HH Bunckenburg Memorial Trust

The HH Bunckenburg Memorial Trust was established in honour of the late Henry Herbert Bunckenburg, who was a great influence on the quantity surveying profession and was instrumental in the development of Quantity Surveying education programmes, where he became a highly regarded tutor. 

The HH Bunckenburg Memorial Trust continues Henry's remarkable work in quantity surveying education with a number of initiatives such as sponsoring student awards and an educational speaker at the annual NZIQS conference:


HH Bunckenburg Memorial Trust Scholar Award

This Award is presented to the top nominated students studying the degree programmes at Massey University, UNITEC, Ara, Otago Polytechnic and SIT.  The award winners are presented with a certificate and $1250. The award winners are nominated by their respective tertiary institute, and must be members of NZIQS.


HH Bunckenburg Memorial Trust Bursary

The H. H. Bunckenburg Memorial Trust offers an academic bursary each year to NZIQS members who have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) and now want to attain an undergraduate quantity surveying degree.

The bursary is worth $625.00 per paper studied, to a maximum of four papers ($2,500).

The degree programme must be accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors i.e.:

Unitec Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) 

Massey University Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Ara                                                  Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Southern Institute of Technology                                    Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Future Skills Academy/Otago Polytechnic, Auckland        Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Bursary applicants must be:

  • NZ citizens or permanent residents
  • Members of NZIQS
  • Graduates (or about to graduate) with the NZ Diploma in Construction (QS strand) or National Diploma in Quantity Surveying.



Stu Watson (NZIQS Vice-President) Chair

Keith Harvey 

Kelsey Telford


On 10 March 1986 the HH Bunckenburg Memorial Trust was established in partnership with New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors “in recognition of the contribution made to the profession of quantity surveying by the late Henry Herbert Bunckenburg, MBE, ED.” 

The three inaugural trustees were Colin Henry Toomey (then of Wellington), Kenneth Holmes (of Auckland) and extant NZIQS President, then Ian Harold Harrison of Christchurch. Colin Toomey remained a Trustee and Secretary Treasurer until 2010.

About Henry Herbert Bunckenburg

Henry Herbert Bunckenburg was born in Wellington 28 May 1912, was educated at the Te Aro School and Wellington Technical College.

Prior to World War II Henry was a carpenter, he saw war service in Army in the Middle East, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer, and later at Trentham Military Camp as Medical Adjutant being commissioned.

On return to civilian life he became a quantity surveyor with the Housing Department under Arch Jones, and soon became his Assistant – a post he held until his retirement in 1975. Henry was not a foundation member of the then Quantity Surveyors Institute of New Zealand, but joined as an Associate 21 June 1945. Henry became the institute President twice, in 1954 and 1961-63 - a total of 3 years. He was awarded Fellowship in 1956 and Life Membership in 1972. 

He was instrumental in starting the Cadet School for quantity surveyors in the Ministry of Works and Development and was the first full time teacher at the school after retirement. Henry was an outstanding teacher with an excellent exam success rate his teaching had a marked effect on the success of a large number of cadets in qualifying as professional Quantity Surveyors. READ MORE