Our Story

Our roots go back to James Fletcher building a house with Albert Morris in Dunedin in 1909. Fletcher Bros Ltd was formed in 1915 and the next year secured the Auckland City markets contract. Renamed the Fletcher Construction Company Ltd in 1919 it was a key component of Fletcher Holdings which was listed on the stock exchange in 1940.

Sir James was very much a relationship builder with big aspirations to be part of the growth and development of New Zealand. He leveraged his local and offshore relationships to ensure that we had the capability to deliver. With innovation, astute ‘political’ nous and by attracting and empowering the best people, James built a formidable reputation for delivery that is fiercely guarded today.

With innovation, astute ‘political’ nous and by attracting and empowering the best people, James built a formidable reputation for delivery that is fiercely guarded today.

James II took over when James I was made Minister of Works during World War II, and he consolidated the business. James I was a visionary, James II was a businessman. Both were knighted for the services to the nation. 

That ownership and backing has been important to providing stability for Fletcher Construction which has continued to grow and expand its capability while staying close to customers and being at the customer end of the business.

The Fletcher family is no longer involved in the business but the ethos of being true to your word, delivering what you undertake to deliver and contributing to the community remains.

The current Chief Executive of Fletcher Construction, Michele Kernahan, has a strong understanding of the business having worked in various roles with Fletcher Building, both in New Zealand and Australia. She brings management experience gained from previous roles with Fletcher as General Manager of Laminex Australia, Golden Bay Cement and Fletcher EQR.
She also brings insights gained from completing an MBA at the University of Canterbury, and leadership and management programmes at Warburton Business School, Stanford University School of Business and Harvard Business School.