Building support: Tamara Cummins, left, and Nell Pooley from the new local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction


A local painting contractor’s forming a support group for women in the Queenstown Lakes construction industry, and women servicing it.

Arrowtowner Nell Pooley says she heard about the National Association of Women in Construction from her supplier, Resene.

‘‘I hadn’t heard about it, so I started looking into it and I was like, ‘great, I’d love to join’, and then I realised the closest [chapter] here is Canterbury.’’

Founding chair Pooley says other New Zealand chapters of the international organisation have between 60 and 200 members.

‘‘I’m aiming for 200, why not?’’

Aside from the growing number of female tradies, she says ‘‘the amount of female architects, quantity surveyors and all that sort of professional side that are down here is unreal’’.

While there’s a networking side, Pooley believes the chapter’s role is more about supporting women in the industry.

‘‘Even though there are a lot more women, it’s still a male-dominated industry.’’

Membership, which is also open to men, is $75 a year, which members’ employers could stump up, she suggests.

Another committee member, local project manager Tamara Cummins, says ‘‘the benefits
include the opportunity for women who are in the industry to share their experiences’’.

The duo are aiming to hold eight to 12 meetings a year, and are wanting to hear from
businesses keen to host them.

Already, the local Hirepool branch has offered to host an interactive event.

The chapter’s official launch is on October 15.

Anyone interested can contact Pooley at