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 and Otago Polytechnic.The award winners are presented with a certificate and monetary award up to the value of $1000. All applicants must be members of NZIQS.

Scholar Award Winners


HH Bunckenburg Memorial Trust Bursary

The H. H. Bunckenburg Memorial Trust offers an academic bursary each year to provide assistance with the cost of attaining a degree in Quantity Surveying to holders of the New Zealand National Diploma in Quantity Surveying.

The bursary carries a value of $500.00 per paper to a maximum of four papers in an undergraduate degree in quantity surveying offered by a New Zealand Teaching Institution in an academic year to the successful applicant.  The degree programme must be recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors.  All applicants must be members of NZIQS.

Previous Bursary Award Winners 


Martin Bisset (NZIQS Vice-President) Chair

Keith Harvey (Secretary)

Paul Maynard


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