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.

We want to give your female students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, heard from inspirational women in the industry and learn what a career in the infrastructure’s civil, energy, telco and water industries can offer at Girls with Hi-Vis®.

Why you should attend

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

You will be able to 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.

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 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.

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.


Citycare Water – East Tamaki 
HEB Construction – Auckland – Northern Corridor Improvements with Waka Kotahi
HEB Construction – Auckland – (Auckland System Management – Ellerslie) 
Piritahi –Mount Roskill – Roskill Development 
Watercare Services Ltd – Mangere Water Treatment Plant-

Connetics – Christchurch –
HEB Construction – Christchurch 
HEB Construction – Selwyn 
Meridian – Twizel – Ohau B Power Station

Tairāwhiti Contractors –

HEB Construction – Napier – Napier Port 
Unison – Napier

Dunedin City Council 
– Southern Water Treatment Plant 
HEB Construction – Queenstown

Meridian – Manapōuri hydroelectric power station

Powerco & Downer – New Plymouth – Power station and Line Mechanic Training Site

BECA – Hamilton – Hamilton Express Way 
Contact Energy – Taupo -Wairakei Power Station
– Huntly Power station
Genesis – Tokaanu Power Station –
HEB Construction – Hamilton – Peacockes Project

Meridian Energy – Makara West Wind Farm

Downer – Transmission Gully – Porirua

Girls with Hi-Vis® 2021 were supported by the Ministry of Education, as part of their endeavour to provide opportunities for young people to connect to the world of work and explore industry-specific careers while in school to enhance their perspectives on vocational education.

Check out some stories from awesome women in the industry