Naylor Love

Building, Construction & Engineering

Naylor Love is country’s largest privately owned construction company and we’re proud to have served New Zealand since 1910.

“We pride ourselves in being a great place to work and to taking a leadership role in several key areas in the construction industry.”

We have offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown and can call our specialist teams to participate in projects all over the country.

We provide construction services to both public and private sector clients in areas such as design and build, heritage refurbishments, adaptive reuse (remodelling of existing buildings), interior fitouts, seismic strengthening and environmentally sustainable design.

With over 900 staff we offer employment opportunities on a national scale and in a wide range of fields including technical positions such as quantity surveyors and project managers, trade-based roles such as carpenters, leading hands and forepersons and support roles such as Project Administrators, finance and IT.

Our Purpose

Our purpose statement is Building People, Creating a Sustainable Future | He Whaihanga Tangata, He Waihanga Anamata Toitū.

This statement defines what lies at the heart of Naylor Love and our greatest asset – our people.

We’ve packed a lot into those six words – Building People acknowledges both our primary business as a construction company and our commitment to developing all those who make up the Naylor Love team. Our vision for a Sustainable Future encompasses our focus on the wellbeing and diversity of our people, our determination to leave the planet a better place, and our efforts to ensure that the construction industry remains a great place to work.

Our Values / Ko ō mātau uara

At Naylor Love, our values act as a reference point for everything we do.

We are committed to supporting and demonstrating our values when interacting with each other, our clients, our suppliers and the community

Our Heritage

Naylor Love has served the property industry in New Zealand for over 100 years.

WH Naylor

We are proud of our heritage, which has been built around a commitment to building long-term relationships and a policy of continuous improvement as we strive to be measurably the best construction company in New Zealand.

Early History

Naylor Love started as two independent building companies in Dunedin in 1910, WH Naylor and Love Brothers Construction, which for over six decades played a major part in the development of Southern New Zealand.

A remarkable number of our early buildings are still standing today, and you can see the emphasis on quality buildings and long-term partnerships emerging very early with both of our founding families.

Roles we offer

We offer a range of roles which provides plenty of opportunity for everyone
  • Quantity Surveying/ Estimating​
  • Project Management ​
  • Project Administration​
  • Engineering​
  • Design ​
  • Building Information Modelling​
  • Finance​
  • Human Resources
  • Site Management​
  • Health, Safety & Environment​
  • Apprenticeships​
  • Carpentry​
  • Planners and Programmers
  • Building Services (Mechanical Engineers)


Career Pathways

How do you get started on a career in commercial construction? A Naylor Love cadetship or apprenticeship is a great place to begin, and could lead to a rewarding career in the trades, design management, site management, project management, quantity surveying, health & safety, estimating, building services, engineering or contracts management. Naylor Love also offers a range of entry-level site and office-based administration and support roles which can lead on to interesting and challenging construction careers.


Naylor Love offers apprenticeships to students who have completed their pre-trade carpentry training. Our apprentices have the opportunity to work on a wide range of large and small commercial construction projects while completing their qualifications.​

We generally recruit apprentices directly from institutions offering accredited pre-trade training.

Cadetship Programme

Naylor Love has a long-established cadetship programme and we are excited about automating the programme to be individually tailored with interactive and automated modules. Our cadets are provided with mentorship and guidance for real world application of what has been learnt in the classroom.

We offer a variety of different pathways for those wishing to pursue a career in: quantity surveying, estimating, construction management (includes site management and project management), health and safety, BIM or building services.​

We look for cadets who have completed a diploma or degree in a construction-related field, or who studying for a relevant qualification. We consider applications from current staff members such as carpenters who seek to develop their skill base. ​

Our cadetship programme is tailor-made for each cadet, depending on what stage they are at with their studies and their previous experience. Cadets generally study part-time if they need to complete their degree or diploma.​

Vacancies in our sought-after cadetship programme are advertised on the Naylor Love Careers website as they become available.


Naylor Love has made a genuine and profound commitment to be the leader in sustainable construction practices and the champion of sustainable construction products in New Zealand.

We’re committed to becoming the leader in:

  • Design management, including sustainable buildings
  • Championing environmentally sustainable construction practices and products, particularly engineered timber
  • Innovation through investment in research and the search for new ideas, products and methodologies
  • Focussing on our people; their personal development, wellbeing & work-life balance
  • Developing the best teams and innovative supply chain models to transform both Naylor Love and our industry
  • Supply of warm, dry, sustainable and affordable social housing
Response to climate change

Naylor Love is proactively assessing the potential risks and opportunities to our business from climate related changes. Our work to date shows that there could be disruptions to our supply chain and materials, which we consistently keep abreast of and forecast into our services. We will continue to develop our knowledge in this space and plan to adapt accordingly.

Over the next 12 months, we will use the TCFD framework to quantify and understand the financial risks of climate change on Naylor Love which will be disclosed on our website and in our Annual Report.

For further detailed information on our sustainability goals and achievements head to our sustainability page.

Textile Waste Recycling

We’ve been looking for a good home for our end-of-life branded clothing – a closed-loop solution that keeps it out of landfill and produces a product that we can use on our sites.

We put our heads together with Bob, Ben and Tim from Textile Products, who are experts in repurposing textile waste like uniforms, carpet and insulation to create a range of products.

The solution is RETEX, a recycled textile mat made from our uniforms and other textile waste that we can use to protect materials, surfaces and edges from the knocks and dings of life on a building site. It replaces the non-recyclable corflute sheets and pool noodles that we have been using.

What makes it even better is that we can send it back to Textile Products to make more RETEX over and over again, which means it will never end up if landfill.

