Leighs in the community

As well as constructing great buildings, we are strongly committed to playing a role in supporting our wider community through sponsorship of the arts, sporting, educational and other community initiatives.

Leighs continues to provide effort and support to a diverse group, including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Ronald McDonald House, Christchurch International Musical Theatre, the John Hendry Memorial Heritage Trust, Air NZ Koru Kids, and SCAPE.

  • The Highlanders

    Leighs Construction Limited is excited to be an Associate Partner of The Highlanders, further reinforcing our commitment to and huge support for the Otago region.

    As well as Leighs Construction delivering the University of Otago Science Precinct redevelopment project, Leighs Cockram JV, of which Leighs Construction is a 50 per cent shareholder, is also constructing the University’s new Dental School redevelopment project.

  • TEDXScottBase

    Our relationship with Antarctica New Zealand dates back nearly as long as Leighs Construction has been around for – we were the first private organisation to design and build for the New Zealand Government in Antarctica, with all previous work being carried out by the military.

    We’re proud to have been name Emperor Sponsor for this unique event to celebrate New Zealand’s 60th anniversary of Scott Base, which on 22nd January 2017 saw a variety of guests, including singer Gin Wigmore, adventurer Ashlan Cousteau, Icebreaker founder Jeremy Moon and astronaut Dan Berry broadcasting worldwide from the ice.

    With a goal of spreading the word about environmental sustainability to an audience wider than those interested in scientific studies, this worthy event was viewed by millions, who tuned in across the globe.

  • New Brighton Tiny Huts Design Competition

    Leighs Construction is excited to be part of the New Brighton Tiny Huts Design Competition.

    The huts are a play on English sea-side beach huts, each measuring two metres square, and will be placed in New Brighton's town centre to liven up the seaside suburb's public places this summer.

    Ting Lin, who is studying architecture at Ara Institute of Canterbury, was the winner of the People's Choice and came 1st in the Tiny Huts competition run by the Christchurch City Council. We look forward to working with Ting to bring her Shell Chapel to life over the coming months, after which it will become a permanent fixture on the New Brighton foreshore.  

  • Arts Festival Dunedin

    We're excited to be sponsoring Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen as part of Arts Festival Dunedin. 

    These master storytellers and melody makers take the old world of waltzes, polkas and mazurkas and crash headlong into the new world of swing, rhythm’n’blues and rock’n’roll for their own distinctive sound and wonderfully theatrical show.

    Leighs Construction is proud to be part of this boutique festival in a boutique city.

  • Keystone Trust

    We are proud to be working with Keystone Trust as a Key Scholarship Partner, and offering a great opportunity to a student studying at University and looking to take up a career in the property and construction sector. This is an amazing opportunity which includes a scholarship valued at $5,000 for one year of study, plus loads of mentoring and networking within our organisation and the Keystone family.

    If you are looking to follow a pathway into property or construction, make sure you check this out the Keystone Trust website for more information.

  • Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

    As Series Sponsor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, we provide this Christchurch institution with encouragement and financial backing. We value our relationship with the orchestra, which also provides us with an opportunity to ensure the greater Christchurch community carries on and prospers.

    It would be hard to imagine a 21st century city existing without a vibrant and dynamic arts scene. The CSO  is at the heart of our city – from its diverse and engaging concert programmes to its belief in what music can and does bring to our communities. 

  • SCAPE Public Art

    Leighs Construction has an exciting history working with SCAPE Public Art. This year, we are proud to be sponsoring Presence: the curated exhibition element of the SCAPE Public Art Season 2016. Located on the Christ’s College Quadrangle, the works respond to the broad theme of Presence and is a landmark inaugural public presentation, by leading contemporary New Zealand artists, at this location. The exhibition will be accessible to the public from Rolleston Avenue throughout the season.

    Winter 2015 saw completion of the installation of Neil Dawson’s ‘Fanfare’ sculpture. New Zealand's largest public sculpture, Fanfare, 2004/15 by Neil Dawson is a permanent landmark which can be seen standing tall over the Canterbury Plains at Chaney's Corner. Originally commissioned in 2004, it was suspended from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the New Year in 2005. ‘Fanfare’ was donated to Christchurch by the City of Sydney in 2007. 

    This visionary six-storey-high sphere (20m in diameter and weighing 25 tonnes) is covered in 1.5m steel pinwheel fans and can be illuminated in a spectrum of colours at night. 

    Leighs was heavily involved in this $1.3 million project to transform what was originally a temporary sculpture into a permanent work of art. Joints have been strengthened and every piece of the complex artwork has been galvanised to make it rust proof. The top half of the structure was built on the specially erected support scaffolding and then craned into place and bolted to the bottom part of the sphere, which was built on the support legs, with further support scaffolding. 

    The SCAPE 7 Public Art Christchurch Biennial was held over six weeks, from the end of September until early November 2013. The Biennial saw the installation of a major legacy, permanent public artwork, the start of the installation of a second legacy artwork, a public art walkway, featuring 11 new temporary artworks over 20 sites, and an education and community engagement programme, with a series of public events.

  • James Blas

    In August 2013, James Blas, a company foreman with Leighs Construction, suffered an aneurism and stroke. Not long beforehand, the 37-year-old and his family had moved to Christchurch from Wanganui to work on the rebuild of the city. Leighs staff engaged in a series of fundraising efforts – sponsorships, raffles, blind auctions, a paintball day, a donation website and Trademe auctions. We were thrilled that not only immediate staff, but also suppliers and subcontractors, all came on board for the fundraising efforts.

  • Christchurch International Musical Theatre

    Leighs was also very happy to make a donation to the Christchurch International Musical Theatre, towards the formation of a Summer School, starting in Christchurch in 2014.

  • Philippines Disaster Relief Fund

    Leighs staff raised money for the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund, following the wide-spreading devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013. Our people have a heightened awareness of the Philippines, particularly since Leighs began directly employing groups of skilled workers from the Philippines more than a year ago. Our donation was forwarded to Red Cross New Zealand in support of the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

  • CDHB 'all right' campaign

    We were honoured to be invited to take part in the Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) 'all right' campaign. The CDHB wanted to know what makes the people and families of Leighs feel ‘all right.’ We provided honest feedback for the campaign, which was held in conjunction with the CDHB's billboard campaign displayed on the walls surrounding our High Street project.

  • Ronald McDonald House South Island

    Ronald McDonald House South Island enjoys a high profile in Christchurch. Leighs was very pleased to support this worthwhile institution by making a donation to its Supper Club Christchurch event, supporting the popular Day at the Polo event, and contributing to its ‘Fill the Bus’ campaign for families staying at Ronald McDonald House South Island at Christmas.

  • The John Hendry Memorial Heritage Trust

    We were pleased to support the John Hendry Memorial Heritage Trust, a group providing support and research to a wide range of heritage projects within Canterbury. The trust raises and disburses funds to assist with the conservation and restoration of listed historic buildings in and aims to foster research into the province’s architectural past.

  • Air NZ Koru Kids

    Leighs has also made donations to The Air New Zealand Koru Kids charity auction. The group are highly valued by the community and provide terrific support for children with health problems.