Sector insights
  • 406,165
    which is 15% of the total workforce of New Zealand was employed in Construction and Infrastructure sector in 2022. (Infometrics)
  • 98,256
    business units were operating in Construction and Infrastructure sector in 2022. (Infometrics)
  • 13.7%
    of workforce was Māori in 2018. (Infometrics)
  • $51,747m
    (million) which is 14.4% of New Zealand GDP was contributed by Construction and Infrastructure Industry in 2022. (Infometrics)


Waihanga Ara Rau is the Workforce Development Council for Construction and Infrastructure sector. We provide industries and employers with increased leadership and influence in vocational education. Our success lies in employers, including Māori business owners, trusting that vocational education graduates are job-ready, and that the system addresses future industry skills needs.

We support a diverse range of industries within construction and infrastructure, classified into 12 strategic sectors: Access Trades, Civil Infrastructure, Electricity Supply, Electrotechnology, Finishing Trades, Gas Supply, Off site Construction, On site Construction, Plumbing Gasfitting Drainlaying, Professional Services, Water Services and Retail and Wholesale Services.