first regional satellite chapter in New Plymouth. 


    The New Plymouth NAWIC group will operate as a satellite chapter of NAWIC Wellington.
    NAWIC president Donna Howell is excited about providing more support to women in construction who live and work in Taranaki. 


    “Over the last year we’ve had an increasing number of women from outside the main centres requesting support from NAWIC. We’ve decided to start with New Plymouth as our first satellite chapter due to the large number of requests from the Taranaki area. 


    “It is thrilling to see NAWIC grow from the three existing chapters in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury out into the regional areas. We hope to expand into other regional areas to support women in construction all over New Zealand. 


    “We’re seeing a huge growth in membership numbers which reflects the overall growth in the numbers of women choosing a career in construction.  


    “It is particularly exciting to see younger women changing the face of the industry. There has never been a better time to be a woman in construction with plenty of opportunities, such as operating your own business, available to women across the sector.” 


    Donna hopes that the launch of NAWIC’s regional chapters will also lead to an increase of women in senior positions within the construction industry throughout New Zealand. 


    “While it is fantastic to see increasing numbers of women choosing a career in construction, this isn’t reflected in the participation of women at a decision-making level and as we expand we hope to see an upswing in the numbers of women holding senior positions.” 


    NAWIC will launch its New Plymouth satellite chapter on Tuesday 13th June at The Hour Glass from 5:30pm. NAWIC Wellington chapter chair Janine Mitchell will discuss how NAWIC can support women throughout their construction careers. Everyone is welcome to attend the free information event including students and parents. 

  • Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards Entries Now Closed

    Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards entries/nominations are now closed. Finalists will be announced in early July.

    We received 82 entries for the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards this year - a new record! Congratulations to all who entered. We will announce the finalists in early July

  • Put yourself forward for women in construction awards

    ***EDIT: Awards entries/nominations are now closed - finalists will be announced in early July.***

    An amazing rollercoaster ride that has resulted in a promotion is how Natalie Thornton describes her experience of winning last year’s Hays NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Excellence Award for the student/apprentice category.

    Natalie encourages women considering entering this year’s Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards to just “go for it and be proud of your achievements”.

    Entries for the 2017 Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards are open until June 5th, with the awards being held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 18th August.

    Since winning the award, Natalie has completed her apprenticeship and is now operations manager and foreman on larger construction sites.

    “At times, it still doesn’t feel real. I remember finding out I was off to the awards in Wellington and feeling nerves, panic and excitement all at once. 

    “After winning the award I was left with an intense feeling of achievement and accomplishment.”

    Megan Rule who won last year’s Helen Tippett Award for actively promoting women in construction says entering the awards helps promote diversity while improving the industry as a whole.
    “For me the success of this award is about participation and the opportunities to help each other achieve our goals. 

    “The awards highlight a variety of role models by profiling and recognising otherwise invisible women contributing at all levels which increases the diversity of our industry and ultimately the entire New Zealand economy.”

    Lynne Makepeace, joint winner of last year’s Professional Woman of the Year Award, says winning the award increased her confidence and made her realise that she is actually good at her job and well-respected in the industry.

    “It reinforced what people had told me in the past but I had never really believed it as I viewed it as “just doing my job”.”
    Lynne says the experience of entering the awards provides an opportunity to reflect on career highlights.

    “Take the plunge and enter, it is not until you sit down to write your submission that you will realise exactly how much you have achieved in your career and how far you have come.”

    The awards have six categories which cover a wide range of roles across the industry. The categories are:

    The Helen Tippett Award which celebrates achievement in advancing the interests of women in the construction industry.

    Tradeswoman of the Year which celebrates the contribution tradeswomen are making to the industry.

    Professional Woman of the Year which focuses on women who have managed a construction project or those who operate their own business in the industry.

    Rising Star which celebrates women who demonstrate future leadership potential within the industry. This category is open to women who have worked in the construction industry for less than seven years.

    Outstanding Achievement in Design which celebrates the design aspect of a construction project in engineering, architecture or urban/landscape design.

    Excellence in Construction Services which honours the contribution of women in administration, sales/marketing or operational roles within the industry.

    Student/Apprentice Excellence Award which is open to all women engaged in construction-related study or apprenticeships.


