Nau mai haere mai!

Welcome to Hōkai Nuku. We are helping to plan and construct the Ara Tūhono, Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway.

Ara Tūhono passes through the rohe of Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Rango, Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Mauku and Ngāti Kauae of Te Uri o Hau. We want Māori  to benefit from this construction project. One of the ways that people can benefit is through training and employment.

Civil Construction Apprenticeships

We are looking for people to be apprentices. Apprentices train on the job and get paid.

A Civil Construction apprenticeship will get you qualified for a civil infrastructure trade. Doing your apprenticeship on the Ara Tūhono will teach you how to construct a major transport link. You’ll learn about laying infrastructure, operating machinery safely, cutting and moving earth and how to interpret work plans. Most importantly, you’ll learn from some of the best in the industry on how to do the job properly, professionally. Hōkai Nuku will also be there to tautoko you to help you succeed.

Sound like you?

Do you like being outdoors? Do you like a varied work programme? Do you like working with lots of different people? If so, this would be a great career for you.

Before you apply for this apprenticeship, you need to say ‘yes’ to these four things:

Do you have Māori whakapapa?



Are you committed to being drug free?

Health and safety is paramount for this job. Everyone on the Ara Tūhono project who goes on site must take a drug test when they begin. There will also be random drug tests once you have started.



Do you have a restricted or full Class 1 driving license?



Will you be able to get to the Pūhoi and Warkworth area every morning for work?




Leave your name and contact details here. Someone from Hōkai Nuku will ring you to chat about what to do next.

Or email  or text 021 409 908.

What to expect if you land an apprenticeship

You will be based at Warkworth. You will start at 6:00 AM most days. You will work a 40-hour week. You must also do some coursework in your own time. You will work closely with your Line Manager and other project members who will guide your on-the-job training and coursework.

Here’s a video to give you an idea of some of the mahi that civil contractors might do:

How long is the apprenticeship?

You will start by Jan 2020 and train for 24-42 months, depending how long it takes you to get the required hours of experience. If you already have some experience of working with infrastructure you may have a shorter training period. You’ll have a guaranteed income for the entire time of your apprenticeship. When you finish, you’ll be able to get your accreditation ‘ticket’ which will mean you can find work anywhere in the civil construction industry.

What’s the pay like?

You will be paid at the adult minimum wage rate. This is currently $17.70 per hour (gross).  So a 40 hour week will mean $708 less tax as take home pay (if you don’t have to pay a student loan). If you are over 18, some overtime work may also be available, and after 12 months you will be entitled to a performance and pay review. Once you have your ticket of certification your pay will increase to that of a qualified civil contractor.

Ngā mihi

This apprenticeship is offered in conjunction with our partners on the Ara Tūhono, Pūhoi to Warkworth: NX2, Acciona Infrastructure, Fletcher Construction, Higgins Contractors, and the NZ Transport Agency. Tēna koutou.