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.


Ali Damsteegt

HR  Manager

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!

022 064 6724


Matt Ioane

Regional Manager – South Island







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.

027 839 5851


Jimmy Mounce

Recruitment Consultant

Jimmy joins Turbo Staff with 15 years’ experience in the commercial construction industry, starting from an apprentice and working through to project management. Working on numerous large scale projects with many of the top tier contractors throughout the South Island, Jimmy knows exactly how commercial sites work and run, which gives him an inside understanding of what it is our clients need when looking for suitable candidates.

Jimmy has travelled around Europe and South America and looks forward to traveling more in the years to come. Jimmy has a keen interest in property and investing, enjoys playing golf in his spare time, and loves to get involved with the Prebbleton Rugby Club in the winter months. Jimmy also loves to fire up his American style smoker for some low and slow BBQing!


Chelsea Kokaua

Resource Consultant

Chelsea’s role in the Turbo Office recently changed with her accepting the position of Resource Consultant.

Her exceptional organisational skills & her attention to detail allows her to support management and consultants in all tasks assigned to her.

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


Jan Forsyth

Health and Safety Coordinator/Property Manager

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

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.


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.

Stephanie Cartwright

Office Administrator

Stephanie joins the Turbo Staff Team as the Administrator/Receptionist in the Christchurch Branch. Stephanie plays a pivotal role in the branch, ensuring the workers are paid on time and assisting the consultants with their administration duties to ensure efficiency and compliance.

Stephanie’s experience has been based around customer service and administration over the past 10 years. Stephanie gives 100% to everything she does and believes her “can do” attitude and experience will enhance the Christchurch Turbo Staff team!

Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family including her nine-year-old step daughter, swimming and socializing with friends.



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

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.

Oisin Flynn

Recruitment Consultant

Oisin joins Turbo Staff with a strong background in sales. With two years’ experience in an interior sales role selling flooring and beds, Oisin developed a hunger for sales, which landed him a job with eBay HQ in Dublin as part of the New Buyer and Seller team.


Although Oisin loved his job with eBay, having studied travel and tourism at University, Oisin also has a passion for travel. Living in Ireland most of his life, Oisin and his partner decided to take a big leap to pursue their passion for traveling, which brought them here to New Zealand on a Working Holiday.


Oisin has an obsession with Motorbikes and as a child, Oisin participated in Motocross, Mountain biking and BMX racing. Oisin still loves to spend time on his motorbike to get away from the rest of the world. Aside from racing, Oisin also has a passion for music and playing the piano in his spare time.


Joy Calosa

Recruitment Consultant

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.

021 026 66084


Caci Kendall

Office Administrator

Originally from South Africa, Caci joins Turbo Staff with over 6 years’ experience in various Administration roles from Sales Coordination and administration, to Office Management for a family business.

After leaving school Caci, travelled to America where she worked and travelled for 2 years for mobile fun fairs, which has given her exceptional Customer Service skills. Caci’s experience over the years has provided her with extensive administration and organizational skills, and a go getter attitude in all that she does. Caci has a great eye and a very high attention to detail, which is attributed by her keen interest in design and anything creative.

After leaving work for the day, Caci enjoys spending time with her Partner and little girl and going on little family adventures to explore New Zealand. Caci also loves socializing with friends and family and catching up on new design trends.

Caci is looking forward to a fruitful career with Turbo Staff and is enjoying being a part of the Company’s growth.


Love Kumar

Health and Safety Officer / Labour Coordinator

Love joins the Turbo Staff family in Auckland as our Health and Safety Officer/Labour Coordinator, bringing extensive engineering experience and vast management knowledge to the team. He has proven record of integrity, discipline and hard work.

Love’s career is supported by a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management from M.I.T, Manukau.

Love kicked off his career as a Duct installer in the construction industry and then worked as a Site Supervisor and Health & Safety Representative. He has successfully managed multiple sites and projects in both the Christchurch and Auckland regions.

Outside of work, Love likes to cook and play cricket. Love is also an active participant in social work such as woman empowerment and gender equality.

Rowena Rasos

Resource Consultant

Originally from Manila, Philippines, Rowena has 7 years’ experience in recruitment, specializing in providing employees for the Middle East for restaurants, airports, hospitals and department stores.

Coming to New Zealand in 2019 with her family, Rowena made her very first plane flight which she found very nerve racking.

Before joining Turbo Staff, she has worked in several different businesses around Auckland.

In her spare time, Rowena enjoys playing basketball with her children, volleyball and spending time with her family in the weekends.