    For further information on the 2017 Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards and for interview opportunities please contact:

    NAWIC Communications Manager – Gina McKenzie – email: gina@realcommunications.co.nz

    NAWIC President – Donna Howell – email: president@nawic.org.nz 
     

  • In The News

    Half of school age children have never been given any information on possible jobs in construction by teachers or careers advisers, according to a recent UK study.

    Did you get any information on a career in construction when you were at school?

    http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/03/06/school-children-given-no-info-on-careers-in-construction/

    Carla Tonga had every door in the building industry closed on her 20 years ago but that has all changed now.
    She loves helping other women to learn more about the industry.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/91511366/Building-training-organisation-pushing-for-thousands-to-return-to-the-trades

    “In the beginning, I was always taught that we were supposed to have girl jobs, once this opportunity came, I thought it was the best thing ever that I can get out there and be able to do it on my own and make money and support my family."
    https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/education/trades-course-champions-gender-equality-construction

    New Zealand women are paid, on average, 13% less than their male counterparts for work of the same value.

    What should we do to fix this imbalance?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/89345643/equal-pay-its-about-time

    96% of these kids drew a male builder but our very own Carla Tonga showed the kids that it's "really cool to be a female builder".
    http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/kiwi-kids-put-gender-test-reveal-oldschool-stereotypes-still-exist-video-6516542

    These inspiring women are developers, designers, engineering directors, bio scientists, nuclear scientists, and rocket scientists
    https://amp-businessinsider-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.businessinsider.com/most-powerful-female-engineers-of-2017-2017-

  • logs4jobs - filling the skilled worker shortage

    PrefabNZ, in collaboration with Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, BCITO and CareersNZ, has produced a video promoting the career options, particularly for women, within timber construction.

    Check out the video below.

  • Where are the female leaders in New Zealand’s construction industry?

    More women than ever are joining New Zealand’s booming construction industry with the number of women in construction doubling to 17 per cent over the last 15 years but this increase hasn’t resulted in more women in leadership roles within the industry.

    “While it is fantastic to see increasing numbers of women choosing a career in construction, this isn’t reflected in the participation of women at a decision-making level in construction and in fact all industries across New Zealand,” say National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) president Donna Howell.

    Only 20.1 per cent of New Zealand women hold senior leadership positions while just 16.8 per cent of listed companies have female directors.

    Donna hopes that the third annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards which will be held on 18th August in Auckland will generate plenty of discussion on this topic, while the introduction of a new “rising star” category will provide recognition for future leaders within the construction industry.

    “The awards celebrate the achievements of women in construction as well as honouring those organisations which are redressing the industry’s gender imbalance.

    “We’re delighted with the growing number of entries we’re receiving each year and are excited to introduce this new category which will celebrate up and coming leaders who will inspire others to seek out leadership roles within the construction industry.”

    Hays is sponsoring the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards for the third year in a row to recognise the significant contributions being made by women in New Zealand's construction industry.

    Hays managing director Jason Walker says Hays is delighted to be sponsoring the awards and is looking forward to reviewing more fantastic entries from inspiring women who work in the fast-growing construction industry.

    "As a long-time supporter of NAWIC, sponsoring the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards is a perfect fit for us. We actively encourage and support the rising numbers of women joining New Zealand's trades and construction industries and are keen to keep recruiting as many as possible.

    "The construction industry is rapidly changing and women are definitely making their mark. Women choosing a career in building, construction and the trades are seeing that they can progress up the ranks and operate their own businesses while enjoying high wages and excellent growth and training opportunities."

    Entries/nominations for the awards are open until June 5th. Employers and managers are encouraged to submit nominations on behalf of their staff. The awards have six categories which cover a wide range of roles across the industry. The categories are:

    The Helen Tippett Award which celebrates achievement in advancing the interests of women in the construction industry.

    Tradeswoman of the Year which celebrates the contribution tradeswomen are making to the industry.

    Professional Woman of the Year which focuses on women who have managed a construction project or those who operate their own business in the industry.

    Rising Star which celebrates women who demonstrate future leadership potential within the industry. This category is open to women who have worked in the construction industry for less than seven years.

    Outstanding Achievement in Design which celebrates the design aspect of a construction project in engineering, architecture or urban/landscape design.

    Excellence in Construction Services which honours the contribution of women in administration, sales/marketing or operational roles within the industry.

