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 believe we all need a sense of belonging, a way we can add value to society and contribute to our community. We need purpose and direction to have a sense of worth. Having a great work ethic and living a life of purpose promotes resilience. Resilience helps us deal with uncertainty and the ups and downs in life.

Liz Stegerhoek Pugh

Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau

Prateek Sharma
Branch Manager

Having been an executive chef, leading kitchen brigades & catering 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]

Deborah Fasio
Account Manager

Deborah is Brazilian, graduated in advertising and postgraduate in marketing administration. She has been in New Zealand for over 8 years. Deborah worked with client management at a bank in Brazil and decided to change direction and entered the events and hospitality industry, which she fell in love with and has been doing for 8 years. Deborah has worked 6 years in recruitment, and is as passionate now as when she first started. 

Deborah loves working in a team, and having new challenges that motivates her to do her best.

M: 021 925 383

E: [email protected]

Nanita Devi
Account Manager

Nanita is from the amazing island of Fiji born and raised. She finished the Advance Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism. She moulded in hospitality for more than 15 years and 5 years in Finance and Administration. Nanita achieved awards and medals in NZ Barista and Restaurant of the year competitions. She is ready and willing to connect, support and assist people. She stands to say “Together we can do more.” Bula Vinaka!

M:  021 641 535

E:    [email protected]

Brijesh Bhatt
Account Manager

Born and raised in India, Brijesh 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]

Maria Ompoc
Account Manager

Maria was born and shine in the Philippines, and has been in the construction industry for more than 13 years focusing on material procurement, project cost monitoring accounts payable, programme coordinator and administrator, and polishing daily scaffold operation. Helping people is my passion and a believer of teamwork makes dreams work!

M: 021 616 829

E: [email protected]

Hamilton / Kirikiriroa

Jenna Stretch
Account Manager

Having recently joined the TRN northern team, Jenna will be based in our shiny new Hamilton office.

Jenna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in aged care, recruitment & sales. She is passionate about building strong working relationships and is always willing to connect to help understand and learn more about your business needs. Jenna enjoys getting to know her candidates as a crucial component in recruitment to make sure we are always aiming for the perfect match. Jenna loves spending her weekends with family, enjoying great food & banter with friends and most of all spontaneous adventures.

So, whether you are based in mighty Waikato or the sunny Bay of Plenty, Jenna is only a call away to help support you with your staffing needs.

M: 021 632 890 


E: [email protected] 

Palmerston North / Te Papa-i-Oea

Liz Henare
Account Manager

Meet Liz from Palmerston North, with a strong background in people and a very caring nature. 

Grounded within the Manawatu community, her local knowledge and experience will ensure she secures you your next role!

M: 021 597 352

E: [email protected]

Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Tamahou Waikari
Branch Manager

Tamahou has 20 years of Hospitality experience in Wellington, he loves working with people and in an industry that is close to his heart, come in and see him for a coffee and a chat about your future… short term or long! 

M:  021 552 745

E:    [email protected]

Gavin Rowand
Account Manager

Gavin is a Modern Trained Chef, Coming from the beautiful bay of plenty, after years of Cooking all up and down the country decided to settle in wellington and has called it home for the last 6 years. Gavin loves meeting new people and talking about all things sport and business.

M:    021 021 11120

E:      [email protected]

Cynthia Estrada

Cynthia, originally from Argentina, graduated from law school. Her curious heart brought her to New Zealand, where she explored new interests and experiences. Combining her background with studies in business and hospitality experience,  she's found her passion in recruitment, connecting people with the right jobs. Beyond work, Cynthia's all about busting moves! She's always on the hunt for her next dance floor adventure.

 M: 03 244 0362

E:   [email protected]


Christchurch / Ōtautahi

Chantelle Wilson
Branch Manager

Meet Chantelle, a seasoned professional with over 15 years of invaluable experience thriving within Christchurch's dynamic hospitality. With a profound understanding of the diverse facets of the industry, she embraces every aspect of hospitality with fervour. Whether it's matching the perfect candidate to a role or understanding the unique needs of clients, Chantelle's commitment to finding the right fit shines through. Entrust your hospitality endeavours to Chantelle and experience the difference expertise and dedication..

M:  021 616 821

E:    [email protected]

Bec Stanley
Account Manager

Originally from Arrowtown, Bec has recently moved to Christchurch. She has been in the food industry for 12 years so has familiarity with both client and chef’s needs. With her well-rounded understanding of the industry,

Bec is very proficient at matching her clients with appropriately skilled staff for their needs. Bec is an approachable and fun ‘people person’ who looks forward to getting great candidates into some great work.

