We are committed to working collaboratively with Mana Whenua. We celebrate this partnership both within our teams and our wider partnerships. 

We work with the oversight of our parent company Fletcher Building’s Te Kākano Māori Strategy. This helps us to deliver a platform for enduring iwi engagement and cultural support by aligning cultural and company values.   
We view our projects through a cultural lens with the support of our people and partnership with Mana Whenua.  We offer opportunities for Māori leadership and development through the Whakatupu programme, which means ’to plant the seed’.   

We are committed to working collaboratively with Mana Whenua. We celebrate this partnership both within our teams and our wider partnerships. 

We work with the oversight of our parent company Fletcher Building’s Te Kākano Māori Strategy. This helps us to deliver a platform for enduring iwi engagement and cultural support by aligning cultural and company values.   
We view our projects through a cultural lens with the support of our people and partnership with Mana Whenua.  We offer opportunities for Māori leadership and development through the Whakatupu programme, which means ’to plant the seed’.   
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Connecting Wairarapa to construction careers

We’re proud to support a programme that’s facilitating construction careers using a Te Ao Māori approach.

Connecting Wairarapa to construction careers

We’re proud to support a programme that’s facilitating construction careers using a Te Ao Māori approach. Our Wairarapa team is involved in He Kahui Wairarapa’s Mahi Ora programme which supports Wairarapa locals who’re interested in a career in civil construction.

Mahi Ora, which is funded by local iwi and the Ministry for Social Development, also offers pastoral support to the people involved. This includes helping them learn about financial management and find rental accommodation. Ed Ward, Higgins Wairarapa Construction Manager provided guidance to the trainers and trainees, saying it gives him an opportunity to build on his link with the community. “My good friend and neighbour, Joe Nuku leads He Kahui Wairarapa and has been talking to me for a few years about how to best run the programme and get young people into construction. He got the programme up and running when I joined Higgins Wairarapa, so it was perfect timing.”

He says some of the trainees have also lost touch with their iwi, hapū, marae and whānau. “The course helps them to reach out and reconnect, and to find their identities.”

The Mahi Ora programme recently had its first batch of graduates – with all eight people who started in the programme graduating and ready for work. Ed says Higgins Wairarapa has been interviewing graduates for some roles. The team has offered one graduate a role in the 2024 Cadet Program with more roles opening up in the new year.

“We have also recently recruited two graduates from MSD traffic management training programme, one going straight into traffic management and the other starting as a labourer with our surfacing team.”

“It’s historically harder to recruit in Wairarapa as younger people tend to leave for bigger towns and cities. Mahi Ora assists with our recruitment strategies and by partnering up we can help mould the programme to our needs as a business.”

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Whakatupu 2023

Congratulations to the Fletcher Construction graduates of the 2023 Whakatupu Māori leadership programme!

Whakatupu 2023

Congratulations to the Fletcher Construction graduates of the 2023 Whakatupu Māori leadership programme! Whakatupu is run by our parent company, Fletcher Building, and aims to increase the number of Māori leaders in the business.

Whakatupu consists of four modules each delivered in a two-day workshop. All modules are held on a marae with overnight stays during module one and four. Participants also have one-on-one coaching, as well as working as a group to develop an initiative to support Tikanga Māori.

This year, for the first time, our Whakatupu graduates will participate in the Tuakana Teina Mentoring Programme, extending their development beyond the Whakatupu programme. Through this initiative, each graduate will be paired with a tuakana (mentor) who will offer guidance and support on a monthly basis. The objective is to apply the skills acquired during Whakatupu and actively pursue their individual development goals with the mentor's assistance.

(L-R) Peter Brown (Higgins), Maoiha Te Hei (BPC), Kiri Croasdale (Higgins), Polimia Poulopoulos (BPC), Brendon Graham (Higgins) and Hikurangi Ratu (BPC)  

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Blessing ceremony for jack up barge fleet

A dawn karakia and naming ceremony was held for BPC’s jack-up barge fleet at Seaview Wharf in Wellington, led by Te Ᾱti awa Taranaki Whānui kaumata, Kura Moeahu, assisted by Alishia Moeahu.

Blessing ceremony for jack up barge fleet

A dawn karakia and naming ceremony was held for BPC’s jack-up barge fleet at Seaview Wharf in Wellington, led by Te Ᾱti awa Taranaki Whānui kaumata, Kura Moeahu, assisted by Alishia Moeahu.

After a kaikorero by BPC General Manager Andrew Burgess, Fletcher Building’s Mātauranga Māori Senior Advisor Val Panui delivered the waiata tautoko.