    Student/Apprentice Excellence Award which is open to all women engaged in construction-related study or apprenticeships.


    Click here to download an entry form


    For further information on the 2017 Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards and for interview opportunities please contact:

    NAWIC Communications Manager – Gina McKenzie – email: gina@realcommunications.co.nz

    NAWIC President – Donna Howell – email: president@nawic.org.nz  


  • Recommended Reading to Start the New Year

    Welcome to 2017, hope you're all feeling well rested and are settling back into work well. The following are some of our favourite articles this month to inspire you for the year ahead:

    1. What are the pros and cons of being a tradeswoman? 

    2. "My dream has become a reality, where I am making a difference to the world I live in" - Sapoa Rimoni loves her role as a site engineer. 

    3. Can campus design influence more women to study architecture? 

    Have a read and let us know your thoughts.


  • New NAWIC President Elect

    We’re delighted to announce that Auckland Chair Jenny Parker has been appointed unopposed as the NAWIC President Elect with the full support of the current Board. Jenny will support current NAWIC President Donna Howell for one year before taking up the role of NAWIC President in 2018. We're looking forward to ratifying Jenny's appointment at our AGM in January. 

  • "The quality of my work shows for itself and it's easy when you love what you do"

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/87046424/Harmony-Court-first-female

  • Gender in construction study uncovers surprising results

    A recent Australian study into how to increase female participation in construction management found that working conditions for men need to be challenged in order to promote diversity in the construction sector.

    The unexpected conclusion was reached by researchers investigating why Australia’s construction sector has not experienced a rise in the number of female workers, despite workplace gains for women in other sectors.


    Read the full article here

  • Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards 2016

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    Women transforming construction sector

    Winners of the second annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been hailed as “inspirational leaders who are passionate about changing the construction sector” during last night’s awards ceremony at Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington.


    The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements women are making in New Zealand’s construction industry. With 10 percent yearly growth rates predicted through to 2019 it makes sense to encourage more women to work in construction and to highlight career paths available in this exciting sector.


    Outstanding leadership and a commitment to putting people first saw Lynne Makepeace of Fletcher Construction and Karen Sanderson from Beca jointly win the Professional Woman of the Year Award. Lynne won the award for the construction category and Karen won the award for the professional category.


    Recognised as an “incredibly effective leader”, Lynne leads a team of 180 to ensure that the Auckland’s $1.5B Waterview Connection project is completed on time, on budget and with zero harm to the team. Her high standards and outstanding team leadership skills inspired the judging team.


    Karen’s innovative approach architecture and her commitment to “putting people first” earned praise from the judges. She set up Beca’s architectural team in Christchurch and is driven by a humanisticapproach to architecture. Karen gives back to her industry bymentoring young architects.


    Carmen Sutton from McIntosh Builders took out Tradeswoman of the Year forher strategic leadership and outstanding communications skills.

    Ahome renovation project saw Carmen switch careers from truck drivingto building houses and she has never looked back. She now leadssole-charge building projects while also training apprentices.

    Vanessa Carswell of Warren and Mahoney and Gemma Collins of FletcherConstruction were named joint winners of the Outstanding Achievementin Design Award. 


    Vanessa employed innovative ideas to resolve complex design issues on therebuild of the iconic Isaac Theatre Royal. Working in difficultconditions with limited power in Christchurch’s red zone proved noobstacle for Vanessa who re-engineered the theatre to expand thefunctional space by an additional 400m2.


    Gemma,who manages a team of 35 building services engineers, is creditedwith playing a lead role in securing the Commercial Bay contract. TheAuckland tower will be the tallest office building in New Zealandwhen completed.


    Judges praised Gemma’s use of sustainable design solutions and her ongoingleadership in engineering throughout her 25-year career.


    Described as “a role model for women in architecture”, Megan Rule of South Pacific Architecture won the Helen Tippet Award for activelypromoting the participation of women in construction. Meganco-founded Women + Architecture and is actively involved in mentoring younger architects. She leads by example and has made a significant contribution to highlighting the career paths available to women inthe construction industry.

    The Excellence in Construction Administration Award went to Carolyn Pitman of Fletcher Construction. Described as the “go to guru”for policies and processes, Carolyn successfully deals with a widerange of subcontractors and plays a pivotal role in her team.

