+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

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Full Time Roles

  • Front End Developer
  • Auckland
  • $100k - $120k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Front End/UI Developer | Auckland | $100k - $120k Are you a driven and talented Front End Developer who is looking for a fresh start in 2020? We have a fantastic opportunity to join a growing team crafting enterprise-level bespoke digital solutions.  This well-known Auckland company are looking for ...
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  • Digital Project Manager
  • Auckland
  • $80K - $90K
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a seasoned Digital Project Manager looking for a fresh start in 2020? This established market leader is looking for someone with passion and proven experience coordinating and delivering end to end digital projects, particularly large scale websites. Working collaboratively amongst a variety...
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  • UX Strategist & Researcher
  • Auckland
  • $110k - $140k
  • Full Time
  • Live
This reputable Auckland company is looking for a senior UX Strategist & Researcher to join their ever-growing, collaborative and cross-functional experience team. This role will see you address the high-level objectives and requirements from key stakeholders. You will then translate, design and ...
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Posted at 11:33am 14/01/20

Back on board for 2020!

The Pond is back on deck for 2020 and we are feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new year. We have big plans in action for this year here in digital and technology, starting with welcoming all new digital clients and talent looking for a fresh start in 2020! Feel free to get in touch to kick start the process!

Posted at 10:30am 18/12/19

Goodbye 2019

After an incredible 7 months of getting settled into The Pond, I can confidently say 2019 has been a huge success! Thank you all for the support and guidance throughout this transition, we have some big plans over here in the Digital Technology team for 2020 and can't wait to start back fresh at The Pond in the new year!

Posted at 4:12pm 25/11/19

The Pond welcomes Ruby Tulloch, Agent 009

We here at The Pond are thrilled to announce our latest addition to the Pond family. Ruby Tulloch has joined the team to support Hayden and the digital technology agents. This allows us to service both candidates and clients alike quicker and more efficiently, Welcome aboard Ruby!

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