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When life works better, so does business

By Michael Baxter / 5 June 2019

Vitae is New Zealand’s fastest-growing, nationwide provider of workplace wellbeing and employee assistance services. Utopia and Vitae have a long-standing relationship with Utopia creating their old website and making updates as necessary. David their Corporate Services Manager contacted Utopia to upgrade their website to enhance security, site performance and modernise the design. 


Putting your interests first

By Michael Baxter / 13 March 2019

Started in 1997, Cliffe Consulting is a privately owned, specialist financial planning and wealth management firm. Company director Rachelle contacted Utopia with the need to redesign their website.


Need storage?

By Michael Baxter / 23 February 2019

Country Lane Storage is a privately-owned family business, which has been in the storage industry for 20 years. Owner Liz came to Utopia needing to upgrade their existing website.


Do you procrastinate over updating your website?

By Michael Baxter / 9 October 2018

In this day and age being online is essential to running a successful business. Whether you are using your website as a general reference point for present or future customers or are using it to generate leads or even to be able to sell your products online. Change is something constant in the world of internet and that’s why having an obsolete web page is a big no-no. Even worse is having no w... more »


Thriving, peaceful communities …

By Michael Baxter / 28 February 2018

Violence Free Communities promote violence free communities by creating projects, events and tools that support people to enjoy active participation in their community. Administration co-ordinator Tamara contacted Utopia as they wanted to update their existing website. A Content Management System (CMS) was also required so staff could easily update the site. 


Surf lifesaving at its best

By Michael Baxter / 13 February 2018

For over 60 years the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club has been providing a vital service to the local community.  Club secretary Ross contacted Utopia as their existing website was in an unscalable platform that locked the club in forever and they wanted a modern website that was mobile friendly.  


Need ink?

By Michael Baxter / 30 January 2018

Melco Technologies is New Zealand's largest Printer Technology Distributor (PTD), specialising in Continuous Ink Supply Systems (CISS) & Specialised Inks for Inkjet Printers. Owner Graeme came to Utopia as he wanted to upgrade their existing website with an easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) so new products could be added by staff. 


Running out of room?

By Michael Baxter / 16 November 2017

Ridgeway Storage has been purpose-built for tradesmen and retail customers in the Taupo area requiring goods such as furniture, boating and other accessories to be stored securely. Owner Kathy Ridge wanted to update their existing website. A new design was required and also a new Content Management System (CMS).


Where are all the good houses?

By Michael Baxter / 7 November 2017

Find Me Property take the stress out of property buying.  They provide an alternative option for home buyers in which they do the hard work while buyers sit back and enjoy the fantastic results.  Owner Carla came to Utopia needing a website for her new business. A Content Management System (CMS) was required so staff could easily update the site.  Bespoke development was also necessary to provide a web application to manage property owners, buyers and agents.


How sustainable are you?

By Michael Baxter / 14 October 2017

Sustain and Enable is an Environmental Social Enterprise – a business set up to design and enable environmentally sustainable projects for the benefit of the planet and provide goods and services to individuals and organisations that enhance and encourage sustainable living best practice. The owner Kyle came to Utopia through Business Network International (BNI). He wanted a website to showcase their services to the community.  A Content Management System (CMS) was also required so staff could easily update the site. The CMS platform chosen for this project was CMS Made Simple.


Are you plugged in?

By Michael Baxter / 6 September 2017

Auckland Electrical Solutions prides itself on providing professional and trusted electrical services based on old-fashioned values.  They had branding but only a simple landing page. The owner Steve wanted a new website to showcase their commercial and maintenance services across Auckland.


How is your fire protection?

By Michael Baxter / 10 August 2017

Firestop Centre brings together Passive Fire Protection products from a range of manufacturers and shows in one easy process all the compliant systems that will work for your particular situation. Business owner Graham needed a new website created to allow partners and product installers to quickly get access to technical data sheets. A Content Management System (CMS) was also required so staff could easily keep the site up-to-date.


Giving direction to businesses

By Michael Baxter / 14 June 2017

Thexton Cowan Consulting help business owners build the bridge between their business goals and business realities. Owner Bruce Cowan came to Utopia as their business was expanding and they needed a new website and social media profiles to improve their exposure.


SilverStripe CMS

By Michael Baxter / 10 March 2017

There are many different website Content Management Systems (CMS) on the market today. One of the newer players is the locally developed SilverStripe . This CMS was only open sourced in 2006. This allowed developers and designers from around the world to shape and improve SilverStripe. Since this time a vibrant open source community has grown around the project and the company has expanded with ... more »


What's out west?

By Michael Baxter / 9 February 2017

The Westerly is a free monthly community magazine for Massey and Hobsonville.  Graham came to Utopia needing a website to compliment the printed magazine where past and current issues of the magazine could be viewed and editorials could be submitted.


Love the outdoors

By Michael Baxter / 17 November 2016

Hillary Outdoors Education Centres is a charitable trust that provides outdoor education primarily to young people. They came to Utopia with a number of key objectives in upgrading their website. This included migration to an upgraded platform and rebranding the entire site.


How to choose a CMS

By Michael Baxter / 17 August 2016

If you are looking at creating a new website or want to upgrade your existing one we have some useful information on how to choose a CMS.


