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New Zealand's infrastructure industry has a skills gap when it comes to upgrading roading networks, replacing leaky water pipes, maintaining power lines or installing faster broadband technology, to name a few. These jobs are in high-demand, can be a lot of fun, and provide varied career paths…for women just as much as men.

Girls with Hi-Vis® gives female students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, hear from inspirational women in the industry and learn what a career in the infrastructure's civil, energy, telco and water industries can offer.

JUNE 2022


VIEW THIS YEAR'S EVENTS AND REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW

Registrations close 20 May



Why attend

Find out about infrastructure and the career opportunities that exist. You'll get to see what jobs look like, complete fun hands-on activities, listen to inspirational stories.

This is a great event for young women in high school who:

  • enjoy working with a great bunch of people
  • like practical hands-on work
  • like a variety of work
  • like making a positive impact in their community
  • may not know much about what infrastructure is
  • not sure what to do after school or what career opportunities exist

The days typically run from 9am -2pm and can include activities like:

  • Having a go on an excavator
  • Climbing a power-line pole
  • Water testing
  • Virtual Reality Traffic Management simulations
  • Exclusive power station, water treatment, and construction site tours

Why host a GWHV event?

Make a positive impact in your business and community by introducing female school students to what a career in your industry and company can offer.

Open the door to your entry-roles, internships, gateway programme or apprenticeship.

Why are we doing it?

GWHV is increasing the opportunities for more women in join the sector!

Females only account for about 6% of employees in the Infrastructure Industries in general – an incredibly low figure given females make up 50% of the population! This means that females are well under represented in the industry. Lets change that!

We believe in having the best people working on New Zealand’s infrastructure, irrespective of gender, and with our current skills shortage, the idea of infrastructure being a “male dominated” industry needs to change.

Some stories and advice from awesome women in the industry

  • Kat Kaiwai - Ultimit ambassador Women in Infrastructure
  • Ultimit Caitlin - Water: Women in Infrastructure
Learn more about the jobs from our ultimit ambassadors here

2022 EVENTS

See below for the list of 2022 GWHV events. If you would like to register to attend an event, please fill out the contact form below all listed events on this page.

If you are interested in attending an event that is FULL, please contact gwhv@connexis.org.nz to go on the waiting list.

AUCKLAND REGION
WAIKATO/BAY OF PLENTY
CENTRAL REGION
SOUTH ISLAND
REGISTRATION FORM

AUCKLAND REGION

9 June

Fulton Hogan

Rotate students around a number of stations including lab work.

Auckland

14 June

HEB Construction

3 events in one: Ormiston Town Centre Structure, Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive, Te Whau.

Auckland

15 June

Watercare Services Ltd

Tour of a plant and talks from female engineers.

Auckland

16 June

Fletcher Construction

NCICC Project – This will be the largest purpose built convention centre in the country. There will be a tour of the site, a panel of female talent, interactive footage of the project evolution and a session with the project director.

Auckland

22 June

HEB Construction

Cameras managing the Auckland Motorway System.

Auckland

23 June (FULL)

John Fillmore Contracting Ltd

Travel to Waiwharariki Anzac Square. Take part in site works and visit recently completed Hurstmere Road site.

Auckland

28 June

Geotechnics

The event will include a tour of the laboratories and warehouse, as well as hands-on activities such as crushing concrete cylinders, sample prep and sieving, taking measurements in the Metrology lab, and assisting with Triaxial and Soils lab tests.

Auckland

28 June (FULL)

Downer NZ

City Rail Link project.

Auckland

29 June

Citycare Water

See an outside meter box, hydrant and spot road markings that identify these. Assemble a meter. Visit a pump station. Review real CCTV video footage. Learn how and where our rainwater flows through and the main hurdles it may encounter on its way to the sea.

Auckland

REGISTRATION FORM

WAIKATO/BAY OF PLENTY

8 June (FULL)

Fletcher Construction / Higgins

Either City Edge Alliance project evolution or Higgins Site office. Senior female operational staff will be in attendance.

Waikato

15 June

Schick Civil Construction

Civil construction

Waikato

15 June

Genesis Energy

Tokaanu Power Station. Attendees will hear from a panel of operations staff, go on a tour of the power station, and do some activities relating to power .engineering such as building a mini earth dam. They will also get to try out VR technology.

Tongariro (Waikato)

16 June

Waitahi Contractors

Digger and Roller demos, pipe and building structure information, and speakers.

Bay of Plenty (Whakatane)

17 June

Civtec

Working with Waikato Women in Infrastructure Group. Hands on activities and tour, as well as talks from women in the industry.

Waikato

17 June 

HEB Construction

Takitumu project.

Tauranga

22 June

Genesis Energy

Huntly Power Station. Attendees will hear from a panel of operations staff, go on a tour of the power station, and do some activities relating to power engineering such as building a mini earth dam. They will also get to try out VR technology.

Huntly (Waikato)

REGISTRATION FORM

CENTRAL REGION

2 June

HEB Construction

Te Ahu a Turanga - Manawatu Tararua Highway

Palmerston North

3 June (FULL)

HEB Construction

Centreport

Wellington

10 June

Fletcher Construction/Higgins - Palmerston North

Panel of local Higgins female staff to speak with students. Practical sessions including a drone demo, lab tour, and plant demo.

Palmerston North

15 June (FULL)

Meridian Energy

Day includes a site visit to wind farm, hands on activities in a workshop, and guest speakers.

Wellington

16 June (FULL)

Downer NZ

Centreport site visit

Wellington

17 June  (FULL)

Fletcher Construction/Higgins

Practical sessions with access to plant and machinery demos, if Health and Safety allows, they will be moving tires and sand using a digger. In partnership with AUT on the Bridges to Schools programme, students will build a suspension bridge.

Hawke's Bay

27 June

Downer NZ

Gisborne

REGISTRATION FORM

SOUTH ISLAND

9 June

HEB Construction

Building a waste water pump station

Wanaka

14 June

Meridian Energy

Benmore Power Station

North Otago/South Canterbury

15 June (FULL)

Marlborough Lines Ltd

A mix of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Female employees will be on site to interact and work with the students

Blenheim

15 June

Citycare Property

Asphalt plant tour and lab work or large construction site tour

Christchurch

15 June (FULL)

Downer NZ  (Ka Huanui a Tahuna project)

Multiple site visit

Queenstown

17 June

Nor West Contracting Ltd Civil contracting including site tours Canterbury

20 June

CPB Contractors

An exclusive behind the scenes tour of Te Pae – The Christchurch Convention Centre and insight into the infrastructure in a building project support by women in the construction industry.

Christchurch

21 June

HEB Construction

Selwyn Council/Site visits

Christchurch

22 June

Meridian Energy

Manapouri Power Station

Southland

REGISTRATION FORM

REGISTRATION FORM

We will review the details you have provided and follow up with you to confirm your participation.

If you have indicated a preference for a particular event, we will do our best to accommodate this. Please note however that some events have limitations on numbers or location, and we may need to follow up with you about alternative options.

Need help with transport costs to and from your GWHV event? We may be able to help. Talk to us at gwhv@connexis.org.nz.

If you are interested in attending an event that is FULL, please contact gwhv@connexis.org.nz to go on the waiting list.

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