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More About Me

HR Consultant, Communicator, Coach & Optimistic Thinker

I was born overseas and my family moved to NZ when I was young. I went to school in Auckland, and then completed tertiary studies in both Australia and NZ.


Initially I worked in hotel management, and loved it - but soon realised what I was relishing the most in my work was seeing my team discover new opportunities, grow and develop. It was at this point, I went back to Uni to study Human Resources - whilst applying it in the real world as I was working.

Since then, I've worked in NZ, Australia and the UK, and have over 20+ years experience in generalist Human Resources - including internal communications, coaching and facilitation.


I've worked for multi-nationals, locally owned private businesses, NZSX and ASX companies and across a broad range of industries (including FMCG, viticulture, supply chain, transport, roading, railways and professional services) - but throughout them all, my consistent focus has been on the people within these organisations and enabling them to connect with their potential and creating strong, successful businesses.


I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, majoring in HR. I have been a Chartered Member of the Human Resources Institute of NZ since 2010; and I now mentor as well as assess up and coming HR practitioners.


I have accreditation in TMS Profiles, Leadership Behaviour Profiles (360 degree reviews) and Emotional & Social Intelligence (Team Management Services); and in the use of the Emotional Culture Deck - which I use in team facilitation or coaching, as applicable and requested.  I am also a professional member of the ICF, International Coaching Federation; and I have a current NZ Private Security Individual Licence to conduct investigations (Bacchus, P.I.!) 


As an HR Consultant & Coach, I can provide this experience and background to support you, your team members and your business with your current 'today' challenges along with your future growth.


"hr butter is owned and managed by an experienced leader in the field Kate Bacchus, CMHRNZ.

Over the last 5 years I have worked with Kate and her HR and people management skills are highly recommended.


Kate is always available on video or phone conference to provide advice and guidance. We also had a number of great workshops around facilitating team growth and ways of working."

Kathleen Kolanek,
Business Services Manager

"I have utilised Kate's expertise now in a couple of different settings, from more of a casual bouncing of ideas to a formal redundancy process and medical incapacity with staff. 


I am a small business owner who has grown from one man band to needing staff with no previous business experience. 


I found Kate to be highly intuitive to my needs when I had trouble explaining, she was clear and easy to understand with her advise and went over and above making my job so much easier."

Rebecca Lorenzo,
Business Owner

"My business has engaged Kate to assist with getting in place core HR processes and documents and to consult on employee relation issues as required.

Kate has done a fantastic job for us every time, she quickly comprehended our business situation and challenges and easily customised her outputs and advice to suit.

Kate is fast to act, thorough from briefing through to delivery and has incredible depth of knowledge and skills.

Kate for us is an invaluable 'on call' member of the team."

Vicky Plaistowe,
Company Director

"Kate’s HR skills and experience has been invaluable and often created a logical path through tricky situations. Invaluable.

Kate backs up her HR skills with an authentic, easy approach to connect with Team members when Kate has facilitated training and team workshops. Facilitation and Training another strength.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Kate and the ease with which she manages and leads the People management space."

Jon Gundy,
General Manager

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