Clients & Testimonials
We are so lucky to work with wonderful people from interesting organisations both large and small throughout Aotearoa. Here’s what they have to say.
After our return to the office post COVID-19 lockdown we had a few staff members we needed to recruit – and FAST. I put the emphasis on fast as it was so key to the success of the roles that we were hiring.
We felt so lucky to have the support of Lidya, Georgia and Yannie on the three hires that we needed (and Emma you too – it’s always just really great knowing you are there and able to pick up the phone when I need it). They were super responsive, submitted amazing candidates, and all in record time! All three of them made the recruitment process so easy for us – ensuring they only submitted the right candidates for our business, who were in our budget and who could work within our timeframes. We ended up hiring three superb employees and I’m so thankful that we had the Tribe team to help us as we couldn’t have done it without them.
What I loved the most was how fast the team were to respond and how well they “got” what type of person we needed. Even the reference checks were submitted in record time.
Brooke Riley - Head of HR, Trilogy
As a successful business with continuous growth, Julia Matthews needed the right support to sustain that growth, here is why she got in touch with Tribe.
Watch: Julia Matthews - CEO, Two Islands
Here at Tribe we have a dedicated Knowledge team, to provide a more in-depth search throughout your recruitment process, a key point of difference that stood out to Lindsay Cowley from Online Republic.
Watch: Lindsay Cowley – CEO, Online Republic
"Why do I chose to partner with Tribe? I have worked with both Emma and James, two of the chiefs, for 10 years plus and appreciate their genuine focus on partnership and understanding of what good talent looks like. Tribe's brand compliments ours and has cut through, attracting a high calibre of people, not to mention their research function which taps into inactive talent in the market. We have used Tribe and their specialist teams across many disciplines, at all levels, and have been impressed with the calibre of people they have in their teams. I continue to value their honest commercial advice and I know that they work in a true partnership model to help us achieve our business goals."
Marlene Strawson - General Manager People & Performance, Mercury
“Tribe Team and Yannie our Consultant in Supply Chain & Operations listened to our requirements, helped shape our thinking on what we needed, and then found the perfect team member to join us. We were an emerging start-up looking for our first team member to join the business and had no job description to start with. Tribe helped to mould the role around top talent in the market, searched locally and internationally to ensure they could meet the broad skillset and expertise we were after. I wouldn’t hesitate to use the Tribe Team again.”
Watch: Josie Lambert – FOOD NATION, Co-founder
"I have worked with Lidya for the last 4+ years through different companies. Professional, approachable and adaptable l find Lidya a dynamic and focused individual who goes the extra mile to present high caliber candidates. Lidya takes the time to understand and analyse the business and the role, by gaining a deep and tangible understanding of the cultural pieces that make my team(s) thrive. The attention to detail and prompt follow-through is second to none.
Her unique ability to tailor the process for my teams and organisation requirements is what sets Lidya apart from the rest."
Brenda Edwards - Credit and Collections Manager, Mercury
“We have been partnering with Tribe for some time now to identify talented people who want to join our Spark Team. Tribe have consistently sought to understand the specific context of our business and what we have on offer – particularly evident as we worked through our Agile transformation. The team at Tribe take the time to authentically connect with the people they send our way and our leaders across a range of expertise domains. We have a good partnership foundation in place – we listen to each other and they deliver to our identified needs."
Heather Polglase - HR Director, Spark
"Thanks for your stellar service with this project. It was a real pleasure to work with you and again, #teamTribe delivered!"
Tiffani Graydon - CEO, Yealands
"Lidya has always kept in contact and across the way my team, our business and how our performance is going. She sincerely engages to understand my team, our role and the changes we have within the business.
Recently, I approached Lidya with an immediate need of getting some talented people for my team, for a sudden increase of calls into our Helpdesk. Because of the way Lidya works, she already knew the fit and environment and delivered immediately. I had an energetic group of people to have in the team and the process was made as effortless as possible.
