If you are looking for your next career move, please contact us to discuss opportunities with one of our friendly staff – we look forward to improving your future.



Ihaka Rongonui

Managing Director

As the founding Director of Turbo Staff, I have a real passion for the industry and I’m forever striving to develop new and improved ways to deliver quality results to our candidates and clients alike. My ongoing success in recruitment, I believe, is due to an unwavering focus towards a quality result in every situation and not accepting anything less. Having been in the recruitment industry after returning from London in 2005, I have had the luxury of working across construction, mining & resources and management industries recruitment, at all levels of seniority. Having time to develop my expertise over various recruitment markets allows me to provide sound recruitment advice as well as training to my consultants and staff.

My vision for the company is to be forever evolving to enable our recruitment service to be adaptable for our client’s and candidate’s needs in whatever market we are in. I feel as though recruitment can sometimes be over complicated by agencies resulting in varied experiences for all involved, at Turbo Staff our philosophy is simple – provide a quality service, place quality candidates into quality positions and work towards forever improving our commitment to what we do.

I enjoy helping my staff develop their careers and personal brands, and always open to discussing opportunities at Turbo Staff with talented, like-minded people. 


Jonny Dixon

Financial Director

With a strong background & tertiary qualification in accounting & finance, combined with two years as a Recruitment Consultant, Jonny possesses a rare combination of attributes that allows him to manage the company from more than just one position. His varied background proves to be a strong asset for Turbo Staff and his strong leadership skills are invaluable.

When he isn’t crunching numbers, Jonny is spending time with his daughter and is also a keen boxer who is frequently involved in corporate fight nights.


Samaria Thompson

NZ Corporate Services Manager

Samaria plays an important role in the day to day operation of the Business as our NZ Corporate Services Manager. With a focus on compliance and policy, Samaria is responsible for implementing and monitoring strategies and processes within the Turbo Staff organisation.

Having graduated top of her class in the Graduate Diploma of New Zealand Immigration Advice, Samaria is also a Licensed Immigration Adviser and is an excellent problem solver for the Turbo Staff business nationwide, making the logistics of moving candidates from other parts of the world seemingly simple. Samaria has also been selected to participate in referencing discussion around the Immigration Licensing regime in New Zealand with the Immigration Advisers Authority.

Having previously worked in the travel industry, as well as a passion for travelling the world herself, Samaria knows first-hand the challenges our clients can face when relocating staff from outside our city/country. Her diverse experience offers our clients professional expertise and advice in more than just the recruitment side of our processes.

Samaria is a force to be reckoned with on both the Netball and Basketball court playing at representative level, as well enjoying snowboarding when outside the office.



Aaron McCoy

Senior Consultant

With three years experience, Aaron is proving to be one of our top performers utilising his extensive background in the construction industry to have an experienced understanding of what our clients are looking for in a perfect candidate. Having previously worked in Supervisory positions for reputable contractors like Downer EDI and Smith Crane & Construction, Aaron is able to put himself into his clients shoes and help problem solve what is needed at each stage of his clients projects.

Sticking to his strengths, Aaron recruits in the familiar fields of Civil Carpentry/Construction, Diesel Mechanics, Roading & Drainage Operations, Asphalting and Traffic Management. This industry needs recruiters with more of a hands on knowledge of the roles they recruit for, in Aaron’s case he knows exactly what to look for to in a good candidate having been one in this industry before.

Previously being a Professional Rugby player, outside of work Aaron still plays at the top club level for his beloved New Brighton Club, as well as being a dedicated family man to his two daughters.

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Andrew Stead

Recruitment Consultant

Coming from a sales, people management and sport coaching background, Andy joins Turbo Staff bringing his diverse experiences and expertise to the team. Andy worked in the Telecommunications industry for a number of years, both in NZ and Canada, firstly as a sales rep and then as a store manager, managing a multiple sites and sales reps to achieve sales and service targets.

In this face paced, ever changing industry, Andy focused on delivery of quality customer service which, in turn, drove quality sales results. After which, Andy embarked on a Rugby career taking him to Japan, Italy and most recently in Canada running a mens rugby programme in Alberta. Andy has a great passion for sport and competition and will bring the values and qualities that comes from being part of a high performing team to the team at Turbo Staff.

