About Us

About us

Why Canstaff?

Canstaff is a specialised recruitment and labour hire agency for New Zealand construction, engineering, civil construction, logistics and manufacturing sectors. We’re here to help you do your business better by removing the risk, hassle and paperwork of having full time employees.

Using contract staff enables you to be nimble, flexible and removes the risks which come with employing and managing people, health and safety, budgets and training.

We manage the people, leaving you to focus on your business. You receive one invoice for the actual hours worked. We do everything else.

We look after:

  • ACC
  • PAYE
  • Holiday Pay
  • Public Holidays
  • Health and safety monitoring
  • Workplace training
  • Health and safety inductions
  • Hazard identification
  • Accident investigation
  • Return to work programmes
  • Drug testing
  • Health monitoring
  • Pastoral care

We’re local like you, so we understand the current working environment. Our team of industry experts partner with you to manage your people. Using contract staff means you know exactly what the costs are, you have flexibility around rostering staff and there is none of the HR hassles.

Whether you're looking for work or you’re looking for temporary or permanent staff, we work with individuals and businesses at all levels, across all of the disciplines to match the right people with the right jobs.

We work internationally with offices throughout New Zealand and in the UK, Europe, the Philippines, Canada and Australia - connecting globally-minded companies with a pool of both local and overseas ready-to-locate candidates.

Looking for staff?

We understand that you’ve worked hard to develop your company culture, so it’s important to us that we work with you to protect it. We pride ourselves in helping businesses to find the right people to ensure your workplace thrives. Our consultants are highly specialised in their fields with on the ground experience. They understand your needs and work alongside you to find solutions to your staffing requirements, be it your need for the right people, or people right now.

We work in the following industries to find the right people for the job:

  • Construction - vertical and horizontal
  • Civil construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics

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Looking for your next career move?

We’re here to help you find your perfect job match. Our dedicated team will walk you through the entire employment process and be with you every step of the way; but most importantly, we’ll connect you with employers.

If you’re coming to us from overseas, we know it can be daunting to move to a new country. That’s why we provide relocation assistance to the right candidates; so you can focus on your new career, while we navigate you through the logistics of moving.

As a Diversity Works member, we celebrate difference and treat all of our people fairly and equally. We work to create a diverse workforce of people who work hard, play hard, and are passionate about making an impact in the work that they do.

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A Trusted Brand with a Global Reach

At Canstaff, we are now moving into our second decade of recruitment with offices throughout New Zealand, and global offices in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Philippines, Canada, and Australia.

As a global recruiter, we are proud to represent New Zealand on a worldwide scale.

Our unique international recruitment model is focused around strategic search and selection methodologies. By using innovative advertising and networking strategies, sophisticated market mapping, and business intelligence techniques, we attract the most elite and sought after candidates.

Canstaff consultants are able to pinpoint professionals on our global network database which perfectly match the criteria of specific skills for each vacancy. Our consultants employ a rigorous screening process to draw up a list of the most suitable candidates and provide clients with their portfolios for consideration. This empowers businesses with the best selection of talent and offers our candidates the most viable opportunities to help them take the next step in their career.


Our commitment to Health and Safety

Your Health & Safety is our first priority. That’s why we developed a comprehensive health and safety management system - Cancare.

Our programme includes:

  • Our Health & Safety Commitment
  • Hazard identification & Management
  • Accident Investigation
  • Health & Safety Induction
  • Return to Work Programme

And all of our staff:

  • Comply with relevant legislation and codes of practice;
  • Hold current Site Safe passes which are validated (where required);
  • Have current licences and endorsements (as required);
  • Prior to starting on site are checked for personal protective equipment. Hard hats, high viz vests, safety glasses and steel toe capped safety boots are provided as required.

Meet the Team

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Mark Greenstreet

Sales Manager

There is no challenge Mark will not tackle… and he’ll do it with a smile on his face. As the National Sales Manager, he’s dedicated to leading a high performing team with everyone focused on providing solutions to recruitment and labour hire solutions.

With many years experience in sales management, both in New Zealand and overseas, Mark is well positioned to call upon his expertise and experience and drive real-world solutions to the benefit of our clients and our job seekers.

He gets a real kick from being able to make a difference in people’s lives by getting them into rewarding work.

Continued improvement and a passion for getting it right is what gets him out of bed every morning, but it's creating some fun for the team along the way that adds that special flavour to his leadership style.

Based in Christchurch - Mark gets to take full advantage of the outdoors lifestyle on his doorstep and he’s off to the hills (or skies) whenever he can - be it flying, snowboarding or tramping. As a family man, Mark is busy with his wife and three young children and commits a lot of time to coaching children’s sport.