Our new 400t deck capacity barge, Manahau, has joined the fleet of Tūāpapa and Kaupapa. Manahau and Tūāpapa can lock together to create a floating platform 60m x 20m, giving us one of the biggest floating barge capacities in New Zealand and the largest jack-up capacity by 150t.

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Bridge gifted name Whakawhirinaki

The bridge BPC is building across Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River at Silverstream for Wellington Water was gifted the name Whakawhirinaki by local iwi at a dawn ceremony this month.

Bridge gifted name Whakawhirinaki

The bridge BPC is building across Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River at Silverstream for Wellington Water was gifted the name Whakawhirinaki by local iwi at a dawn ceremony this month.

At the karakia and naming ceremony, Taranaki Whānui Chair Kura Moeahu said Whakawhirinaki means ‘to lean against something, trust in something, depend on or rely on’. “Whirinaki is also the original name of the region,” Kura said, “so by naming this bridge Whakawhirinaki we are saying we trust in it and rely on it given the huge responsibility it has to carry our region’s water through Hutt Valley and Waiwhetu to its final destination.”

The new bridge will ensure that the Wellington region’s water infrastructure is well equipped to respond in the event of a major earthquake or weather event that could affect water supply. It will carry bulk water supplies across the river as well as a shared walking and cycling track. The current bridge is in poor condition and tricky to access for repairs. 

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Tree removal with a twist

Our Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway project team worked with Waka Kotahi and treaty partners Hōkai Nuku on a tree removal operation from a historic pā site associated with Te Hēmara Tauhia of...

Tree removal with a twist

Our Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway project team worked with Waka Kotahi and treaty partners Hōkai Nuku on a tree removal operation from a historic pā site associated with Te Hēmara Tauhia of Ngāti Whatua near the Johnstones Hill Tunnels.

This required the use of a massive 450-tonne crane. With the cultural significance of the area and the live traffic lanes on either side of the pā site, our team ensured safety throughout the operation which required the use of a massive 450-tonne crane.

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Te Korero o Mana Whenua in Construction

We hosted a kōrero with the AUT School of Future Environments about how infrastructure providers and Mana Whenua can build positive relationships.

Te Korero o Mana Whenua in Construction

We hosted a kōrero with the AUT School of Future Environments about how infrastructure providers and Mana Whenua can build positive relationships.

It’s an area where many of us have a lot to learn, so this was a great opportunity for our people, partners and customers to listen to the wisdom of Rawiri Faulkner (Mana Whenua Partnerships Manager, Te Arana Alliance), Otene Reweti (Pou Hononga, Watercare), and Val Panui (Kaitohutohu Ahurea Matua, Fletcher Building) – facilitated by AUT professor Tania Ka’ai.

We discussed what we can all do on an individual level as well as what we can do better as businesses. Take a look at the video to learn more. 

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Celebrating Matariki with our kapa

To celebrate Matariki 2022, we collected some stories of how our people were celebrating, to share with the wider team.

Celebrating Matariki with our kapa

To celebrate Matariki 2022, we collected some stories of how our people were celebrating, to share with the wider team. 

Jonathan Raureti from Brian Perry Civil Waikato told us he loves bringing Te Reo and Tikanga Māori into his work, so he named the Matariki stars for Kupu o te Rā (word of the day). He also shared the story of Matariki with his colleagues at their morning toolbox meeting. "I think the holiday is great, but I want to teach people that it's about more than just a day off. As a team, we talked about why we're celebrating Matariki".

Kiri Croasdale from Higgins Wellington (Te Arawa, Ngati Tama ki Te Tau Ihu, Nga Ruahine) held a special dinner for her whānau, then wrapped up warm for a public event. She suggests people use the day off as a chance to reflect. "At Matariki, it's important to remember those who have passed, and reset for the year ahead," she says.  Kiri is pleased Matariki is now being properly recognised. "I think it's pretty significant that it's being marked with a public holiday and is finally getting recognition.”

Zane Ape-Esera from Fletcher Construction wanted to do something special to celebrate the inaugural Matariki public holiday. "My whānau went up Takaparawhau (Bastion Point) to see the whetū (stars), then out for breakfast. It's a chance for reflection - to reflect on the past and think about the future."

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Our Te Reo learning journey

Lots of our people are on their own journey of learning Te Reo.

Our Te Reo learning journey

Lots of our people are on their own journey of learning Te Reo.

Some of them are attending the Fletcher Building classes, others are learning in their own time. We asked some of these learners to share why they think it’s important to learn Te Reo.

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Email signatures

For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2022 we made a small but important change to our email signatures - incorporating our purpose and brand taglines into Te Reo.