    Vanessa Coxhead of Victoria University School of Architecture won the Apprentice and Student Award (professional category) for her entrepreneurial approach to architecture and her ability to showcasethe values of architecture to the wider community.

    Natalie Thornton of City Decorators won the Apprentice and Student Award(trades category) for her outstanding work as an apprentice painter.


    A desire to create a better life for her family led Natalie to take up an apprenticeship. She is highly motivated and often has full responsibility for painting an entire house. Now in the final stagesof her apprenticeship, Natalie is focused on eventually leading herown crew.


    Highly commended awards and special merit awards were awarded to thefollowing finalists:

    Rula Alatia (Jasmax) – highly commended – Professional Woman of theYear (professional category)

    Sarah McDonald (Fletcher Construction) – highly commended –Professional Woman of the Year (construction category)

    Antonia Speight (Acuite) – special merit – Professional Woman of the Year

    Flavia Wolf (Fletcher Construction) – special merit – Professional Womanof the Year

    Nicola Thompson (Fletcher Construction) – special merit – ProfessionalWoman of the Year

    Mi’eashaSaunders (Venture Developments Ltd) – highly commended –Tradeswoman of the Year

    Sarah Bryant (Jasmax) – highly commended – Outstanding Achievement inDesign

    Deirdre Johns (EcoChill) – highly commended – Helen Tippett Award

    Alex Cutler (NZ Green Building Council) – highly commended – HelenTippett Award

    Karin Cunningham (Plumbing World) – highly commended – Excellence inConstruction Administration

    Susy Pryde (Johnstone Construction) – highly commended – Excellence inConstruction

    Administration

    Georgia Bartley (Victoria University School of Architecture) –highlycommended - Apprentice and Student Award (professional)

    Lydia Stewart (Aaron Stewart Builders) – highly commended – Apprenticeand Student Award (trades)


    For further information onthe NAWIC Excellence Awards and for interview opportunities pleasecontact:

    NAWIC acting president –Diana Barr– email: dbarr@connorconsulting.co.nz

    phone: 027 529 5776

    NAWIC communicationsmanager – Gina McKenzie -email: ginalmckenzie@yahoo.comphone 022 355 7601

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  • Women challenging assumptions in construction sector

    Winners of the inaugural Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been hailed as “courageous leaders who are passionate about changing the construction sector” during last night’s awards ceremony at the Rydges Latimer in Christchurch.

    The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements women are making in New Zealand’s construction industry. With 10 percent yearly growth rates predicted through to 2019 it makes sense to encourage more women to work in construction and to highlight career paths available in this exciting sector.

    Outstanding leadership and a commitment to helping people reach their dreams saw architect Deborah Cranko win the Professional Woman of the Year Award.

    After founding her own Wellington-based architectural practice 28 years ago, Deborah has made an ongoing contribution to sustainable design while also mentoring staff and giving back to the community as a youth line volunteer. Her future goals include creating a means to effectively communicate with the general public about seismic issues.

    Mary Bartlett took out Tradeswoman of the Year for embodying the spirit of NAWIC by providing a strong voice for women in building and construction while inspiring them to join the trades in a positive and inclusive manner.

    Mary has been running her own painting business called Tickled Pink for over two decades and during that time she has grown her business to 20 staff. Judges praised Mary’s ability to buck the norms and provide a platform for creativity and high quality customer service.

    Lianne Cox of Studio Pacific Design and Sarah Neill of Beca were named joint winners of the Outstanding Achievement in Design Award.

    Lianne leads Studio Pacific Design’s architectural heritage team and contributes widely to New Zealand’s growing heritage architecture community. Her outstanding contribution to the National War Memorial strengthening project has provided a design solution that is long lasting and robust with minimal visual impact on the structure of the building.

    Sarah’s ability to navigate and direct the Wiri Correctional Facility project as lead structural engineer impressed judges who described her as a “superstar graduate”. As a new graduate, Sarah completed 75 percent of the structural design for the building complex. The award reflects her outstanding achievement in design and remarkable progress from graduate to leader in such a short space of time.

    A Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) initiative to raise awareness of the construction roles open to women won the Helen Tippett Award for actively promoting the participation of women in construction. SCIRT created a subgroup called SCIRT Women in Construction (SWIC) initiative. Initially intended to recruit more women to fill SCIRT roles, SWIC ended up being much broader. It provided visible imagery of women in construction roles and created a Personal Protective Equipment range of gear that is tailored to fit women.

