We understand technology & people and love helping businesses find great IT people & facilitating HR change

'Paul has been a strong partner and key to the success of the business’s ability to grow its team quickly. Our Business was able to grow its software / web production capacity by more than 80% in a very competitive market over a short period of time. He has managed to build a strong network in software development and always seems to have a high calibre of candidates available for consideration. Paul understood our needs and culture and delivered every time.'  - Software Development Manager

'We have been working with Sunstone on a range of positions with quite specific requirements. Working with Paul has let us maintain focus while bringing in a variety of talent and increasing our capacity.’ - Software Director



The key to successful IT recruitment & solid placements are two fold:

1  - Cultural fit within your team and organisation

2 - Technical skill set for your specific role 

We have been extremely successful over a number of years by identifying and understanding your team culture and what type of candidate profile will best fit in and become a long-lasting, sustainable team member!

We also understand that technical skills, product or process knowledge are very important. But what are the key skills within the role - the 'must haves' and the 'we could do withouts'!?

We often recommend to hire better culturally matched candidates and train/fill-in the skill gaps.


People can improve or learn new technical skills, products & services and process/methodologies with training and the right attitude, application and aptitude.

What you can't learn (or change easily) is personality. 



Through expert market knowledge and hard work on your behalf! 


Permanent IT Recruitment

We have a simple approach:

1  - Understand your requirements with regards Organisational History, Company Culture, Role Specifics, Skill Set required, Recruitment / Interviewing Process, Reason role has come to fruition, Remuneration and Key Selling Points

2  - Agree an action plan going forward on how to work best together ie long list, short list, Psychometrics (if necessary), ballpark interview dates

3  - We go to market with our large network of IT contacts, advertising and extensive IT candidate database. We long list then interview candidates face-to-face (or skype) to determine short-list to present to you

4  - Submit pre-qualified short-list candidates for client interview

5  - Client interviews 1st/2nd/3rd, References, Offer and Appointment is made

6  - Aftercare, while candidate hands in notice and is prepared for new start date with the organisation we help you with the onboarding process. We keep in touch with the candidate & you as the client ensuring a seamless transition

Retained Executive Search & Selection

For more complex & targeted assignments: 

1 - Retain Sunstone to advertise / network / search candidates - 1/3 fee up front

2 - Sunstone produces short-list of strongly matched candidates for interview - 1/3 fee on short-list

3 - Appointment of candidate - 1/3 final fee on start date

Contract IT Recruitment

We have a fast & efficient approach to IT Contract Recruitment:

1  - Understand your requirements with regards Role/Project Specific, Skill Set required, and Length of Assignment/Project, Hourly or Daily rate budget

2   - Go to our pool of available IT Contractors we currently work with and if suitable & available recommend for immediate start

If not - we go to market with our large network of IT contacts, advertising and extensive IT candidate database. Interview best fit candidates face-to-face (or skype) to determine short-list to present to you for immediate start & agree charge rate

3  - Client interviews (if necessary), References, Offer and Placement is made

4 - Once the assignment starts we support our IT Contractors keeping in touch regularly, offering them feedback and paying them promptly 

IT Consulting

We can also provide IT Consultants that can come in and spend 1-2 days per week (or when needed) in a more adhoc arrangement in which they can up skill your team or introduce a new methodology or way of working. They will provide support to your team by phone or online around development release cycles for example or periods of change to help your team succeed.

As a Professional IT Recruitment Agency we maintain public liability insurance cover of $5,000,000 (NZD)

To discuss your Permanent, Retained Executive Search or Contract IT recruitment requirements Call Paul now on

021 532 008



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We have a simple approach to HR Consulting:

1  - Work through problem

2  - Agree Action Plan

3  - Research, Advise, Provide Solution

4  - Facilitate, Execute, Support

We're happy to meet up and discuss your issues face-to-face, get a feel for your team & organisation - the specifics of your problem to solve.

We work with Start-Ups to LARGE organisations and everything in between.

You may need help to facilitate cultural change, engagement or process improvement and enhancement.

You may just require an experienced outsourced HR partner with a steady pair of hands to tidy up some documentation or run over your new HR policies with a fine tooth comb to ensure they're 100% tip top!

Or as a start-up to produce a basic HR framework (documentation / process) for on-boarding new hires.

We can meet you off site to ensure confidentiality or on the flip side come in to meet your team and the key players to further drill down and discover key issues or identifiers that may help us solve your problem or facilitate your situation in the best possible way.

We're here to help support you as a partner to facilitate business change and achieve your required goals and outcomes!



We offer a range of HR services from extra support when you're totally 'snowed under' to more complex cultural change facilitation

  What you might NEED?

  • A confidential sounding board

  • A blueprint on how to plan your workforce and retain your best talent

  • How to keep your people engaged in your company

  • Help setting your remuneration and benefits

  • A how to guide on managing your people and their performance, whether they're 'stars' or you have challenges

  • Help screening CVs or writing job descriptions

  • A full suite of HR policies, either developed, or reviewed to ensure your company is set up for growth

  • Succession planning – making sure your star performers have a career path that keeps them challenged!

  • Facilitation

  • Strategic plan development

  • Implementing a new hiring/recruitment/on-boarding process

  • Providing facilitation for cultural change

  • Specific support to manage a poor performer

  • HR Process Review and Best Practice Advice

 To discuss your HR issue or project Call Stephanie now on

021 313 993



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client Testimonials:



Paul has been working on 6 IT positions for us over Q4 in 2012 in which, he has successfully filled the first 5 roles (Lead Test Engineer, Senior C#.Net Developer, Intermediate C#.Net Developer, Software Implementation Consultant and SQL Support Consultant) and is currently working on a further role – an additional Test Engineer. It's been an exclusive IT recruitment deal in which we've benefited by being able to get on with business as usual, select well-matched candidates to interview and get great outcomes quickly.

-- CEO/Founder, Software House, Christchurch, New Zealand



“The relationship between an employer and an IT recruiter is complex. Not  only does an IT recruiter need to understand the business and industry, but they  also  need to master the subtleties of "culture fit". Paul has accomplished both of these requirements to a standard not often encountered in the industry. But the most important aspect of this complicated relationship is that of trust and credibility. This confidence can only evolve over time and through transparent communications. Paul continues to produce candidates of a very high caliber, often under difficult and ever-changing circumstances.”

 – HR Manager Global E-commerce House, Christchurch, New Zealand.



“Paul has become a strong IT recruitment partner for our Development department over the last two years. Two things stand out for me; a focus on good relationship management and a superb network in the Christchurch Software Development market. Over the last years Paul has placed a number of talented C#.Net Software Developers within our Agile teams. Paul provides quality CV submittals with important details highlighted, covering what I need to help make an informed decision. Any questions are quickly followed up and answered, and the overall process is quick, effective, and adaptive. It’s great to see Paul involved in industry events too.

Overall, we receive good service and value from Paul and I would strongly recommend to anyone recruiting in the Christchurch IT market to give him a call”! 

 -- CIO/Head of Development, Software House, Christchurch, New Zealand.