Overall, I enjoy working with Lidya and I appreciate her genuine approach to working with people. She is personable, professional and is great at what she does."
Victor Hukui - Customer Service Manager, Lotto NZ
“Working with Emily has been the best, she took the time to truly understand our organisation, our culture and how we work... It's been a partnership - the calibre of candidates has been outstanding, the process has been so very smooth, and Em goes above and beyond.”
Amie Grey – VP of Customer Success, Mentemia
"I have used Tribe for recruiting new team members to the company I work for. The service I have received has been excellent, they listen to my requirements and quickly get an understanding of both the company and type of person we are looking for, the end result to date has been very successful – a good partnership all around."
Chris Lyall - Lead Assistant, Spark
"Sealord have been working with the tribe team for the past few years and have filled a range of sales and marketing roles at various levels of seniority. I’ve found Cam to be a highly engaged business partner who is interested in our business, our people and culture when we’ve been recruiting and he strives to deliver us the best candidates for the job brief. What I like most about Jenny and the Tribe team, other than the recruitment process itself, is being able to call on their advice from a broader perspective from discussing the current employment market to potential future candidates to even some career advice for the team, the list could go on. They are genuine, straight talking and pragmatic. Ideal for partnering with."
Stuart Yorston General Manager New Zealand - Sealord Group Ltd
"My initial meeting with Sandy to talk about candidate requirements was very beneficial. Sandy was engaged and informed and seemed to genuinely understand the technical need and was keen to understand more about the culture fit.
Communications regarding candidate interviews were great. We had to shuffle a few times and Sandy was very accommodating and responsive. Covid arrived in the middle of the process which added an interesting dimension but I felt the communication remained transparent throughout. Communication throughout negotiation, contact signing and commencement of employment has also been great."
Sarah Hall - Customer & Compliance Learning Manager, TSB
"The team at Tribe took the time upfront to really understand what we were after and to ensure we got the right candidates shortlisted from the get go. The entire recruitment process was very professional with great communication and feedback loops that secured us a really top quality candidate we are exceptionally pleased with."
George Gordon - Commercial Director, Lewis Road Creamery
"The Tribe team are our recruitment partner of choice because their absolute first priority has always been developing a deep understanding of our business model, our strategy, our values and our team. Jenny, Cam & Chelsi know what makes us tick as well as we do and as a result they consistently put forward the best possible candidates for our business and never simply candidates for the sake of filling a short list. Strategic thinking, clear communication, cohesive teamwork and great outcomes are the hallmarks of any recruitment process with the Tribe team. Their passion and commitment for our success makes them feel more like a trusted advisor within our team rather than a business partner and we are absolutely better together working with the team at Tribe."
Craig Langley - CEO, Mix Ltd
"Emily was amazing! Very friendly, caring, and had great communication. Would highly recommend!"
Jess Ah Kuoi- Head of People and Culture, Eye Institute
"I have been working with Tribe for a number of years. Initially, they helped me to establish a new Sales & Marketing senior leadership team following an organisational restructure.
Although working at NZ Post may not have immediately been at the top of potential candidates’ wish lists, the team at Tribe were able to articulate the opportunities these roles presented in order to secure a strong pool of candidates. In addition to understanding the specific skills and capabilities required, they were able to recruit to the desired team culture I was seeking to establish.
The outcome is that we have established an extremely strong and collaborative leadership team with diverse and complementary skillsets. More than two years down the track that team is still together and delivering great results.
We continue to use Tribe for external recruitment of key sales and marketing personnel."
Bryan Dobson - Chief Marketing Officer, NZ Post
"Having worked with Dan for over 7 years, I have found him to be one of the most agile Supply Chain and Procurement recruitment specialists I’ve dealt with. His attention to detail, ability to identify the right fit – almost with a sixth sense - and his knowledge of the wider industry ensures the best candidate selections are brought forward – a vital service component when time is precious and talent is hard to find. I highly recommend Dan as the solutions provider of choice to fill those challenging Supply Chain and procurement roles."