Email signatures

For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2022 we made a small but important change to our email signatures - incorporating our purpose and brand taglines into Te Reo.

At Fletcher Construction, our purpose is: 'We make places better for generations to come,' which has been translated to: 'Hei pāinga mā ngā uri'. At Higgins our tagline is: 'Showing the way' or 'Tohua te ara'. And for BPC: 'Made possible' has been translated to 'I taea'.

This change was inspired on one of our recent Whakatupu Māori leadership courses, completed by one of our planners Cory Teina. He says the idea came from learning their pepeha (personal introduction). “After that, we discussed how important email signatures are as a modern way of introducing yourself online. As a result, we wanted to add Te Reo to the digital introductions we use every day."

This was a rōpū project, with the mahi done alongside Paddy Raureti, Desiree Williams and Tame Wairepo-Bell. It’s one little change we can make to support the Te Reo journey we’re on as people, as a business, and as a country.

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Auraki Stream co-design collaboration

A collaborative approach in the co-design of the H4 Auraki Stream Road Retreat Project has yielded positive results for all stakeholders.

Auraki Stream co-design collaboration

A collaborative approach in the co-design of the H4 Auraki Stream Road Retreat Project has yielded positive results for all stakeholders. 

The co-design team included Higgins, Waka Kotahi, Beca, Mills Albert, JC Environmental, Horizons Regional Council and three Iwi groups, Ngāti Rangi, Uenuku Charitable Trust and Te Korowai o Te Awaiti. 

The aim of the collaboration was to improve the road retreat design developed in 2020 providing better care for the environment and reflect the values of Te Waiū-o-Te Ika.  It involved embracing simple values such as truly listening and considering the views of others and doing so in a timely way. To achieve this, multiple design/planning workshops, site visits, and weekly Hui were held with the co-design team as the designs progressed.  

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Whakatupu Māori Leadership Development Programme

Ngā mihi nui ki nga tauira o Whakatupu.

Whakatupu Māori Leadership Development Programme

Ngā mihi nui ki nga tauira o Whakatupu.

We are really proud to offer our Māori team members the chance to take part in the Whakatupu Māori Leadership Development Programme. Whakatupu is designed to create a pipeline of Māori leaders across the business, such as Fletcher Construction graduate engineer Hine Jones (Ngāti Tūwharetoa). Hine says taking part in the course was a very reflective process. "One of the things I enjoyed the most is decision making through a Māori lens with the Pono, Tika, Aroha framework. Pono is looking at what is true, tika is taking appropriate action, and aroha is making sure you show compassion in that decision."

Fletcher Building Mātauranga Māori (Cultural Coordinator) Val Panui says Hine is an inspiring mana wahine who’s forging a path with Fletcher Construction. “Hine just happens to be an engineer – a Māori wahine engineer. She’s a role model that is rare for our tamariki to aspire to."

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Bilingual signage

Fletcher Construction was one of the first construction companies in Aotearoa-New Zealand to introduce work-site signage in both English and Te Reo Māori.

Bilingual signage

Fletcher Construction was one of the first construction companies in Aotearoa-New Zealand to introduce work-site signage in both English and Te Reo Māori.

Timed to launch during Māori Language week, the bilingual signage was installed along the then under-construction Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway. The now-complete expressway forms a key part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, which is one of the Government’s roads of national significance. The Transmission Gully motorway, Mackays to Peka Peka and Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressways are the main infrastructural developments of the corridor.

When the signage was launched, the project manager Andy Goldie said it was both appropriate and courteous to use English and Te Reo Māori signage when engaging with a community with one of the highest percentages of Te Reo speakers in the country.

“Having bilingual signs is a way in which we can show respect for the Māori language and those who use it daily. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to encourage constructive links between the project team and the local community”.

With two Māori immersion schools and two bilingual units within mainstream schools in Ōtaki, there was also a real health and safety benefit.

The project team used Te Puni Kōkiri guidelines to develop the signage and involved pupils from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Rito to ensure the wording was right.  

Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Rito, Hēni Wirihana, says senior pupils at the kua took the job very seriously.

“Ka rawe te kite I ngā pānui reo-rua kit e hapori nei. It’s awesome to see bilingual signage for such a huge construction task here in Ōtaki. The fluency level of parents and staff at Te Rito gave us confidence that the wording would be succinct and correct. Ngā mihi, PP2Ō Expressway.”

Gail Campbell, Acting Manager Cultural Wealth at Te Puni Kōkiri told us the agency was delighted with the approach. “The guidelines were developed with public agencies in mind, so it’s great to see such a big private sector company embracing them. We commend the team for responding to their local community in this way,” she said.

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