M: 0212 417 933

E: [email protected]

Elizma Van Zyl
Account Manager

Elizma originally hails from South Africa and has been in New Zealand for 6 years. She comes from an extensive 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]

Luke Van Eeden
Account Manager

Luke is a proud Aucklander now based in Christchurch – but don’t hold that against him! He is results driven and determined to deliver quality. Excellent people skills and a great sense of humour. Luke strives to meet the needs of his candidates and clients.

M:  021 194 0364

E:    [email protected]

Sharleen Kumar

Bula! Sharleen is born and raised in the beautiful islands of Fiji, where the people of Fiji are renowned for being warm and welcoming and the friendliest people on earth. Sharleen recently joined The Recruitment Network after working in Hospitality for over 8 years. She loves talking to people from different backgrounds and ethnicity and most importantly helping the candidates out whenever they are in need. Sharleen loves building positive relationships with candidates and helping them find the best roles that suit their skill set. She’s famous at The Recruitment Network for making Fijian Custard Pie!

M:  03 266 1608

E: [email protected]

Outsourced Recruitment Team

Rachael Jones
Outsourced Team Leader

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]

Matt Sutherland
Account Manager

Originally from Dunedin, Matt has recently moved to South Canterbury and is enjoying the change of pace that comes with living in a small town. With 6 years of HR and recruitment behind him, he enjoys the puzzle of fitting the right people to the right jobs and looks forward to working with candidates to help them take their next step.

M: 021 973 942

E: [email protected]

Cassidy McIntosh
Account Manager

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

M:  03 281 8607

E: [email protected]

Hana Tuetue
Recruitment Admin Support

Talofa lava!

Hana is born and raised in Christchurch with Samoan culture deeply rooted within her values. She is a dedicated team player who has 7 years of customer service experience and a bright friendly smile. Hana finds it very rewarding and a great joy providing service to people and communities.

M: 021 235 3483

E: [email protected]

After Hours

Lynette Harper
After Hours Team Lead

Born in Whanganui and raised in Marton, for the last 21 years I have lived and raised my children in Porirua, Wellington. With a passion for people and 2.5 years in the recruitment sector, I thrive on building strong client and candidate relationships.  Nothing is more rewarding than matching candidates with roles that provide them with a purpose and a means to support their whānau.

M:  021 575 245

E:    [email protected]

Gaurav Arora
After Hours Consultant

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]

Saravanan Murugesh
After Hours Consultant

Born and raised in India, Sav moved to New Zealand with his family five years ago. Sav has more than 15 years experience working across various sectors in the Hospitality and Security industry. His passion is working with people in a team and helping them find their dream job. Sav places a lot of importance on ensuring that everyone has a pleasant experience and establishing relationships that last.

M: 09 320 1273

E: [email protected]

Support Services

Debbie Monkman (Dee)

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]

Sarah Brownlee
Payroll Team Leader

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]

Liane Manual
Payroll Clerk

Born and bred Filipina Liane is proud to call New Zealand her new home! With a background in Psychology, it is her absolute passion for understanding and helping people, especially finding her candidates the perfect opportunities. She enjoys console games, Legos, and occasionally art like painting and drawing.

M:  03 281 7734

E: [email protected]

Dani Ferreira

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]

Exec Team

Rob Alexander
Commerical Director

Rob is a seasoned hospitality leader and brings over two decades of expertise to the industry. From successfully managing the re-opening of hotels in Australia to overseeing a diverse portfolio of venues as a Group Operations Manager, Rob has consistently achieved revenue and EBIT growth. His strong leadership, communication, and strategic management skills have been key to optimizing various establishments. Embodying a philosophy of business integrity and superior customer service, Rob empowers teams for success. Outside work, Rob enjoys running every morning, and spending time with his family.

M:   021 195 6089 

E:    [email protected]

Holly Baxter
Director of Support Services

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]

Currently on maternity leave. 

The Board

Liz Stegerhoek Pugh
Board Director

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
Board Director

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.


Dave Jessep
Board Chair

Dave has spent over 20 years in accounting and is the founder of not one, but two, accounting firms – DJCA and Sidekick. He is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is skilled at advising clients on strategy, planning, goal setting and implementing business structures. He has worked with clients throughout New Zealand and overseas, particularly the UK.

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