E pā ana ki a mātou / About us

For more than a decade we have built a company around our passion – people, food and service.
The Recruitment Network understand food professionals and are the nationwide leaders and preferred suppliers for the food industry.
Supplying government, defence, education, business, aged care, airline catering, hospitals, hotels and catering through to supply chain, grocery and production.
When you’re looking for people to wrap | pack | stack | clean and distribute, create and prepare or greet and serve we can supply round-the-clock temporary, temp to perm or permanent staff.
We know who you need and we have the work force to support you.
How can we help?



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I've always been fascinated by how things work, and how to do business, how to treat people, and how to achieve outcomes.

Liz Stegerhoek Pugh
Holly Baxter
Industrial Director

Holly’s relentless commitment goes above and beyond the call of duty to support industry professionals; her phone rings off the hook which is down to her amazing reputation and wealth of experience, attitude and motivation in matching both clients’ and candidates ‘needs.

M:   021 554 912

E:   [email protected]

Andrew Methven
Hospitality Director

Andrew's passion for the hospitality Industry and his drive for excellence in whatever he does means he always recruits the best people for the roles whether Temporary or Permanent.

M:   021 605 428

E:    [email protected]

Dene Robinson
Chief Financial Officer

Dene has extensive leadership, commercial and financial experience in private and Public Sector organisations. He is keen on continuous improvement by identifying Efficiency ( doing the right thing) and Effectiveness ( doing the right thing well). Outside of the workplace, Dene have many years of experience in Basketball coaching, playing, and administration – a sport which has given him unique experiences and opportunities.

M:   021 225 4269

E:    [email protected]


Elizma Van Zyl
National Trainer

Elizma originally hails from South Africa and has been in New Zealand for 4 years.

She comes from a Procurement and Recruitment background where she has managed high numbers of staff and has a knack for creating long lasting relationships with her clients and candidates.

Elizma is an extrovert and she loves working with people and helping them find work.

M: 021 651 461

E: [email protected]


Sarah Brownlee
Payroll Clerk

Born in New Zealand and raised in Christchurch, Sarah worked in the supermarket industry for over 15 years. Working her way up from a checkout operator to a supervisor and staff trainer then into the office as an administrator. 
Ready for her next challenge, Sarah has decided to try a new industry. 

E:   [email protected]

Debbie Monkman (Dee)
Accounts Receivable Officer

Dee works for our three branches and is here to support both Clients and Candidates with wages, invoicing, roster statements, timesheets and everything in between!

E:   [email protected]

Rachael Jones
Talent Hub Lead

Rachael has been working in recruitment for over 5 years and has a passion for helping people get to where they want to be!

She loves getting things organised, building strong relationships and playing DJ for the team during the day to get them motivated!

She is originally from London and has travelled all around the globe to finally call New Zealand her home.

M: 021 468 807

E: [email protected]

Logan Salton-Hurst
Industrial Consultant

Logan has been working in the hospitality industry for the past 7 years running the security for many Christchurch bars & restaurants. He is a well-known face in the Security Industry but wanted to get away from the extremely late nights and into a role to help fit the best people with the best role.

Logan is working in our Projects Team, placing people all over New Zealand. If you are looking for your next role – get in touch!

He is looking forward to utilising his people skills to help people find their ideal jobs!

M. 021 701 058

E. [email protected]

Hind Lekbir
National Permanent Placement Account Manager

Before coming to Christchurch, Hind lived in Montreal working as a subtitle coordinator for Netflix.

Hind thrives working under pressure and strict deadlines, she even finds it challenging and rewarding.

Hind is very excited to learn more about Kiwi life and to provide great administration support to the National Perm team.

M: 021 862 755

E: [email protected]

Rob Wilson
Industrial Team Leader

Rob is a classically trained chef with a history of working in large production kitchens. He has a background in operations management and adult education and aims to build strong long-lasting relationships that match the right person for each role every time. He understands the nuances of the hospitality industry and the need to secure quality candidates to help you deliver quality results.

M: 021 852 909

E: [email protected]

Tom Hepworth
Industrial Team Leader

With a wealth of experience in hospitality industry Tom is equipped with the knowledge to aid your business with all your staffing solution needs.

Having performed all roles within the sector, and rising through the ranks reaching senior management level, he is confident that we will be speaking the same language.

M:   021 242 0176

E:    [email protected]

Alsharief Aldawi
Industrial Consultant

Alsharief originally hails from Sudan, where the 2 Niles merges. Alsharief has a driven mindset and works hard to achieve his goals. Before joining TRN, Al worked in hospitality and event security. Al is excited for his journey at TRN to implement all the knowledge he’s gained to help his candidates get their dream jobs!

