Employee of the Month

July 2017

Deb Hall


Cancer Research Trust

Deb was employed at Breadcraft in October 2015 as our Health & Safety Officer and since November 2017 has also undertaken the Human Resources role. Deb has a real passion for her position and this shows with the energy, determination and hours she puts towards her role. She always ensures all areas of Health & Safety are performing well and has introduced systems which have helped Breadcraft to reduce LTI’s and Serious Harm injuries which has resulted in one LTI/Serious Harm injury in 18 months! She has restructured and organised training for all our Health & Safety committee, and also ensures  all other areas of Health & Safety training (i.e.Floor Warden training, First Aid training, and Fire Extinguisher training are continuously updated to ensure our Wardens are trained and ready to go in the event of an emergency. Thanks for all you efforts Deb, and thanks for helping us all keep safe!

June 2017

Rhys Semmens


Masterton Primary School

Rhys joined Breadcraft for a second time, in September 2012. Rhys is a qualified baker and currently leads a team of staff who work on the Pressed Tortilla or Cake Production shifts. 

Nothing is a problem for Rhys, he is always looking for extra work and to help others. He works hard training his team and will go the extra distance in making sure that the quality of the product is of a high standard.

In the time that Rhys has been at Breadcraft he has shown himself to be a great asset to both his team and the bakery, as a whole. This has been proven again and again with the consistent effort made by Rhys and the team. With the changing of hours to suit the need of production, Rhys leads by example.

May 2017

Jenny Aeto


Wairarapa Cancer Society

Jenny started with the Breadcraft team back in early 2015, over the past 2 ½ years Jenny has continually surprized us all with her passion to excel in everything she does. Jenny has a bubbly personality and always a smile on her face even when the pressure is on, with her can do attitude no job is to big.

Jenny is currently a key member of the artisan plant team, with a bright future a head

April 2017

Engineering Team


Riding for the Disabled

March was a very busy month for the Engineering department at Breadcraft. Not only did they have to keep the plants running with the continued increase in production but Mitch and Brian had to head off to Auckland for a week to prepare a new oven for shipping which left Don and Will on site to ensure the site continued to run without mechanical disruption.

They did very well preparing the area for the oven and once it arrived, moving it into the bakery went extremely well with no damage to man or machine. The final challenge was to  ensure everything was commissioned correctly and all the miscellaneous services were connected smartly completing a difficult job that was undertaken with very little time available.

All in all, a difficult month made to look easy by a team who planned well and executed the plan perfectly.

March 2017

Ron Mita


Wairarapa Cancer Society

Ron joined the company in March 2014

Nothing is a problem for Ron, he is always looking to improve further with ongoing cleaning of the bakery. Ron helps in all areas of the bakery from inside to out and at the highest standard.

 Ron also helps out when the Store man and Dispatch man are away on holiday. He takes part of that roll on while still doing his own job. He can spend hours here a day when required.

 Ron is a great asset to both his team and the bakery as a whole. This has being proved again and again by the consistency of his time and effort and you only have to look at the bakery.

 Well done Ron and keep up the good work

February 2017

Julian Johnston


Breast Cancer Foundation

Julian has been with Breadcraft (Wai) Ltd since February 2015 and has worked on a variety of shifts throughout his time here. He is now working full time on the Press Packing line and with the help of his team, ensures the highest quality of Press Tortilla is packed daily. Julian also assists in packing the bulk orders for our intercompany truck and relieving staff for holidays.

Nothing is a problem for Julian, he is always looking to improve further with ongoing training in different areas of the bakery.

He is a contentious worker, team player and is always willing to help anyone that requires assistance.

Julian is a great asset to both his team and the bakery as a whole.

Well done Julian and keep up the good work.

January 2017

Margaret-Anne Evans



Margaret-Anne joined the company in 2009 and is our Sales Representative for the Upper North Island.

Margaret-Anne has a great passion for her customers and the product she sells, and will always go the extra mile for her customers. She is a consistently high performer, and we have had great results from our recent product launches, particularly Cottage Lane bagels. 

Prior to Christmas, Margaret-Anne and her team of demonstrators travelled all over the North Island delivering Cockburn Christmas cakes to ensure the product got there on time.

Margaret-Anne you are a great asset to the team



December 2016

Rodney Flood


Lifeflight Trust

Rodney joined the company in 2010 on the Riga shift where he was heavily involved with the manufacture of a lot of new products, forming the benchmark of the quality product produced today.

Rodney is mainly working on the press plant packaging area, however he helps in all areas of the bakery.

Rodney has had to help out in the cleaning to cover for an ill team member and has stepped up to maintain the hygiene requirements needed while the team member recovers.

Rodney understands the bakery role and will help or take on any task we put in front of him.

Rodney has thrived on these challenges and has proven himself to be a very valuable member of the Breadcraft Team.

Well done Rodney keep it up.

November 2016

Johnylene Bustamante


Wairarapa Cancer Society


Johnylene has been with us since December 2013, and became a permanent employee of Breadcraft in July 2016.

Johnylene is a very helpful employee, she is always offering help to those in need, and is always looking to learn new skills. She consistently puts in 100% effort with no complaints. Johnylene has recently taken up the role of supervisor of the Flatbread packing crew and has undertaken the task exceptionally well.

Thanks for all your efforts Johnylene and keep up the great work!

October 2016

Kaylah Marino


Masterton Primary School

Kaylah joined the Breadcraft team back in February 2014 has a causal worker, working 4 hours a day.  She is now a team leader overseeing a small team of production staff.

Since joining the company Kaylah is making a most of life and has completed a certificate in  business management and is currently doing a computer course.

She has also completed her certificate for H&S representative training stage 1.

Congratulations Kaylah this is the second time this year you have been our Employee of the Month!

September 2016

Margaret Brooks


Hospice Wairarapa


Margaret is part of our super front office team and has been working long hours this month covering for other team members and ensuring everything gets done, even getting called in on her rostered day off to process the payroll.

Marg has worked these additional hours without complaint and kept the office ticking along, supporting many aspects of many roles.

Thanks Margaret, the Breadcraft team appreciates all your efforts.


August 2016

Nathaniel Clement-McEwen


Lifeflight Trust

He started with the company in January 2016 as full time coming from a recruitment agency for 6 months

He is a happy, hardworking, methodical, reliable man. Has stepped up and become a vital member of his shift in the short time. Nathaniel has learnt the Riga / Rheon, mixer, press mixer, and Bagels mixer all to a high standard. Error rate is extremely low when learning these machines

Nathaniel brings a positive enthusiasm and humor to the team environment.

Nathaniel is a great asset to both his team and the bakery as a whole. This has being proved again and again by the consistency of his time and effort.

Congratulations well deserved Nathaniel

July 2016

Tanya Purcell


Pink Ribbon Foundation



Tanya is our office “Jack of all Trades”.  She is happy to take on any task given to her and complete it with a smile.

Over the last couple of months, Tanya’s focus has been the integration of our IT systems, and to date she has made significant progress.  With the help and assistance of both Plant Managers, we have developed the system to the stage where we are able to use the ‘live’ system for production planning, and have eliminated much of the double handling we had to do in the past.

With Tanya’s understanding of both the IT system and our production processes, we will be able to continue to streamline our operation.  We are looking forward to further improvements – thanks Tanya!