Finding innovative solutions for the 180,000 tonnes of clothing, uniforms, and textile waste that’s dumped in NZ every year has been a passion of mine for a very long time. It’s great to be able to work with a leading construction company who are equally passionate about creating a more sustainable pathway for textile waste. Watch this space for more closed-loop textile solutions!

– Bob Willis, Textile Products

KiwiHarvest Winter Food Campaign

We’ve teamed up with KiwiHarvest to support their Winter Food Campaign, pledging to build up to 100 upcycled planter packages for locals in need, who can use them to grow their own vegetables and herbs.

Our Central Otago Health & Safety Manager Mike Healy designed and built the prototype planter with his teenage son. They’re made from recycled pallets, incorporate self-watering reservoirs, and fit in the back of a car so they can be moved easily. Thanks to some incredible support from other campaign partners, each one will come as a complete package with seeds, netting and locally made compost.

There are heaps of ways you can support Winter Food Campaign, from donating groceries, to donating money, to donating some time to help build the planters – Mike will be establishing planter building community workshops over the next few weeks.


We are COMMITTED through our wellbeing programme to ensure Naylor Love continues to create a positive working environment for our people.

We understand that wellbeing does not start and end in the workplace and that a whole range of factors come together to determine our overall health and wellbeing as individuals.

Our approach to wellbeing is based on the Te Whare Tapa Whā  model of health that helps us to identify where we need extra support. It describes health as a wharenui or meeting house with four pillars that reprsent mental wellbeing (taha hinengaro), family wellbeing (taha whānau), physical wellbeing (taha tinana) and spiritual wellbeing (taha wairua). Connection with the land (whenua) forms the foundation. Each part of the wharenui is given equal weighting – should any of the four elements be impaired or missing, overall wellbeing will be negatively impacted.

Health and Wellbeing Benefits
  • Annual Skin Checks – Saves Lives
  • Regular Health Monitoring
  • Wellbeing programmes & seminars
  • Annual Flu Vaccinations
  • Sick bank
  • Access to free independent counselling and support services
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Medical Insurance for you and your family
  • Paid Parental Leave top up for 26 Weeks.
  • Paid Partner Parental Leave
  • Ability to purchase additional leave
  • Volunteer day off
  • Staff purchasing benefits

Rewards and Recognition

Our Goal: To have a culture where staff receive recognition f​or behaviours that support our values

Naylor Love is committed to continuously building a culture where staff are engaged and motivated and want to work for us.

See it! Reward it!

Our internal reward programme where anyone who ‘sees it’ can ‘reward it’ for staff who are doing a great job in line with Our Values. All nominees receive a voucher and are mentioned in our fortnightly newsletter.

Excellence Awards

Each year Naylor Love celebrates the success of our staff and project teams in the form of our Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards showcase and recognise staff and teams who exemplify excellence and stand out for their dedication, values, commitment and success.  Held annually at the CEO Roadshow, all regions have category winners as well as an overall national winner for each category.

Belonging, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Naylor Love values diversity as an essential element of our culture. We aspire to be a workplace that fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion by creating an inviting and supportive space for all staff that values difference and celebrates uniqueness. 

We recognise that in the construction sector, we need to do more to increase a diverse and inclusive culture.

The communities in which we work are increasingly diverse and so we need to reflect this change in our business also.

Our aim is to inspire individuals to pursue a career in construction, challenging traditional assumptions and stereotypes associated with the construction industry.

Women in Construction

We are Platinum sponsors of the National Association of Women in Construction NZ (NAWIC)​. In line with our goal to increase the number of women in our business and provide equal opportunities for women in all roles within construction, NAWIC encourages women to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the construction industry.

We encourage all women at Naylor Love to join by providing them with memberships to ensure everyone has equal opportunities to be a part of this fantastic organisation.

​​Diversity Works New Zealand

Diversity Works New Zealand is the national body for workplace diversity, equity and inclusion. As members of Diversity Works New Zealand, we are committed to creating workplaces with fair, reasonable and flexible employment practices which enable people to flourish and perform at their best.


We support Akaha in Otago which provides Māori and Pasifika with work experience opportunities with the aim to offer apprenticeships which support positive social outcomes.


In the social procurement space, we’re engaging with Amotai who is Aotearoa’s supplier diversity intermediary tasked with connecting Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses with buyers wanting to purchase goods, services and works.


We partner with Ākina who is also in the social procurement space who are New Zealand’s leading impact development consultancy. 

Big Brother Big Sisters

We have a multiyear partnership with youth mentoring organisation​ Big Brothers Big Sisters New Zealand.​ The partnership will increase capacity for one-to-one mentoring relationships through trained adult volunteers, directly supporting the lives of hundreds of young people and their whānau/families in communities across Āotearoa New Zealand.

Mates in Construction

Naylor Love is supporting Wellbeing in the New Zealand construction industry by becoming a Premium Partner of MATES in Construction​, a workplace suicide prevention programme.

The MATES programme focuses on opening up communication channels, changing on-site culture and improving knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide. It starts with a one-hour General Awareness induction for all workers on a site, providing the skills to help workers start discussions with someone who may be struggling on-site or even in their community. Volunteers can also be trained as Connectors (trained to help keep someone in crisis safe, while at the same time connecting them to professional help), with some also receiving ASIST advanced intervention training.

The MATES programme provides you with the skills you need to help someone who is struggling with their mental health. It’s all about mates helping mates to save lives.

There are currently no jobs available

Unfortunately there are currently no positions available at Naylor Love, please check back soon.