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Jimmy Mounce

Recruitment Consultant


Jan Forsyth

Talent Consultant

Jan joins the Turbo Staff team as a dedicated Talent Consultant to supplement our busy Recruiters. Coming from a wide background in marketing and administration, working with both small and large teams in the retail and trade industries, Jan’s previous experience as an Executive Assistant brings an extensive range of organisational skills to the Turbo Staff team.

As well as that, Jan has spent 13 years in governance, 5 of those as Board Chair as she is very passionate about the not-for-profit sector. Jan has two adult sons, who spent the first couple of years of their lives growing up in Fiji and Tonga, where Jan worked along side her husband for Downer, undertaking civil construction projects. When not involved keeping her family in line, Jan enjoys biking, hiking, indoor netball and travelling the world.

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Sharon Johns

Accounts Administrator

Sharon is a key part to our administration and accounting team, bringing a wealth of knowledge across different industries and systems. Her key focus is on back office accounting and administration work such as invoicing, billing, financial planning and internal budgeting.

In her spare time Sharon is a dedicated animal lover who enjoys spending time walking and training her two German Shepherd’s, socialising with her family/friends and catching the latest Hollywood movies on the big screen.


Chelsea Kokaua

Payroll Administrator

Chelsea’s role in our operation as Payroll Administrator is a very important role, ensuring all of our staff are paid on time and our clients receive assistance with all aspects of pay rolling their temporary staff from Turbo Staff. Her experience as an administrator has provided her with exceptional organisational skills & her attention to detail allows her to complete the payroll perfectly every week.

After leaving the office for the day, she enjoys spending time with her son & socialising with friends – especially over a game of NRL!

Should you be looking to check if your timesheet has been received or have general enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact her.


Nazila Nabi

Marketing Manager

With an extensive career in marketing and design, Nazila is responsible for the marketing of our client’s roles nationally and internationally to ensure that we leave no stone uncovered in our search for the expert candidates. Possessing a double degree in marketing and mass communication, her ability to devise fresh and strategic ideas of how to help our clients find what they are looking for are ground breaking to say the least.

Nazila also manages the pastoral care services that we offer all of our migrant staff as well as relocated Kiwi candidates. Even after our consultants’ job of matching a quality candidate with a client’s position is done, Nazila’s job has just begun ensuring in and outside of the work place our workers are happy and have all the assistance they require to focus on their new job and relax when outside the work place.

Outside of work Nazila loves to spend quality time with her family & friends and stays active by heading up the hills for a hike or out paddle boarding.

Ali Damsteegt

Ali Damsteegt

HR  Advisor

Ali has worked as both an external consultant and internally in HR for more than five years. After returning from Scotland where she worked in the Finance sector, Ali was introduced to the Construction Industry working internally for McConnell Dowell managing HR and Recruitment across their South Island projects. Ali enjoys the fast pace and no-nonsense side to Construction and has welcomed the challenges that come with the Industry, especially in Christchurch.

Outside of work Ali keeps herself busy with her two daughters and never-ending renovations with her Husband!



Nathan Taikato

Regional Manager – North Island

An expert in the construction & labour hire fields of recruitment, Nathan has both an impressive array of accolades throughout his career as well as an extensive list of long standing key clients who see him as their one stop shop for recruitment.

Having successfully worked in the Christchurch and Wellington recruitment markets, he now oversees all of the Auckland & Wellington operations for Turbo Staff. His key attributes revolve around company growth, expert training and development of recruitment staff, key client management, national & international candidate attraction strategies and tailoring recruitment packages for his valued clients. It’s in Nathan’s nature to go over and above for his clients, candidates and staff alike.


Patrick Timmons

Senior Recruitment Consultant – Auckland

Paddy joins the Turbo Staff team in Auckland as a Recruitment Consultant with an extensive sales background. Starting in telecommunications for a small mobile phone vendor in the UK and Ireland when he was 18, Paddy moved on to work for Vodafone as a Key Account and Retention manager.

After 3 years at Vodafone, Paddy travelled all over Europe, North America and South America, Paddy landed in Australia where he worked with an IT Training Company as the ANZ Business Development Manager. Paddy grew the business to work on a global scale, then became the Overall Team Manager.