    The Excellence in Construction Administration Award went to Kristina Wyschnowsky of Corbel Construction. A business excellence manager, Kristina has worked to improve the culture and performance of the company. Kristina’s work as a member of the Safety Group Steering Committee for the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter has been described as pivotal in keeping the momentum going.

    Gail Royston won the Apprentice and Student Award for her dedication and commitment to the construction industry. Judges were impressed by her ability to balance full-time study and a full time role as a quantity surveyor for Beca. Gail is a voice for change within the construction industry which is demonstrated by her university research on the glass ceiling for women in the industry which she has shared with others in the sector.

  • It's Sexual Harassment Honey

    Roger Sutton's recent resignation following an investigation into complaints from a female employee has once more highlighted issues of harassment and bullying in the workplace.

    As women working in the heavily male dominated construction industry, we owe it to ourselves, our current and future female colleagues and also our male colleagues to set and defend the boundaries of acceptable behaviour in the workplace.  Even language that may seem harmless ("sweetie", "honey", "love") can be the overt expression of deep-seated views about the roles and capabilities of women, and in our view should not necessarily be considered trivial.

    What constitutes sexual harassment, harassment and / or bullying depends on the circumstances, and how to deal with the issues are a matter of importance for both employers and employees.

    Bullying and harassment are characterised as offensive, intimidating or insulting behaviour. They can include behaviours which create:

    • implied or overt promises of preferential treatment in an employee's employment;
    • implied or overt threats of detrimental treatment in their employment;
    • an implied or overt threat about future or present employment status.

    Sexual harassment can be broadly defined as any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature, including any request for sexual activity together with one of the above behaviours. It is also the use of inappropriate language, physical behaviour (such as unwanted physical contact), or visual material of a sexual nature that is unwelcome or offensive.  Employers have an obligation to ensure that they address any such behaviour in the workplace.

    Employers should have a clear policy in place on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, what to do if an employee is subject to any behaviour which they believe is either bullying, harassment and / or sexual harassment, and a strategy in place for investigating any claims.  Clear polices should give you as an employee confidence to address issues as and when they arise.

    Thanks to Antony Harper for supplying the legal content above.

  • PPE for Women and Employers' Handbook - Successful Launch in Christchurch

    Minister for Women Louise Upston has launched a new initiative to attract more women to the trades and construction industry.

    A new range of safety gear designed to fit women along with an employers’ handbook was unveiled at yesterday’s launch in Christchurch.

    SCIRT Engineer Kimberley Jupp was the driving force behind the new range of safety gear which she says will make women feel more comfortable when working on site.

    “Wearing gear that doesn’t fit properly makes you feel like you don’t fit in and can be dangerous. The smallest size men’s vest equates to a size 14. This new range starts at a size 8 and is tailored to fit women so we can feel comfortable and safe at work.”

    Ms Upston says the new handbook gives employers practical advice on how to grow the number of women in the trades and construction industry. Women now make up 16% of the construction industry, which is almost double the rate of two years ago.

    “There’s already a shortage of trade workers and demand will continue to grow, especially in Canterbury. Construction activity in New Zealand is forecast to increase 10% every year to 2019 so it makes good business sense to think about how to attract women to your jobs. My message is that employers need to consider all workers when they recruit.”

  • Women in Construction: It's a Good Fit

    The Honourable Louise Upston, Minister for Women, has extended an invitation to all NAWIC members to attend the launch of 'Growing your trades workforce: How to attract women to your jobs' - an employers handbook, along with a range of women's safety gear, followed by a leadership call to action to attract more women to the industry.

    NAWIC has been working alongside SCIRT and MWA in the lead up to this event.  The NAWIC Celebrating Women in Construction photographic exhibition will feature as part of the launch, so it's a great opportunity to see it if you haven't yet had the chance!

    This Thursday 20 November from 2.30-3.15pm at the ReStart Mall.

    RSVP to Angela.Kleehammer@scirt.co.nz.

  • Women in Engineering Industry Tasting


     

    The UC Women in Engineering Industry Tasting is a networking event for female final year and second pro engineering students and for professional women.

