Rotor Work Limited began operations in November 1980, from Rotorua, New Zealand, with a single Hughes 300 helicopter. Established by Cathy and Ben Dellow, Craig Goddard, and Ian Leaf, in the early years, Rotor Work Limited specialised in aerial live deer capture. Business was made especially hard when an unforeseen event resulted in the loss of the first and only helicopter within the first six months of business.
Subsequently, the Rotorua family home was sold and the funds used to purchase another Hughes 300 helicopter, along with a move to the King Country to start again. Deer recovery was the sole income earner for the company until the late 1980s, when it ventured into agricultural work. Over the next 20 years, Rotor Work continued to train pilots and create new bases throughout the North Island, specialising in agricultural work.
Today Rotor Work - still run by Cathy and Ben Dellow - offers a range of helicopter services with many types of helicopters, and is one of the largest privately owned helicopter companies in the North Island; a testament that perseverance, hard work and sacrifice pays off.