Rob Appleyard - Head of Operations and Supply Chain, Ceres Organics
We recently engaged Tribe (Jenny and Cameron) to assist with the recruitment of a CEO for About Health Supplements Ltd. Following a short advertising and search campaign we were presented with three very diverse and highly capable candidates. All fitted the brief. Working with Cameron who was our main contact, was a great experience. Regular communication and follow-up allowed us to be well informed throughout. I know Tribe is well respected by both client businesses and candidates. Recruitment decisions are some of the most critical and important you face in business. Tribe made the process easy and we trusted their insights along the way. Great follow-up after the candidate was placed was also excellent.
We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jenny, Cameron and the team at Tribe.
Peter Tinholt - Director, Oriens Capital
"Tribe is an incredible agency that focuses on getting you the right person for your role. They are a true partner and work very hard to understand your business and culture which ensures successful placements every time. I have personally worked with Emma and James for many years and have full confidence and trust in the team they have built. I would highly recommend Tribe to anyone!"
Shirvani Mudaly - Chief People Officer, Vend
Some roles can be easier to hire than others, Mike Stolz knew exactly what he wanted and tasked Tribe to find the perfect balance to meet those needs for him and the business. Here is what he had to say!
Watch: Mike Stolz - Senior Commercial Finance Manager, Goodman Fielder
"I've enjoyed a long-term relationship with Jenny and most recently with Cameron who have successfully recruited key senior sales and product marketing roles across the NZ organisation's I have led at Johnson & Johnson, Samsung Electronics and JUUL Labs. Through the multiple roles filled over many years, the team has always looked to deeply understand the company strategy and business situation well beyond the role itself, which has seen some really strong candidates and organization fit. I've been impressed with the super responsive nature of the team from what have been some seriously demanding briefs, the frank and honest dialogue we have, and ultimately finding the right people. The team stays close from the brief right through to role appointment which for me is important and this has always shown up through a positive candidate experience. I'd happily recommend Tribe to any organization in NZ looking to find real talent in a challenging talent market."
Andy Hrstic - Managing Director, JUUL Labs NZ Ltd
"With regard to our recent CMO appointment, you guys hit it out of the park – so thank you. Cameron is an absolute professional – he understood our needs and took the time to understand our business. The process was great with some really good candidates put forward!
Thanks again to Cam and the team! Great job."
John van Rensburg - CEO, Bevie
"Over the years I have worked with Tribe I have always been impressed with the way they take the time to understand an individual’s needs and work hard to create a solution from there."
Matt Donn - CEO, Tom and Luke
“ Our business has worked with the team at Tribe for a number of years and value this relationship which is built on mutual trust to help us secure the right talent, challenge our thinking and create value for our business. This is built on a deep understanding of our business that reflects our shared work together and the quality of the team at Tribe – genuinely personal business that always has our interests at the heart of any discussion. I strongly recommend”
Kevin Mapson Commercial Managing Director, Pernod Ricard
“Working with Tribe is effortless! Having worked with a number of Tribe consultants through recruitment specialisms such as Accounting and Finance, Business Support and Technology and Digital. Each consultant works with professionalism, a good sense of humour, and really takes time to understand not only your recruitment need or requirement but also your company/business. When you work with Tribe as a client you become much more than that, you feel like you become part of their Tribe!”
Jeremy Keene – People & Culture Senior Advisor- Grant Thornton New Zealand
"When looking for a recruiter partnership there are three key success factors I look for – 1) do they understand our organisation, where we are heading and what capability we need to get there, 2) Do they understand our culture and our people for the right fit and 3) do they have a deep understanding of the FMCG industry and the talent within the market…
Jenny, Cam and the team at Tribe are exceptional across all three aspects and as a result consistently provide quality candidates (not just any candidate) that add value to our organisation. They have a deep understanding of the FMCG market, they are insightful, challenging and when if it gets hard they keep going to ensure we get the right result not just any result. This allows them to be an independent trusted people advisor and I really value their input. And lastly and most importantly they are just great people, they are genuine, trusting and have great intent."