    The event is taking place at the Shilling Club (ground floor of the James Height Library, tallest building on campus) on Monday, 11 August from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The event costs $5 and includes a wine tasting.

    For further details or if you have any queries please contact Maria Fernando, President of UC Women in Engineering - email president@wie.org.nz.


  • Girls Rock Trades - CPIT Holiday Programme

    CPIT will be holding FREE ‘Girls Rock Trades’ holiday programmes in July and October for Year 11, 12 and 13 female students interested in Trades. For more information about the programme please find attached the flyer or visit www.cpit.ac.nz/news-and-events/upcoming-events/girls-rock-trades

    Students will get a taste for construction, plumbing, electrical and engineering trades. As well as having a heap of fun and visiting real workplaces, students will come away with loads of knowledge, a completed project and a Girls Rock Trades t-shirt. We’ll even shout them lunch each day.

    Students will be based at CPIT’s Trades Campus on Ensors Road, which houses world-class workshops and fantastic equipment.

    If you know any students who would be interested in this programme and pursuing a career in trades, please pass this information on. GIRLS ROCK TRADES is free and spaces are limited so please encourage students who are keen to attend to register early.

    To book a place, please contact Louise Edmonds for a registration form by emailing louise.edmonds@cpit.ac.nz.

    Download the flyer here.

  • Successful Strategic Planning Meeting

    A strategic planning day was attended by NAWIC National board members, past and new on March 1 in Wellington.

    The day was an opportunity to report back on the objectives we set in 2013 and what we need to do in 2014 to further progress the objectives building upon our vision to become the leading voice for women in the construction industry.

    Board members photographed are L to R: Diana Barr, Stacey Mendoca, Gina Jones, Shauna Herminghouse, Trina Lincoln, Donna Howell, Cathy Tracey, Jenny Parker, Julie Raine, Rebekah Sanderson.


  • Katrina Kidson appointed CEO of Kidson Construction

    In January 2014, following four years as a Director, Katrina Kidson was been appointed as the CEO of Kidson Construction and has relocated to Nelson to lead the business started 50 years ago by her father Brian Kidson.

    A civil engineer with 20 years experience, Katrina is well known and widely respected within the infrastructure sector for her strategic, operational, technical and interpersonal skills. She has held a number of challenging leadership positions, most recently as the CEO of Isthmus (one of the country’s leading design consultancies) and prior to that in a range of operational and strategic roles with global engineering and environmental consultancy MWH.

    With Katrina’s appointment as CEO she becomes one of the few women leading a construction company in New Zealand today. It is a position that she relishes and hopes will motivate young women entering engineering. “Over my 20 year career I have been lucky enough to experience a diverse range of roles that have inspired and challenged me,” Katrina explains. “My engineering degree has enabled me to develop sustainable infrastructure that strengthens communities. This work has never been as important or rewarding as it is now with the major and challenging programmes of work currently underway in New Zealand such as the Canterbury Rebuild.”

    Katrina explains that being one of a small number of women in engineering has helped her get noticed and provided new opportunities, but her success has come through her unique blend of hard and soft skills – something she can thank her engineering degree for developing. “My technical training developed my analytical abilities and helped me confidently make the right, and sometimes hard, decisions whether they are to do with projects, people or organisations, while my interpersonal skills have helped me develop strong and enduring relationships,” she says. “Both attributes are critical to my leadership success and will be vital as I work together with our executive team to strengthen and grow Kidson Construction.”

    Katrina Kidson studied Civil Engineering at Canterbury University. Following graduation in the early 1990s she joined the Dunedin Office of engineering consulting firm Royds Garden (which is now called MWH). Throughout her 17 years with MWH, Katrina held a variety of roles in Dunedin, Christchurch, Thames, Auckland and Sydney that spanned project and programme management, team leadership, client relationship and strategic and change management and culminated in her position on the Asia Pacific Leadership Team where she was responsible for leading organisational change. Katrina’s strong performance across every aspect of her diverse career has led to her becoming a well respected and highly sought after executive in the infrastructure industry.

    Following MWH, Katrina spent three years in Auckland as the CEO of Isthmus, NZ's leading urban design, landscape architecture and architecture firm.  Over three years in charge of Isthmus, Katrina guided the firm through a sharp recession to emerge with an expanded service offering, enhanced profile and new client and partner relationships.

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