About Canstaff


Canstaff, a New Zealand Immigration Accredited Labour Hire Employer, is a specialised recruitment agency for New Zealand Construction, Engineering, Civil Construction, Logistics, and Manufacturing sectors. We provide quality Recruitment Solutions and Staffing Services to clients and candidates in the North and South Islands. We work with individuals and businesses at all levels, across all of the professional disciplines, and are confident that we are well placed to help with your next project or career move.

We are proud to represent New Zealand on a global scale, and are moving steadily into our second decade of recruitment with offices throughout New Zealand including Christchurch, Timaru/Oamaru, Ashburton, Queenstown, Auckland, Pukekohe, as well as global offices in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Philippines, Canada and Australia.

Our Business is all about you


Our teams strive to keep you up-to-date on the current job market, industry news, job trends and much more! Our aim is to help you to source your perfect job match. We are happy to provide assistance to applicants who have the right attitude; to relocate within/to New Zealand, to be a part of some of the world’s largest construction, engineering and trades projects.

We are proud to assist a diverse workforce of people who work hard, play hard, and are passionate about making a measurable impact in all they do. Canstaff celebrate ‘difference’ and treat all candidates fairly and equally.

You can be confident in the knowledge that our friendly staff will walk you through the entire employment process and be with you every step of the way. To get started with your next career step, please see our full list of vacancies.


You have worked hard to develop your company culture and we will work with you to protect it. We specialise in helping businesses to find the right people to ensure your money is well spent.

Canstaff look forward to assisting you with your company's staffing and labour requirements. Our consultants are readily available to discuss in detail your current vacancies, and provide you with a quality, efficient service to fill these places in a timely and effective manner.

Attracting elite candidates that are sought after in this highly competitive marketplace, our consultants employ a rigorous screening process to draw up a list of the most suitable for the role.

We will work with you to develop a strategic plan that will assist you with forecasting your future staffing requirements. For further information visit our dedicated 'Clients' area.

A Trusted Brand with a Global Reach

At Canstaff, we are now moving into our second decade of recruitment with offices throughout New Zealand including Christchurch, Timaru/Oamaru, Ashburton, Queenstown, Auckland, Pukekohe, as well as 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. We remain sensitive to local needs while remaining flexible enough to supply recruitment solutions to smaller businesses through to large enterprises.

Working closely with global organisations and multinationals, as well as local brands and SMEs, our consultants ensure that:

  • Clients’ specific recruitment requirements are met with precision
  • Candidates find the roles that not only meet their skills and experience, but will help propel their career ambitions.

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.

Health & Safety

Canstaff recognise the paramount importance of Health & Safety across all industry departments today. We have developed a comprehensive health & safety management system – Cancare. Ensuring that your safety is our first priority.

Our programme includes:

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

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

Brian Maposua Canstaff Consultant

Brian Maposua


Brian has a Pacific Island (Samoan) heritage, but he was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand as an only child, and without a father, Brian was raised by his mother all on her own in South Auckland, so he has had to progress to the next stages of life through many challenges.

Brian was fortunate enough to have attended King’s College, through a Rugby Scholarship programme, where he was able gain a good grounding in both academic and sporting areas of education.

After finishing from King’s College, Brian went on to University of Auckland, and graduated with BCom (management major).

Brian has had 13 years in the Recruitment Industry, working for several nationally and globally recognised recruitment companies. Throughout this time, Brian started off as a Junior Consultant, then progressing onto Senior and Management roles in the Industrial side of recruitment.

Outside of work, Brian enjoys spending time with his Wife, Daughter and Son (as well as the Cat and Dog). He values doing the “the little things” with his family, whether it be going to the local park, playing Monopoly or visiting family and friends.

When Brian has time, he’ll catch up with mates for a BBQ or watching footy at a mate’s place, pub or rugby club.

Brian is looking forward to working for Canstaff, so he can contribute to the company’s progress and success with the experiences he has gained over the years in the Recruitment Industry.

Don Pitconr Canstaff Consultant

Don Pitcorn


Born and raised in the small King Country town of Te Kuiti, Don was enticed by the promise of world travel from the NZ Navy and ‘flew the nest’ to follow his dream. After completing his working OE, he was stationed in Auckland upon his return and never left the bright lights of the big city.

Don’s resilience and ‘can do’ attitude shone through as two consecutive careers; one as a production manager and the other as an operations manager. These careers choices lead Don into the intriguing world of recruitment, where he firmly planted his roots and his career has flourished ever since.

Don has held recruitment consultant roles with an Auckland based recruitment company for the past 9.5 years; 3 in Penrose and 6.5 in Pukekohe. His local contacts and knowledge give him a winning advantage over other consultants and he looks forward to meeting clients and candidates to be part of your employment solution.

Don describes working with Auckland’s youth as his biggest passion. He finds fulfilment when placing the right candidate with the right job, and this is magnified tenfold when assisting young people to reach their goals, develop work ethic and take on responsibilities in their new roles.

Self-described as an all-round sports nut, Don can be found at many local events over the weekends with his partner Tere.

