Stonemason Pouwhakanao Kōhatu

Stonemasons work with stone to construct or renovate buildings, fittings, walls and paving, or to create monuments.

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Stonemasons may do some or all of the following:

  • talk to clients, design plans for stonework, and provide quotes
  • read and follow plans
  • split, cut and shape stone, and set in place using techniques such as dry-stone walling
  • mix, pour and lay concrete and cement
  • set stone panels onto building walls
  • lay and polish stone floor tiles
  • design, create and inscribe headstones and other memorials (monumental masonry).

Physical Requirements

Stonemasons need to have a good level of fitness. They also need to have a strong back and strong arms as they have to bend and lift heavy materials and equipment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for stonemasons includes:

  • construction work
  • art and design experience.

Personal Qualities

Stonemasons need to be:

  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • practical and patient
  • safety-conscious
  • motivated and good at solving problems
  • artistic and able to visualise a finished product
  • good at basic maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for stonemasons includes:

  • construction work
  • art and design experience.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a stonemason. However, NCEA Level 2 construction and mechanical technologies, maths, English and physical education are useful.

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Stonemasons can earn around $18-$40 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Stonemason are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Experienced stonemasons may progress to set up their own business, or move into related work such as landscaping. 


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