McKay Companies

We are proud to be the parent company of the McKay group of companies, which comprises seven electrical operating divisions. Each division is dedicated to providing top-quality electrical services to a wide range of industries, including utilities, infrastructure, and resources. With our extensive experience and expertise, we are committed to powering the future and driving innovation in the electrical industry

The McKay Group of companies

Our Structure


Having started providing electrotechnology services in 1936, McKay is a historic New Zealand electrical company with a depth of experience in providing end to end electrical solutions for a wide range of industries and sectors. McKay is the parent brand and has acquired and started a range of companies under the McKay Group name in order to serve all electrical needs.


With a history spanning more than 50 years, MGE are experts in the switchboard industry, redefining the reliability and quality of switchboard products. The business was acquired by McKay in 2010 and became The McKay Group’s official switchboard division, enabling McKay to provide full electrical design and manufacturing services in-house.

Ward Chandler

Ward Chandler has over 50 years of experience in the electrical industry and is one of the leading contracting companies in the market today. In December 2015 the McKay Group acquired Auckland-based Ward Chandler Electrical Ltd making them one of the largest electrical solutions organisation in New Zealand.


Cervina specialises in providing customized electrical design automation solutions to the international marine industry. The business was acquired by McKay in 2015, allowing the McKay group to undertake any electrical marine project. Together their knowledge of the marine market is unrivalled and attracts clients from across the globe.


Maintenir is a joint venture company, bringing together the experience and skills of four successful New Zealand companies in delivering total engineering maintenance and project solutions for heavy industry organisations. McKay started this joint venture alongside Culham Engineering, United Civil Construction and ISS.


McKay USA LLC is a subsidiary of McKay ltd, established in 2008, registered and insured in Connecticut USA. The USA division extends our talented resource pool of experienced engineers and electricians and enables McKay to serve international clients. The USA division works extensively on complex marine electrical projects.

Working with us

Not only does the McKay group of companies comprise six dedicated business units, but each unit is also capable of operating as a principal or head contractor, as well as acting as a subcontractor to other business units within the group or externally on a particular area within a project. This collaborative approach allows us to undertake any electrical project in-house, providing our clients with greater efficiencies, cost savings, and unmatched collaboration.

With the flexibility to operate as either a principal contractor or a subcontractor, we can apply our expertise across all aspects of electrical projects, from design to completion. This approach enables us to seamlessly work together to deliver projects to the highest standards, on-time, and within budget.

Our Capabilities

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