Infrastructure and mining services group Downer EDI has agreed to buy New Zealand builder Hawkins for an undisclosed sum, as it expands operations in the Pacific nation.

The Australian company called the acquisition an excellent strategic fit, saying it will complement existing capabilities and provide a platform for growth. Hawkins is one of the largest construction firms in New Zealand, with current major contracts including building Wellington Airport’s new control tower, Christchurch’s town hall and Auckland’s Park…