Tim Carter - CEO, Dairyworks
"We work really well together and every now and then we bring in a ‘wild card’, someone with no experience in the recruitment field, Micha see's great things in candidates and I had confidence in her intuition. Right from the beginning her candidates bring their ‘A’ game!"
Helena Garton - Talent Acquisition Team Leader, Auckland Council
Hiring a new role is no easy feat for a business, having the support and knowledge behind you is exactly what took the pressure off Paul Wilcox when it came time to hire a new CFO.
Watch: Paul Wilcox – CEO, Auckland Racing Club
“I highly recommend Tribe. They made the recruitment of our CFO easy. Their approach was professional, quick and efficient, and delivered great results."
Sean Kelly - CEO, Smartfoods
"We approached Tribe needing help with an unconventional and hybrid role within our business. The role involved Demand Planning and Financial Analyst work. Yannie listened to our needs, she knew the landscape of Supply Chain careers and talent out in the market and was quick to present several candidates. Her and Jackie in the Finance team at Tribe worked together to ensure they uncovered all options. We were able to hire a great candidate within a week’s time of working with Yannie, on what was a challenging role! Not only did our hire have the right technical background, but most importantly they fitted in well with our team - and they have proved to be a great fit with our culture. I would highly recommend Yannie for any supply chain recruitment needs and sourcing great Demand Planners."
Harley Gee - Operations Manager, Shimano NZ
"Tribe supported Mi9 in our search for a marketing contractor to accelerate our marketing planning and execution as a key priority in FY20. Tribe presented some excellent candidates and I’m pleased to say one of them has been working with us for nine months, becoming a member of our team and delivering results that exceed our expectations. Our marketing contractor’s performance has led us to increase the hours she’s working in the business twofold to date."
Rhys Heron - Managing Director, M9
"I have dealt with Tribe for close to 2 years and they have provided excellent temporary staff. I can trust the Tribe team to find the right fit, the right person with the right skills and the right attitude. The Tribe team are responsive and proactive and their resources have highly complimented our team. Thank you Micha and the team for all of your on-going support."
Matt Pontin - Recruitment & Allocations Manager, NRA
"I have worked with Sandy Gibbs on several recruitment projects in Australia within the aged care sector. She placed me in my current P&C position here at Goodwin. Sandy is a highly professional and dedicated person who listens to the client’s needs and outcomes. Whist working with Sandy she is able to suggest and guide you around different options and always has the client’s interests at heart. Aside from recruitment and sourcing, Sandy delivered training workshops to our management team, remodelled and simplified our interviewing templates, and was asked to speak at a Goodwin recruitment forum earlier this year. Sandy partners with her clients and I am still using her for a major aged care recruitment drive even though she is now in New Zealand with Tribe. Three words that describe Sandy are - trustworthy, professional and results-oriented."
Marina Bolton - Executive Manager People and Culture, Goodwin
"When looking for temporary staff, I have turned to Tribe for the last couple of years now. They always have a number of people to choose from with various degrees of experience, depending of what our requirements have been. Usually when I have needed someone on a temping basis, I have needed them immediately and Tribe have been able help, which takes the stress out of things for me."
Chris Lyall - Lead Assistant, Spark
"We work with the team at Tribe as a key recruitment partner across temp and perm and find them to be highly effective. They listen, they have tenacity, nothing is too hard, and they have invested in getting to know us well. We value their input and our relationship. Thanks team Tribe!"
Will Graham, Chief Customer Officer, Network for Learning
"I wish to take this opportunity to advise that the response to our recent announcement of the recruitment of CEO Bruce Pilbrow has been both humbling and outstanding. We enjoyed the journey through the briefing, interviews, and selection with you, the Tribe Group, who second-guessed what our Trust was seeking.
