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.

For Schools

Girls with Hi-Vis 2023 was the biggest year yet with 37 events and 800 students registered. Thank you for your support.

If you are interested in attending in 2024, please send an email to


Date Location Co-Host Company
6 June Hamilton Fulton Hogan
7 June Te Puke Brian Perry Civil + Higgins
7 June New Plymouth Fulton Hogan
7 June Christchurch Citycare Water
7 June Clyde Contact Energy
8 June Benmore Meridian Energy
8 June Christchurch Ventia
8 June Hawke's Bay Fulton Hogan
8 June Auckland John Fillmore Contracting
9 June Dunedin Downer (Connexis/EarnLearn collaboration)
12 June Auckland Fletcher Living (BCITO)
13 June New Plymouth Powerco + Downer
13 June Hawke's Bay Higgins
14 June Manapouri Meridian Energy
14 June Auckland Higgins
14 June Wellington Higgins
14 June Hamilton WEL Networks
15 June Hamilton Higgins
15 June Fielding Higgins
15 June Wellington Meridian Energy
16 June Christchurch HEB Construction
16 June Tauranga Takitimu North Link
16 June Auckland Eastern Busways
20 June Wellington Fulton Hogan
20 June Stratford Contact Energy
20 June Auckland HEB Construction
21 June Auckland Pipeline & Civil + Watercare
21 June Hastings Unison
21 June Christchurch CPB Contractors (BCITO/Connexis collaboration)
21 June Oamaru Whitestone Contracting
21 June Wairakei/Taupo Contact Energy (Connexis/EarnLearn collaboration)
22 June Gisborne Downer
23 June Auckland Ventia (Connexis/EarnLearn collaboration)
23 June Whakatane Horizon Networks
26 June Dunedin Southbase Construction, Ceres, Mitre10, Workforce Central Dunedin (BCITO)
19 July Rotorua Exeter Homes + The Shed (BCITO)

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
Learn more about the jobs from our ultimit ambassadors here