Blair O'Donnell Canstaff Consultant

Blair O'Donnell


Blair grew up in Invercargill and while at high school he relief milked and worked on a local large scale primrose operation. Blair has always believed in giving 100 percent into everything he starts.

Blair has also worked for an environmental horticulture operation as production manager. This position involved lab testing and attention to detail with the management of 17 staff. From this, Blair had the opportunity to own his own landscaping business working with construction companies; landscaping new properties.

After selling this business, Blair went tractor and bobcat driving in Australia. When he returned to New Zealand, he worked as a contract tractor driver before deciding to enter the dairy industry full time. Starting as a farm worker, Blair worked his way through the ranks to manager on a large scale operation before working up to share milking.

Blair worked for Canstaff as factory manager before moving into recruitment, with his wide range of farming operation knowledge, together with horticulture and warehousing experience, Agstaff believe Blair is the right person to introduce the right employees to Agstaff’s clients.

In his spare time Blair plays cricket and enjoys golf when he gets a chance. When possible he enjoys escaping from everything to go fishing.

Tim Riwaka Canstaff Consultant

Tim Riwaka

Apprentice Mentor

Tim might be the newest member of the Canstaff team, but he is also a bonafide veteran in the field of carpentry. Tim began his career in 1964 when he was recruited straight from high school onto a trade trainee system facilitated by Maori Affairs (Te Puni Kokiri). Inspired by his father’s carpentry tools and the desire to build himself a home, Tim excelled in his chosen trade and went above and beyond what was expected to complete the training program.

Having a family of his own, ultimately lead to career change which was to last for twenty years. Tim joined the New Zealand Police and worked a number of different sections within the Police Departments including Firearms Instructor, Acting Sergeant, and most recently as a Maori Liaison Officer.

During his time with NZ Police, he remained ever-faithful to his passion for carpentry.

Tim undertook many community projects in his spare time, and even used his annual leave days for the larger projects. Canstaff provided Tim with the opportunity to combine his leadership and carpentry skills in the role of Apprentice Mentor.

Tim has a proven ability to inspire, motivate and teach young people - not only trade skills, but invaluable life skills too. His current role involves ensuring apprentices are completing their unit standards and providing tailored learning support to ensure each apprentice leaves his care successfully, as a qualified full time carpenter.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys playing guitar, camping, travelling overseas, reading, collecting Kai Moana (seafood) supporting his Moko (grandchildren) in their endeavors.

Steve Roberts Canstaff Consultant

Steve Roberts


Steve was born and raised in a small town, tucked away in the valleys of Wales. Inspired by his Dad, who was a boilermaker at the time, Steve had set himself a goal to be accepted as an electronics apprentice with the UK’s largest steel manufacturer.

Even as a youngster he was a determined chap, and was one of 10 talented applicants out of 1200 to join the programme.

After doing his “time” as an apprentice, Steve went on to pursue an electrical and engineering role in the engine of a steel plant based in Swansea.

The plant was the size of a small town and had over 10,000 employees which would convert 3.5 million tonnes of molten iron into molten steel per year.

Steve stayed in this role for seven years until a Kiwi girl stole his heart. His new wife imparted many stories about “the land of the long white cloud” and in 2000, he came over to see what all the fuss was about and hasn’t looked back since. Steve has raised two daughters, who are now teenagers, and worked for Coca Cola and Lion Breweries consecutively as their South Island Manager.

Steve’s skills as a senior manager, along with his engineering, electrical and technical skills, made him the perfect addition to the Canstaff team. Customer service and attention to detail is of great importance to Steve. He surpasses his client’s expectations by taking the time to understand their staffing needs and providing them with talent acquisition and employee retention strategies.

When not at work, Steve enjoys fishing, skiing, trying to cook Indian food, generally keeping fit and watching his daughters play sports.

Lucy Stevenson Canstaff Consultant

Lucy Stevenson


Lucy was born and raised in Southland and it was after graduating from Otago University with a Bachelor of Arts, started her working career with Fulton and Hogan before moving on with Tonkin + Taylor she found her passion was within the Engineering and Construction industry. Looking to broaden her horizons in 2012 saw Lucy move to London and found a career pathway which enabled her to utilise her outstanding people skills and construction knowledge in the recruitment industry.

This position enabled Lucy to recruit for some of the largest and well-regarded construction companies in the United Kingdom; sourcing a wide range of construction personnel within a number of different sectors. Lucy brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her time in white collar recruitment and has experience throughout the sector including everything from graduate engineers, through to project managers within heavy civils, building works, highways, rail, tunnelling, and nuclear.

Despite working overseas and embarking on many travel adventures, a piece of Lucy’s heart has always remained in Southland. She is excited to be back in the beautiful surroundings of Queenstown where she will be supplying construction staff within the Otago and Southland areas.

Since joining Canstaff Lucy has quickly demonstrated the ability to fi nd and connect quality candidates with the right jobs and employers.

When Lucy is not working, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors and socialising with family and friends.