M:  021 555 2598

E: [email protected]

James Kauri
Industrial Consultant

Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Whitireia te maunga
Ko Raukawakawa te moana
Ko Ngati Toa Rangtira te iwi
Ko Takapuwahia te marae
Ko James Kauri ahau.

Born and raised in Wainuiomata, community spirit is at the forefront in my dailylife.
Now based in Blenheim I bring the same attitude and hands approach to my role.
He aha te me nui o tea o? he tangata he tangata he tanagta
What is the most important thing in this world?
It is people!

M:  021 192 7041

E: [email protected]

Gaurav Arora
After Hours Compliance Team

Gaurav originally hails from India but has been living the Kiwi dream for the last 12 years. With a myriad of skills under his belt, Gaurav boasts over 22 years of experience in a range of fields, from banking to customer service to culinary arts.

In his spare time, he loves spending time with family and friends. He’s passionate about his health and well-being and loves to unwind at the gym.

M:  09 320 1274

E:    [email protected]

Brijesh Bhatt
After Hours Compliance Team

Born and raised in India, Birjesh moved his family to New Zealand 12 years ago and called Auckland home. Brij has a strong hospitality and financial background, working as a chef and an accountant. It gives him the joy to put his analytical and hospitality knowledge into working for the Recruitment Network. Brij is a people person who loves helping his team over the weekends and forming relationships with TRN’s clients and candidates.

M:   021 225 4269

E: [email protected]

Cassidy McIntosh
Talent Hub

The only thing Cassidy cares about more than her candidates is her daily sausage roll, and the only thing she cares about more than her sausage rolls is her cat, Frankie.
She is passionate about customer service, always keen for a laugh and is dedicated to finding the best talent!
She’s new to recruitment but loves seeing her candidates find the perfect job. Get in touch today for a chat!

M:  03 281 8607

E: [email protected]

Dani Ferreira
Talent Hub

Dani is a Brazilian born with New Zealand citizenship who worked as a tourist consultant for seven years and as a quality control officer for a kiwi pack house. She enjoyed helping people and came to New Zealand 17 years ago on her honeymoon and has lived here ever since – she's very proud of calling this country home!

M:  03 244 0364

E: [email protected]


Erin Galt
Talent Hub

Erin’s friendly nature comes from her years as an International Flight Attendant, flying between NZ, Australia and the Islands. This sparked her passion for travel which has sent her all around the world.
Coming from a strong hospitality & tourism background, Erin is new to the Recruitment game and is determined to get you into work! She loves the rush of finding candidates to work at the biggest events in Aotearoa.

M:  03 266 1609

E:    [email protected]

Rob Alexander
Business Systems and Improvements Manager

He prides himself on being a people person with a high-energy level, who understands the stresses of managing and owning businesses of all levels. 

M:    021 195 6089

E:      [email protected]

Kat Wall
National Permanent Placement Account Manager

Kat has spent the past 18 years immersed in the hospo industry. Her genuine love for the industry and working with people led her to TRN. She is excited about her helping clients find the right fit and helping candidates into their dream jobs!

M: 021 642 588

E: [email protected]

Prateek Sharma
After Hours Hub Team Leader

Having been an executive chef, leading kitchen brigades & food operations for over 15 years in NZ, Prateek has been able to learn the nitty-gritty of hospitality world. With his relentless commitment, he loves to go the extra mile to provide tailor-made solutions to our clients thus building exceptional relationships whilst helping people with the right skill set procure the entitlement they deserve.

M: 021 552 639

E: [email protected]

Mate Dean
Talent Hub

Mate was born and bred in the beautiful Hawkes Bay. 

With over 16 years of Banking background, and most recently in admin/finance for a Non-Profit which led me to want to do more to help.

Love working with and for the people.

M: 021 686 741

E: [email protected]

Julia Auler
Payroll Admin

Julia is from Brazil, with German citizenship but has never been to Germany before. She loves the outdoors and travelling.

Recently calling New Zealand home, Julia will be working in our Accounts office, helping process our staffs' payroll across New Zealand.


E: [email protected]

Liz Stegerhoek Pugh

Liz has a company that genuinely listens, understands and seeks to match the right individual to the right team.

Her infectious energy and enthusiasm rubs off on everyone she works alongside.

Liz is heavily results-focused and imbeds that into the TRN team.

Michael Pugh

Michael has the ability to forge and foster relationships not only to the business but as a whole. He has successfully owned and managed businesses since the mid 90’s and has an extensive network to provide quality staffing solutions.


The Recruitment Network team bring energy and passion to their jobs. They all genuinely love their jobs and work hard to provide a seamless service for both employers and candidates for jobs. The team are committed to finding the right job for the right person and work tirelessly to make this happen.


With offices that cover the country, The Recruitment Network are passionate about offering recruitment in a customer centric way that matches the right candidates with the right position.


Get in touch to find out more