+64 9 373 3791
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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 [email protected].

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: [email protected]

Contact Phone Number: 09 373 3791

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Full Time Roles

  • Tech Lead (Agency)
  • Wellington
  • $120k +
  • Full Time
  • Live
Our client, a digital innovation agency, is looking for a driven, organised, and super talented Tech Lead to inspire projects and mentor the greater DEV team. They are looking for a proven full stack Technical Lead with a passion for taking well designed and unique interactive concepts and making th...
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  • Back End Developer (PHP / Silverstripe)
  • Auckland
  • $100k - $120k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Our agency client, a top ten NZ digital lead agency, is looking for a driven, organised, dynamic and talented strong back-end, server-side developer with experience in Silverstripe, to work on complex projects for one of the largest finance corporates in NZ. This candidate needs to be hands-on, with...
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  • Mobile APP / UI Designer
  • Wellington
  • $100k - $120k
  • Full Time
  • Live
If you are a senior, talented and innovative mobile APP / UI designer looking to work on one of New Zealand's largest pieces  of mobile infrastructure, we can offer you the challenge and experience you are looking for. Wellington-based, this senior designer will join their existing team who are resp...
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Posted at 9:11am 10/06/19

It's winter, treat yourselves to free donuts

Winter is officially here, why not treat yourselves to free donuts to keep the office powering through the cold winter days and nights. The Pond is giving you free donuts for every freelance booking this month. Talk to me today to find out more. ENJOY!

Posted at 2:57pm 28/05/19

Looking to hire but not sure about the current state of play within the market?

If you or your organisation are looking to hire top digital talent and not sure about the market at present, please feel free to contact me for a thorough and consultative discussion. 

Posted at 2:53pm 28/05/19

Four weeks in at The Pond!

I’m now in my forth week at The Pond and loving it with some key placements under my belt. Secondly,  I’ve been liaising with a broad range of live digital talent for freelance and full time across both Auckland and Wellington.  Please feel free to contact me should you require any assistance obtaining quality candidates - I’d love to help! 

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