As we are a ‘not for profit’ organisation, you were empathetic in your approach for us. We were only presented with persons of high calibre which made for robust, considered, and easy decision making. You remained in constant touch with us and the communication and time frame culminated in a most successful outcome.
As we approach our 50th Anniversary of operations in delivering life changing voyages to the Youth of the Nation, we are highly motivated to enter our next dynamic phase.
Thank you for the part you have played."
Steve Fisher - Chair, Spirit of Adventure
"Tribe have been very responsive and managed to find us great candidates at short notice to meet our short term needs."
Struan McLeod - Head of Shared Service Piritahi
“Emma is professional and great to work with. She understands our company's values, mission, recruitment and staffing requirements. Emma was always able to provide applicants of a high standard, providing constant feedback, even when some positions were difficult to fill. I highly recommend Tribe for your hiring needs.”
Suji Boomgaard - Recruitment Partner
"I’ve enjoyed working with Tribe across a variety of roles and disciplines. Good people who listen and deliver.”
Mike Sweet - Chief People Officer, EROAD
“In my experience the Tribe team bring a unique blend of empathy, passion and expertise to the recruitment process which is both refreshing and rewarding. We’ve landed exactly the right candidates at the right time thanks to Tribes efforts and many months later they are continuing to flourish in their roles. Tribe are a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation recommending their services.”
Chris Tuohy - Agile Coach of Coaches, Spark
"I have worked with Estee from Tribe for a number of years sourcing candidates in mid and senior finance roles. Estee has a high level of integrity as a recruiter and always takes time to fully brief herself on roles being recruited. Estee is incredibly efficient and detailed, putting forward only those candidates who closely match our requirements.
Rob Bullock - CFO, Quotable Value
"We have worked with Tribe for a number of years but never for an executive-level role. We gave them the opportunity and it proved to be a great decision. Chelsi was fantastic in proactively understanding the requirements of the role and the type of person we were looking for and flexed when we changed the goalposts. Chelsi’s customer service was outstanding as she provided us with everything we needed to as we went through the recruitment process. Tribe worked closely with us the whole way as we identified and recruited our ideal candidate, overall a great result."
Wayne Turner – GM Human Resources, Tegel
Company culture is at the heart of Tribe and it is what stood out to Alison Barrass when working with us.
Watch: Alison Barrass - Independent Director (Spark, Tom & Luke, Rockit Apple)
"Tribe continues to be a trusted recruitment partner sourcing good candidates with quite specific skill sets and at times within tight timeframes. Estee listens, understands, and importantly is not afraid at checking back in to see she’s on track. I call that authentic."
John Botica - Director of Market Engagement, FMA
"At short notice, which is often the case in these sort of situations, Tribe were able to assist us in recruiting a high-quality contracting candidate. The communications were clear throughout the briefing, search and appointment stages, making the process a straightforward one for us."
Tony Robinson - International Director, Endeavour Consumer
"Recently, we had a need to fill a senior finance role in a short time frame. We contacted Estee and Tribe to complete this assignment. The service, the prompt attention, the consistent follow up and the quality of candidates we got from them speaks well of their recruiting and screening process. The quality of candidates were so good, we ended up recruiting both candidates. I would have no hesitation in recommending Estee and Tribe for their excellent, cost-effective service."
Rob Bullock - CFO, Quotable Value
"Our strategic partnering with Sandy Gibbs, proved a vital component of DHA’s seamless and highly successful transition to the new service delivery model. Sandy Gibbs is a highly professional relationship manager whose dedication, dependable nature and unquestionable integrity ensured she was highly respected and valued by DHA’s Senior Executive management group."
