Rooney Group

Founded by Gary Rooney in 1976, Rooney Group began as a small earthmoving business with a single bulldozer in Waimate, South Canterbury. Over the last four decades Gary has grown this business upon strong principles of trust, reliability and customer satisfactions. Today, the Rooney Group remains 100% locally owned by Gary and extends beyond earthmoving to farming, irrigation and tourism operations. 

Rooney Earthmoving

Local Knowledge That Counts

Rooney Earthmoving is a leading New Zealand civil contractor, specialising in earthmoving, irrigation, pipe and cable laying, cartage and transportation. A staff in the order of 200, is employed in various companies and branches in Waimate, Ashburton, Christchurch, Timaru and Oamaru. While it has grown in size, the company remains 100% locally owned by Gary who is a hands-on managing director with a skilled and experienced team of managers, engineers and operators. Along with extensive equipment and internationally certified systems for quality, safety and environmental management, Rooney Earthmoving consistently completes projects ranging in size and complexity, on time and within budget.


  • ROONEY Farms  is a total on farm service from dairy conversions, irrigation upgrades through to routine race maintenance and stock feed cartage.
  • ROONEY Consulting (RC) scopes, investigates, designs, and costs, dams, ponds, and irrigation schemes including smaller on farm projects that require structural design and hydraulic modelling.
  • ROONEY Contracts tenders and undertakes contracts for clients that includes Local and Regional Authorities, Energy Companies, Commercial Developers and Utility Companies. 
  • ROONEY Boring developed to support the New Zealand fibre rollout in addition to an extensive group of utility infrastructure providers. 
  • Ecotech's plant manufactures a range of geotextile fabrics from recycled waste materials for use in sustainable construction projects.  

Proven Experience

We have 40 years of completing complex projects for clients such as TelstraClear, Oceana Gold and Transit New Zealand.

  • Comprehensive Health and Safety
  • Environmental Commitment 
  • Fully Equipped 
  • The Highest Standard of Quality 
  • New Zealand Owned and Operated
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