Our People

“Our strength is our people”

Highly valued employees

In addition to the management team we also have highly valued employees in these areas:

  • Project Management
  • Engineering
  • Surveying
  • CAD Design
  • Health & Safety
  • Machine Operating
  • Labouring
  • Workshops
  • Weighbridge
  • Transporting & Piloting
  • Office management
  • Billing and wages
  • Dairy & High Country Farms
  • Kiwi Safaris
  • Ecotech Geotextile
  • and many others...

There are too many to name individually but these are the people who are the backbone of our company and who often are our on the job point of contact with customers and clients. They give our company its character and their work ethic is what the Rooney reputation is built upon. Our many skilled and dedicated people are a key asset in the success and performance of their work group and are fundamental to the continued success of the entire Rooney Group of companies.

Gary Rooney

Rooney Group Director

Gary Rooney is the Director and 100% owner of the Rooney group of companies. Gary has a hands-on role in running various businesses.

Colin Dixon

General Manager

Colin was appointed as General Manager in February 2012 to take over some of the Group Management workload and day-to-day running of the company.  Colin has a 25 year background working with civil maintenance and construction contracts and has spent the last 20 years in senior leadership roles. His skillset fits well into the existing management structure as Colin heads a team of managers building a sustainable, effective future for the business.

Andrew Rae

Rooney Consulting Manager

Formerly Ashburton manager, appointed as Rooney Consulting Manager in 2011. Andrew has 28 years experience in the earthworks and civil construction fields and specialises in Project management and Autocad pond design.

Steve Agnew

Senior Design Engineer

Steve is one of NZ’s leading Irrigation engineers and has 26 years in scheme scoping, design and implementation. Steve has been responsible for the successful design and implementation of the successful Acton Irrigation scheme and is currently heavily involved in the Rangitata South, Carew Ponds and Waimakariri Schemes.

Craig Matheson

Waimate/Oamaru Area Manager

Craig has been employed with REL Waimate since 1980 and manages approximately 20 field staff completing agricultural, forestry, council and ECan work in the district. Assisted by Gary Harvey, Craig also runs the Oamaru branch of REL mainly completing agricultural work in the district.

Shane Heselwood

Timaru Area Manager

Shane came to Rooney Earthmoving in 2014 as a Project Manager with a long history of construction and contracting.  He became the Timaru Area Manager in February 2015. The Timaru office is kept busy on agricultural work, palm kernel import, storage and delivery, local council projects and subdivisions as well as roading and infrastructure projects. Timaru is also home of a 12 man workshop kept busy maintaining and repairing heavy and light vehicles from the region.

Andrew Ree

Ashburton Area Manager

Andrew was appointed in 2012 and has a long background in civil construction with a variety of contractors in the greater Canterbury region. The Ashburton office is primarily employed on agricultural work but also completes local council work, roading contracts, dams and river work Ashburton also runs a heavy machinery workshop with 8 staff employed on mechanical repairs, field repairs, and engineering on REL heavy and light plant.

Colin Wilson

Project Manager

Colin has been with Rooney Boring Ltd for 12 years. Colin and his team have been busy with Christchurch rebuild but also look after fibre optic duct and cable installation throughout the South Island.

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