Community Support

We believe in the importance of supporting our local community.  To that end, we support local Timaru schools and charitable events with donations of time, service and money. We also sponsor two children through Tearfund and are truly excited to be partners in the global Buy1Give1 initiative. B1G1 enables us to give back in meaningful and impactful ways. Check out the B1G1 Impact Map to see the difference Harding Construction has helped make around the world!

We are pleased to have also supported Diabetes South Canterbury, Relay for Life, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand and the Special Children's Christmas Party

Our staff take pride in supporting our local community and are actively involved in thinking of practical ways to do this.

Young Enterprise

"Upbeat Wine" was a group of students from Timaru Boys High School who participated in the Young Enterprise challenge for 2016. Heather Harding, GM of Harding Construction, had the privilege of mentoring these motivated young men, helping them develop their business model..

"It was a great experience working with the Upbeat Wine team. The group worked through an involved development process to refine their product and marketing. They came up with a great final product that utilised their manufacturing skills and available resources. They made a profit, learned a lot and still have the potential to sell more wine holders. They would make great Christmas presents!"

Our congratulations go to Hamish Murdoch, Hunter Webb, Sam Taylor and Marcus Shillito.

Enquiries for wine holders can be made to

Harding Construction supports Young Farmer of the Year competition

Harding Construction / Coresteel South Canterbury put on a good show at the NZ Young Farmer of the Year competition in Timaru earlier this year.

The event was held at Caroline Bay, Timaru on July 8. Harding Construction / Coresteel South Canterbury coordinated and provided the carpentry activity for the Head to Head challenge.  The 7 regional finalists had 25 minutes to build “Granny’s woodshed” from pre-cut supplies. The prototype stood covered with a tarpaulin in the centre of the ring, giving the contestants an idea of the size and shape of the shed, but not the details. The prototype was revealed with just 10 minutes to go, so the young farmers could stop guessing and make any changes if they wanted.  One, whose woodshed was significantly different to the freshly revealed original, wryly quipped “The prototype is clearly wrong” and with a grin, committed himself to his more ‘creative’ design.

Whilst basically a jigsaw, the event was designed to challenge the competitors organisational, problem-solving and practical building skills. It was possible but difficult to complete it within the 25-minute timeframe. The contestants put in a great effort, but the challenge proved too tough and none managed to complete their woodsheds before the buzzer went off. Logan Wallace of Otago-Southland won the event, scoring points for quality of workmanship and for getting the most work completed.

Athol New, representing the Aorangi region, was the ultimate winner of the 2016 Young Farmer of the Year competition. In a Radio NZ interview he commented that the Head to Head event was “pretty challenging and good fun.” The crowd certainly enjoyed watching it and there were even two about ordering a shed, afterwards.

Harding Construction / Coresteel South Canterbury are proud to have been involved with the challenge and congratulate all the contestants on a terrific competition. Our hearty congratulations go to Athol New, winner of the NZ Young Farmer of the Year, 2016.

Tearfund Support

Harding Construction has two new team members. They're not builders. They're not construction experts.

They're kids.

Five year old Marcos from Brazil and eight year old Jawsa from Thailand are our newest recruits via sponsorship through Tearfund. Marcos likes music, art and cars. Jawsa likes art and soccer.

We've taken on sponsorship of these two young children as part of our philosophy of making a positive difference in the world. Not only will we provide financial support via our company sponsorship, but we will also encourage our team members and their families to get involved in supporting these kids with letters, cards and photos, etc.

We're excited about these latest additions to our work family and look forward to sharing updates with you.

Click here to visit Tearfund and learn more about sponsoring a child.

Click here to view a personalised video from Tearfund to us.


Prostate Cancer Thank you

Dear Harding Construction

We appreciate your support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Your generous donation allows us to continue our work in men's health.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is a non-government funded organisation which works to educate people about prostate and testicular cancers and encourages men to seek early detection as well as support men diagnosed and their families.

Thank you for your support.

Claire Gard
National Operations Manager