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
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.

P:   03 943 0867

E:   [email protected]

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.

M:   021 304 802

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]

Holly Baxter
Projects and Marketing Manager

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
Northern Office - General Manager

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]

Alan Adye-Rowe
Central Office - General Manager

Originally from South Africa, Alan has been in the customer service industry since his days at high school. After university, Alan was quickly snapped up by the Southern African Safari industry, which gave him the opportunity to work all over the world.

Alan’s customer centricity coupled with his passion for people and their development, means that he will always ensure that all TRN team members are fully equipped for each assignment and act as a valued ambassador for all of our clients.

M:   021 575 245

E:    [email protected]

Rob Wilson
Southern Office - General Manager

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]

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]

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]

Prateek Sharma
Northern Office - Account Manager

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]

Russell Billing
Northern Office - Account Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in hospitality he has a level of understanding when it comes to putting the right person in the right place.

He always strives to be the best and gives it his all which has done him well through the years as a chef. Having spent the past two years in account management in food service a move into recruitment will allow him to still have a hand in the industry he loves so much.

M: 021 925 383

E: [email protected]

Etu Havili
Northern Office - Candidate Resourcer

Born in Tonga and raised in South Auckland. He attended the prestigious Rugby League High School - St. Pauls College, where he developed his love for sports and had a close stint at playing professional rugby but was overcome by injuries.

Etu has experience within Customer Service, Sales (face to face and inbound/outbound), Technical Support and recently, the Security Industry. Passionate for helping people and is eager to use that to assist candidates in finding suitable work and meeting the client’s expectations. 

M: 021 616 829

E. [email protected]

Mate Dean
Hawkes Bay Office - Candidate Resourcer

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]

Josh Knox
Central Office - Account Manager

Josh has been in the Hospitality for 20 years, having dabbled in all aspects of the industry, but focusing mainly on the kitchen and management. Having experience in the operations side of running a restaurant Josh has a great understanding of both the requirements of the business as well as the needs of employees.

M: 021 0211 1120

E: [email protected]

Tom Hepworth
Central Office - Account Manager

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]

Gareth Goodin
Marlborough / Tasman - Regional Manager

Gareth was born and bred in Marlborough and has returned there after a 20-year stint in Asia-Pacific.

He has a passion for connecting enthusiastic people with interesting roles that keep the wheels of the world moving forward.

M:  021 194 0364

E: [email protected]

Matt Allcutt
Blenheim Office - Account Manager

Matt has spent over 20 years working in the hospitality industry both in NZ and in the U.K. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from working in all facets of the industry including 3 years teaching hospitality in Blenheim. He is able to draw on a lot of relationships within the local business community to ensure that, as a candidate, you have a range of employment options and as a client, a large pool of employees to choose from. He is passionate about hospitality and equally passionate about helping people begin, or continue, their journey in this amazing industry.

M: 021 552 598

E: [email protected]


Leonie Paul
Southern Office - Account Manager

After many years in the Travel/Tourism industry in both Rotorua and Marlborough Leonie has decided to join the world of Recruitment.

Leonie loves working with people and is excited to work in the Christchurch area to help get people into work.

M. 021 894 532

E. [email protected]

Marko Meingassner
Southern Office - Account Manager

Extensive  background as Chef over 33 years. Classic hospitality training in Austria worked all over the Globe including Germany, Sweden, Norway, Bermuda, New Zealand  in Hotels, Cruise liners, Fine dining Restaurants, Resorts, Castles , Rest homes, Airline Catering, Location Catering and owner of catering company.

Production and development manager for artisan BBQ sauces. Marko is ready for next step in his wonderful culinary career recruiting talented chefs in the south island as a Account Manager at The Recruitment Network. Drop him a line and he will deliver!

M: 021 852 909

E: [email protected]

Elizma Green
Southern Office - Candidate Resourcer

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: 021 554 649

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!

M:   022 161 2658

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. 

M:   021 552 672

E:   [email protected]

Julia Auler
Payroll Admin

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

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

M: 021 190 0629

E: [email protected]

Rachael Jones
Project Team Leader - Candidate Resourcer

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
Projects Team

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]

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