Sunstone was created from a love of people, an understanding that everyone is different & unique.


At Sunstone we're driven to get great outcomes. Our people come from Industrial / Organisational Psychology backgrounds in which we have an interest and a thirst for improving organisations. Whether that be helping you hire great IT staff, finding you your next IT job or solving your organisational issues - we're always happy to hear from you!

Our experience comes from working with thousands of clients & candidates from all industries - internationally, nationally and locally. We love to listen to your ideas and can be a great sounding board for your thoughts, plans and innovations. 


A consultative, face-to-face approach we're always happy to catch up and discuss - what's on your mind!?

We'll do the hard graft behind the scenes when you're under project pressure or need an extra hand to stay afloat in busy times of organisational change.

Whatever your business. We'd love to partner with YOU, to best help you achieve successful outcomes.


Paul Swettenham, BA Psychology

Founder / Director / Principal IT Recruitment Consultant

I love getting people IT Jobs as I'm passionate about technology & people.

I have nearly 20 years of Executive, Finance & IT Recruitment experience in New Zealand and internationally working with Christchurch''s leading software houses, technology companies and corporate clients finding them quality talent! I specialise in hard to fill roles and multiple IT recruitment projects helping build productive work cultures. I really enjoy advising candidates on how best to maximise their skills in the market place.

I am a career IT Recruitment Consultant in that I planned from university to become a recruiter after studying Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of Canterbury. I have an entrepreneurial flair and enjoy advising on business structures, culture, remuneration, IT recruitment market conditions and I am trained in the OPRA suite of Psychometric Assessment products.

When I'm not recruiting I like to design websites (like this one), surf on my SUP, ski powder, listen to music, watch movies, take photos and spend time with my young family.

I have a consultative approach and enjoy bringing great talent to our super exciting, growing city of Christchurch. Please feel free to call me on:

021 532 008


Stephanie Bain, BA, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Director / Principal Human Resources Consultant

I specialise in working with management in companies, both small & large, to help them get the best out of their people, and to set themselves up for success.

I am an experienced, proactive, hands on HR Generalist. Working primarily with management teams, I advise on strategic and operational HR to all levels in companies as large as several thousand to stand alone development roles both in New Zealand and internationally.

I have extensive experience in workplace auditing, diagnostics, problem solving, workforce planning, employee relations, recruitment and retention, performance management, remuneration, coaching, development, culture and engagement development, immigration and change management.

I also have postgraduate qualifications in Industrial/Organisational Psychology and am qualified in psychological profiling and testing through SHL, Lominger and Thomas Intl. I thrive on building relationships quickly, working within a stimulating environment and am passionate about the benefits good HR can contribute to a business.

Feel free to call me for a confidential discussion on how I can help you best on:

021 313 993

                                Other Capabilities

Psychometric Assessment 

We're ready to recommend the right tools for selection or team analysis. Often it's hard to identify / assess the management skill set - psych testing can often ascertain the key competencies within your interviewing process as one part of the puzzle.

Outplacement Services

Having to reduce staff and re-structure a team or department? We can be called into manage this delicate process or consult with staff being out placed to provide career advice, current market knowledge, job search & selection tactics with a dignified personal approach.

Multiple placement projects / re-building & developing new IT teams

We thrive on a challenge and have delivered many multiple IT recruitment assignments with tight time pressures. Whether you're re-building a development team or experience rapid growth we're here to get the goods, build your culture and ensure you hit your targets and goals!

Candidate Coaching & Career Advice

Need some advice on your career? We're here to lend an ear and give you sound market advice, realistic feedback and we may even have a job for you on our books! Often we help candidates trying to transition into the IT career they want, understanding of the employment process, help re-write or sharpen up their CV, and share some tricks to get interviews. Get in touch now to chew the fat!

Remuneration / Business Advisory

Need to work out if your staff member is being remunerated correctly? Want some advice on remuneration structures ie OTEs, Commission/Bonus structures, over-time, shift-work allowances, on-call structures and non-monetary ideas to incentivise staff? We can advise you on current market conditions & trends as we are 'knowledge workers' immersed in the current market.


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