Paddy has since moved across to New Zealand where he began his career in Recruitment. After 2 successful years with one of the largest Recruitment Companies in the world, Paddy has brought his sales expertise to Turbo Staff to focus on growing the Electrical and Mechanical Trades throughout the North Island.

Paddy has a keen interest in sports having played football and rugby back in Ireland, and is also hooked on Mixed Martial Arts. If not in the office building his desk, or playing/watching the footy, you will find Paddy across at the bar giving Matt a whipping at pool.


Matthew Kopke

Recruitment Consultant – Auckland

Matt joins the Turbo Staff Auckland team as a Recruitment Consultant, after 10 years on the Gold Coast where he held various Sales Training and Account Management positions.

Impressed by what Turbo Staff had accomplished over a relatively short amount of time, Matt decided to make the move back to New Zealand to join the team. In particular, Matt was impressed by the Pastoral Care that Turbo Staff offers their candidates, which he finds is a good balance to the sales side of the business.

Matt enjoys the company culture at Turbo Staff and relishes the opportunity to find that ‘perfect match’ between employer/employee.

Matt’s hobbies include playing touch and basketball, along with keeping tabs on the NRL and NBA – which he admits, he spends way too much time watching (#mjstillgoat). Matt also enjoys helping the less fortunate, which involves throwing the odd pool game here and there, to help Paddy with his self-confidence.


Joy Calosa

Recruitment Consultant – Auckland

Originally from the province of La union in the Philippines Joy has over 10 years’ experience in recruitment specialising in executive management and trade management for the Oil & Gas, Engineering and Construction Healthcare, Hospitality, Automotive, IT, Fashion & Retail industries.

Starting her career in the Philippines, Joy has also worked across the Middle East for 7 years recruiting and relocating workers nationally and internationally. Joy is a graduate of the Bachelor Degree in Office Administration and majoring in Office Management.

In her spare time, Joy is a videoke (karaoke) star!  She also enjoys swimming, shopping, spending time with friends and skyping her family in the Philippines whom she misses and is away from full time.

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Trinity Lee (Wang Yi)

Licensed Immigration Adviser – Auckland

Coming from an impressive educational background with a Master’s degree in TESOL from Hong Kong, Trinity brings a wealth of knowledge to the Turbo Staff Migrant Services division as one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers. Trinity has taught in Kindergartens and International Schools for over 5 years, and also has experience coaching University students and migrant workers through their IELTS tests in preparation for Residence.

Trinity’s previous experience working with an array of different cultures and ethnicities in the English language sector allows her to communicate effectively when offering immigration advice to those wanting to migrate to New Zealand. Trinity herself, migrated to New Zealand from China after a successful exchange year at Auckland University’s Teacher’s College. Having assisted with her own family’s application to obtain residence under the Skilled Migrant Category, Trinity knows the ins and outs of the New Zealand immigration system.

In her spare time, Trinity enjoys ice-skating, kayaking and travelling. Along with her husband, Trinity has travelled to more than 20 countries and counting! She is now the proud mother of a 1-year-old boy and is enjoying her new career as an immigration adviser here at Turbo Staff.


Tania Simpson

Labour Consultant

Having worked across a number of industries from IT Project Coordination to Construction Operations Planning, Tania utilises her diverse skillset as Turbo Staff’s Labour Coordinator in the Lower South Island Region.

Tania’s primary responsibilities include managing labour requirements and supporting the operation with an emphasis on introducing Turbo Staff’s specialist services to additional clientele and candidates alike. Tania works closely with our dedicated Consultants to source quality candidates from Graduate level to Senior Management, to add to our talented team of employees.

As a Labour Coordinator, Tania not only identifies career opportunities for job seekers, but works with our current employees to assist them in maximising their current opportunities with Turbo Staff. Tania is also dedicated to providing pastoral care for our migrant workers outside of work, to ensure that they settle in to New Zealand, as a second home.

Tania has previously studied Project Management and is also about to embark into the area of Human Resource Management, to add another string to her bow and bring further expertise in to her role with Turbo Staff.