Research project – Tracing the history of New Zealand’s civil contractors

Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) is the national association for infrastructure construction in New Zealand. Founded in 1944, CCNZ now has a national office and 12 branches. The organisation provides national and regional advocacy and support for members, which are the businesses that work to construct and maintain horizontal infrastructure such as roads, ports, bridges, water networks and rail lines.

CCNZ turns 80 years old in 2024 and is looking to trace the organisation’s history of support for civil construction companies back to its foundation. The project aims to explore the rich history of the organisation, building on prior written histories.

Through detailed research and interviews, presentations, and a published work, this project will bring to light the contribution of the organisation and its members to New Zealand, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the work contractors do.

Overall Project Objectives:

  1. Historical Research: Conduct in-depth research on CCNZ and its predecessor organisations, the New Zealand Contractors Federation, Roading New Zealand, and the Bitumen Contractors Association.
  2. Interviews: exploring the stories of past representatives, including life members, past presidents, and Branch representatives.
  3. Presentation: Research to inform an engaging presentation for the celebration of CCNZ’s 80th.
  4. Publication: Present the information in a relatable and accessible way for future decades of CCNZ members.

More information and how to submit and expression of interest for the project can be found here.