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Brian Maposua

Area Sales Manager

Brain knows that a strong connection with his clients, some flexible thinking and his expertise in recruitment will help them overcome any human resourcing issue they are facing.

His passion lies in placing candidates into blue collar, trades, manufacturing and logistics spaces and with over 16 years experience in all facets of recruitment - he’s good at it!

Brian has supported small businesses right through to large corporates and regardless of the business type or size - he always goes the extra mile. Driving towards successful outcomes for his clients is simply part of his daily routine.

While Brian grew up in South Auckland, he has strong links to his Pacific Island heritage and gets huge satisfaction helping place immigrant/migrant workers into rewarding work here in New Zealand.

Out of work, this fit and active bloke has a super soft spot for his family's pets and gets a lot of pleasure from spending quality time with his wife and family.

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Liz Jones

Account Manager

Hailing from South Africa, Liz has been in New Zealand for seven years now and we’re proud to call her one of our own. With an impressive 12 years in recruitment under her belt, we’re even happier to call her part of the team.

When it comes to the job, Liz loves being able to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives and help them reach their full potential.

A natural and transparent communicator with a bubbly personality that’s hard not to like, it’s no wonder our candidates and clients love working with Liz.

Outside of the office, Liz does it all. Socialising with friends, exploring the country, horse riding, jumping out of planes and she’s even a qualified scuba diver!

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Don Pitcorn

Area Sales Manager
South Auckland/Waikato/BOP

Don lives by the strongly held conviction that when he says he will do something - he does! People are his passion - especially our youth. Helping them into the right employment and helping them to set and work toward their goals, develop good work ethic and take on responsibility gives him immense satisfaction.

Having worked in the industries he now supports, as both a Production Manager and an Operations Manager (with some years in the Navy thrown in for good measure), Don has an incredible ‘can-do’ attitude. He moved into the recruitment industry over 10 years ago and remains well connected across many industry spaces. He takes great pride in continually nurturing and growing his people network and will find powerful solutions for any business.

In his downtime - Don can be found waterside with a rod in hand. And if a game involves a ball - he's a major fan!

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John Power

Business Development Manager

JP has spent many years wearing the hat of the employer across a number of businesses - enabling him to always try to put himself in his client's shoes, to really listen to and understand what they need.

His experience is vast and includes management roles in manufacturing and production; including as Plant Manager for PDL Industries and Processing Manager for PGG Grain and Seed. He’s worked in administrative roles in concrete and construction. He’s madly passionate about sport and was CEO of Mid Canterbury Rugby, and a weekend sports radio host for Port FM in Timaru.

It’s the triple win that continually drives JP - the win for his client, for the candidate and for Canstaff.

Out of work, JP supplements his passion for sport with a good round of golf, tramping and loves a good music event with family and friends.

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Ihaia Weepu

Area Sales Manager
Upper South/Wellington

Ihaia has been in the construction game for over 18 years. Qualified in two trades himself, Ihaia knows the industry inside and out and can easily put himself in both the candidate’s and employer’s shoes.

There’s no doubt that Ihaia has a genuine passion for the industry, finding great satisfaction in creating equally beneficial results for candidates and clients.

He loves to introduce good people to great opportunities and help lift the standards of trade in an industry he loves.

When Ihaia isn’t busy connecting businesses with great people, he takes any opportunity to get out and see the world (when it’s possible) and get together with family.

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David Palmer

Area Sales Manager
South Canterbury

Having spent the majority of his career as the employer, David can empathise with the needs of our clients. He’s got a knack for ‘listening between the lines’, and hears what our clients and candidates are saying - resulting in a perfect match every time.

It’s all about placing the right people in the right place for David, he loves the diversity of our applicant base and having a great team to work alongside to create wins for both client and candidate.

When he’s not working, David keeps active at the gym, going for walks and cycling. An avid rugby league fan, he also spends a lot of time praying one day the Warriors will win the Premiership.

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Renee Haenga

Area Sales Manager

With Renee, what you see is what you get. She’s a straight shooter who doesn’t waste time beating around the bush. Renee understands every client has their own recruiting challenge which requires bespoke and flexible solutions and will work with you to find your perfect match.

No stranger to the Queenstown and greater Otago community, Renee uses her 20 years in the region to your advantage, drawing on her local knowledge and extensive business networks to deliver the best outcomes.

Renee is passionate about building meaningful and productive relationships and prides herself on delivering results for both employers and candidates.

Making the most of her enviable southern lifestyle, Renee spends her free time working on the farm, walking the dog or heading to the slopes. But what really makes her tick is quality time with friends and family.

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