Kevin Southgate - Retired National Manager, Defence Housing Australia
“Sarah and the team at Tribe are people-focused. They strive to build enduring relationships with their clients and candidates. Working with Sarah White and the team at Tribe is always a very enjoyable experience. The team always take time to deeply understand our needs and go the extra mile to ensure we have fantastic candidates that not only have the right skills but more importantly are the right cultural fit for the organisation.”
Kari Jones - GM Data & Analytics, NZ Post
"Sandy is the consummate HR professional. I have worked with Sandy as both a client and a candidate. Sandy builds effective and trusting partnerships and demonstrates sound judgment and decision making. As her client, she has assisted me in recruitment activities as well as providing technical HR advice. As a candidate, Sandy listens, is attentive to individual needs and seeks opportunities to both match your unique skills but also with a eye on future growth opportunities for your career. I commend her to you."
Catharine Armitage - Head of People, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation
"We have developed a strong relationship with Tribe and value their dedication to matching some top talent with awesome opportunities at Spark. We appreciate their passion for people, efficiency, and attention to detail. We love working with you and will continue to keep you top of mind when we are on the lookout for amazing people to join Spark."
Hayley Smith - Human Resource Partner, Spark
"I would describe the recruitment engagement with Tribe one of the best ones I have experienced so far. Both Emily and Lidya were a pleasure to deal with, remained in continuous communication to keep me up to date on the status of the recruitment, their queries and follow-ups for information were well-timed, pushing me along whilst being respectful of my time. I was very pleased with the shortlist of candidates which catered to a very broad scope and we ended up hiring from them amongst the first group. Based on this positive experience I would definitely ask Tribe to look after my IT recruitment again if the opportunity came up."
Tuan Tran - Head of IT, Brightside
"New Zealand Post has had a productive relationship with Tribe for some years. We value the insight and knowledge of the Tribe team and the effort they take to understand not only the skills and experience we require but their understanding of the special and unique culture within New Zealand Post and advocating that on our behalf with great people who want to work with us."
Jonathan Later - Head of Talent Management and Sourcing, NZ Post
"Working with Tribe was a pleasure from start to finish. The process was seamless, with excellent communication and understanding of our needs, we received very high caliber candidates."
Lizzie Brett - Marketing Manager, House of Travel
"Going over and beyond to find excellent talent - the team listen, are sharp, passionate, and dedicated to excellent results."
Susan Parks - Head of Experience Design, Auckland Transport
"From end-to-end the complete journey with Tribe was superb! From taking the job description, through to finding us the perfect candidate, the process was enhanced all the way through by exceptional communication. I would use Tribe again in a heartbeat!"
Phil Doyle - Project Director, Greenstone Group
"Tribe have been amazing, nailed the client brief in three assignments out of three, presenting exactly the calibre of candidate we are looking for!"
Andy Huge - Chief Operating Officer, FOODCHAIN
“I had a great experience recently when I engaged Tribe to find a contract CFO. I was provided with a strong list of candidates to choose from and the process was seamless. I would definitely recommend Tribe if you are looking to hire high calibre contractors.”
Mike Wafelbakker – Founder, Loft Foods.
"I’ve found the team at Tribe to be more than simply “recruiters”. Not only are they excellent at matching great people to our organisation’s needs, but they’re also adding value to our wider talent acquisition strategy with information, data, and training. The team is grounded, approachable, and adaptable – which is key in today’s market."
Rachel Kemp - Talent Acquisition Manager, Auckland Council
"Sarah’s awesome, she was great to work with. Nothing but good things to say! Communication was really easy & transparent, she was able to find great candidates for the available roles - all-round great experience."
Ryan Drew - Chapter Lead – Performance Marketing
"Kat was lovely to deal with. I felt she introduced me to high-quality candidates and was very responsive to feedback. The role we were hiring for was a unique one, so she did really well at managing expectations and ultimately helping us find the right candidate. I'd love to work with Kat again for my future marketing hires."
Chelsea Andrews - Head of Growth, Narrative