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.

  • Keystone Trust

    As a Key Partner Sponsor with Keystone Trust, Leighs Construction offers young people the opportunity to pursue a career in the property and construction sector. Our relationship with the Keystone Trust supports our vision of being a 'learning organisation' and our commitment to developing our people as future industry leaders.  

    We award an annual $5000 scholarship to support tertiary-level study, as well as an internship and ongoing mentoring and networking within our organisation and the Keystone family.

    This year's recipient was Julius Felise, who is studying Construction Management in Auckland. 

    If you think you've got what it takes to become Leigh's next Keystone Trust Sholarship recipient, check out the Keystone Trust website for more information.

  • Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

    Leighs Construction is proud to be a Mission Sponsor for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. 

    Our support for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust complements our work on a number of health sector construction projects in the region, including the Starship Hospital Wards Refurbishment, Ko Awatea 2 at Middlemore Hospital and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare.

    Click here to find out more about the work of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

  • SCAPE Public Art

    Leighs Construction has an exciting history working with SCAPE Public Art. In 2017, we supported the installation of 'Conduct Cumulus' in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.

    The work, by Auckland and Seoul-based artist, Seung Yui Oh, depicts a community of over-sized bubbles drifting across the Art Centre's South Quadrangle.

    Our work with SCAPE complements our our West Theatre Restoration Project at the Arts Centre, which is due for completion in late 2018. 

    Other SCAPE Public Art projects supported by Leighs Construction include 'Diminish and Acend - Staircase Sculpture' by Auckland artist, David McCracken (Christchurch Botanic Gardens, 2016) and New Zealand's largest public sculpture, 'Fanfare', by Neil Dawson (Christchurch Northern Motorway, 2015).

    For more information, check out the SCAPE website




  • The Highlanders

    Leighs Construction is proud to be the Official Construction Company of the Highlanders.

    We have a strong commitment to Otago, having recently opened our new construction office in Dunedin. We have a number of major projects underway in the region, including the University of Otago's Science Precinct Redevlopment Project and the new Dental School Redevelopment (being undertaken via our joint venture partnership, Leighs Cockram).

    Our Dunedin team takes great pride in the company's support of the Highlanders and wider community. Go the Highlanders! (except when they're playing the Crusaders :) 


  • Leighs Construction Summer Cinema

    Leighs Construction is proud to be bringing the Arts Centre of Christchurch 'back to life' after it suffered significant damage in the 2011 earthquakes.

    For the past two years, we've partnered with the Arts Centre to host the annual Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema. Held throughout the summer months, the Leighs Outdoor Cimema encourages the community to come and enjoy the Arts Centre's beautifully restored spaces. 

    Our support of this much-loved community event complements our work restoring the Arts Centre's West Theatre. When it's completed in late 2018, the West Theatre will house a two-screen arthouse cinema, shared office space, a new restaurant and subsidised apartments for writers, scientists and artists. 

    To find out more, check out the Arts Centre of Christchurch website

  • Sculpture in the Gardens

    Leighs Construction put its expertise in commercial construction to a different use in November 2017 - helping artists and engineers to install the artworks for the 2017/18 season of Sculpture in the Gardens at Auckland Botanic Gardens. 

    Installing dozens of scuptures around the Gardens' 64-hectare space posed some "interesting" logistical challenges, but the team from Leighs ensured the installations went without a hitch! The exhibition attracted a record number of visitors, encouraging locals and visitors alike to venture outdoors to enjoy some of New Zealand's most talented artists. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.