+64 9 373 3791

Hayden Baker

Talent Director - Digital & Tech

022 699 1772

Hayden leads the digital talent team at The Pond, placing NZ’s best digital talent into freelance, contract, and full-time positions across a diverse range of clients, including advertising and design agencies, plus corporates and SMEs.

He is incredibly well qualified for this role, with eight years of hands-on experience working for recruitment giant Hays in Melbourne and Auckland. While there he specialised in placing digital talent across the software development sector, from development and UX stars right up to digital transformation programme managers.

Hayden is an ex-patriot Wellingtonian who is proud of being raised in the Hutt Valley where he was Head Boy of his high school and Vice Captain of the First XV. He started his first business while still at school, a juice company called Major Flavours. It lasted long enough to get him his first job (selling sunglasses), which led to jobs in the event management industry, and eventually recruitment.

“My career began in sales and marketing but has led me into recruitment because, although I love to hustle, I also love to change people’s lives,” says Hayden. “The driving force for me is helping people make headway in their careers and find a place for themselves in the world.”

“People are the most important element to help businesses evolve and grow. My mission is to place the right people in the right positions so they can have maximum impact on the company’s bottom line and on their own careers.”

He knows corporate environments inside and out, but has an avowed preference for working with businesses of all sizes, including SMEs and agencies. In his spare time, Hayden divides his time between the three ‘R’s: Rugby, Red wine, and Roasts.

If you’re looking to hire NZ’s premium digital talent to help drive the next evolution of your business, contact Hayden on +64 9 373 3791 or hayden@thepond.co.nz.

My Digital Side

Across all this DEV, TECH & WEB from his first job in 2005 at Wotzon.com selling website real estate.

Best Known For

Eight good years in Digital recruitment at Hays NZ / AUS and ex blindside flanker and proud Hutt Valley skateboarder back in the day.

Passionate About

All things digital recruitment, rugby, wine and cooking up a storm.


Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Tauranga, Wellington

Email: hayden@thepond.co.nz

Contact Phone Number: 09 373 3791

Contact Me

Full Time Roles

  • Recruitment Administrator – Digital & Tech
  • Auckland
  • $40 – $45
  • Full Time
  • Live
We are looking for a dynamic, driven and emerging recruitment administrator with a minimum of 1-2 years’ experience who has been working in either a client or customer-facing business, digital agency or recruitment agency role. This person may come from the digital admin media world or maybe a young...
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  • UI / UX Designer
  • Auckland
  • $70k - $75k
  • Full Time
  • Live
This organisation provides a suite of digital products amongst other services. They are seeking a keen junior to intermediate level UI / UX Designer to join their team. The day to day role will see you continuously improve their existing products as well as expand on their digital offerings.  This o...
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  • UX / UI Design Lead
  • Auckland
  • $120k - $140k
  • Full Time
  • Live
This growing organisation craft premium SaaS products on a global scale and are seeking a UX Design Lead to ensure best practice, standards and consistency are delivered across all their product channels. To be successful in this role you will be user focused, an evangelist of Human Centred Design, ...
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PHP Server-Side Developers wanted!

Auckland PHP Server-Side Developers with Node experience. I've got a  great 2 month freelance gig (40 hours per week) commencing ASAP in central Auckland. I'd welcome  a discussion with you if interested. Cheers 

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