How does you garden grow?

By Michael Baxter / 5 August 2016

Utopia is proud to announce the launch of the website for Kumeu Garden Hub - a garden centre located in Kumeu, Auckland.


How is your health and safety?

By Michael Baxter / 9 June 2016

The new Workplace Health & Safety Legislation has been implemented to improve New Zealand’s workplace safety culture. My Health and Safety is preloaded with toolkits, manuals and policies, all online and ready for clients and workers to use. Have a look at their new website.


Table for two please

By Michael Baxter / 7 December 2015

Utopia is proud to announce the launch of the new website for The Brigham - a cafe located in Whenuapai, Auckland. Click to read how the project went, with comments from our client and screen shots of the final site. 


Making cash smart

By Michael Baxter / 8 October 2015

Smart Cash came to Utopia with the objective on wanting to make their existing website responsive across devices.  Utopia worked with Smart Cash staff to understand their Content Management System (CMS) and the structures of the existing site. We then proceeded to make the necessary updates to the website’s styles. In many situations there were changes needed to content and other aspects of ... more »


School & Club Websites

By Michael Baxter / 26 May 2015

The team at Utopia have been creating websites for businesses as well as schools, clubs and not-for-profit organisations. Many of these are run by boards or committees that are running on a tight budget. Utopia can work with these groups to create a simple information based website, or, more specialised bespoke solutions. Here are some examples of the types of web based solutions these groups cou... more »


Kohia Art

By Michael Baxter / 13 May 2015

Utopia and Kohia Terrace School have a long-standing relationship when it comes to creating and managing the various websites associated with the school.  Recently Utopia completed a relaunch of the school website along with a micro website dedicated to the schools upcoming art sale and fundraiser. The new website provides a showcase for the exhibiting artists as well as a way for parents a... more »


Honey, honey, honey

By Michael Baxter / 6 May 2015

Utopia works with many web designers to implement e-commerce websites.  Beacon Hill Design , a design company from Marlborough, is a perfect example. Beacon Hill came to Utopia with a brief to implement their design for  Honey World - a premium honey related producer - with a new e-commerce site. Utopia received the design in the form of already sliced HTML. This was altered and restructure... more »


Keeping cool over summer

By Michael Baxter / 24 January 2015

Heat and Cool  provide sales, installation, service and maintenance for heat pumps and air conditioning units for both residential and commercial markets throughout Auckland. They have been working with Utopia since 2011 for the design and production of their web presence. Utopia recommended it was time to upgrade the site and provide more flexibility and opportunities for them to leverage thei... more »


For the love of the outdoors

By Michael Baxter / 16 November 2014

Hillary Outdoors Education Centres (formerly The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of New Zealand) is a charitable trust that provides outdoor education primarily to young people. Hillary Outdoors came to Utopia with a number of key objectives in upgrading their website. This included migration to an upgraded platform and rebranding the entire site. After initial discussions a plan ... more »


Legal and Medical Transcriptions

By Michael Baxter / 13 October 2014

Many of today's businesses build a website and brand based on their initial customer market. Over the years this can change and new opportunities open up. This happened for Purple Giraffe who came to Utopia to setup a new venture for Legal and Medical Transcriptions . The new website was to target the two specific markets and provide a fresh and modern take on Purple Giraffe's service offerin... more »


Going on a road trip

By Michael Baxter / 26 July 2014

Forbes and Davies are New Zealand's leading importer of Motorcycle and ATV tyres, clothing, helmets and accessories. Their website was linked to a specialist stock management platform which in turn incurred ongoing monthly costs. Forbes and Davies came to Utopia looking for a solution to cut these costs and provide improved functionality for their New Zealand wide network of dealers. Utopia ... more »


Going with the flow

By Michael Baxter / 31 March 2014

The W2O Investigation Trust was referred to Utopia by a long standing business partner. The Trust required an urgent website for their organisation as it went about communicating with stakeholders about its proposed irrigation scheme in the North Waikato. The client briefed us on their requirements and more importantly the issue of urgency.  We did not want this to impact on the quality of the d... more »


Be responsive

By Michael Baxter / 12 March 2014

Web site design used to be so simple. All you had to do was make sure your website could be viewed properly on a Mac and a PC, and you were set. Now websites are viewed on all kinds of devices, from smart phones to big LED screens, and everything in between. If you want to make sure your current and potential customers can properly view, navigate, and use your website, you need to make sure it in... more »


Need a service?

By Michael Baxter / 8 July 2013

Service King came to Utopia for the implementation of a new website to promote their residential and commercial cleaning company. The complete solution required e-commerce and back-office integration to Simpro - a job management system. The overall objective for the implementation included: Automated updating of service details Quoting system for Service King technicians Customer p... more »


Do you need Unique Services?

By Michael Baxter / 19 May 2013

Unique Services provide a diverse range of industrial cleaning and painting services. We met them at a recent Auckland Chamber of Commerce networking event and discussed their web site performance and the problems they had updating the website with new content. We discussed with Noel and Robyn ways of putting their existing website into a Content Management System and getting it prepared for s... more »


NZ Aviation News

By Michael Baxter / 21 February 2013

New Zealand Aviation News is a magazine which commenced publication in 1978. It remains New Zealand’s only aviation newspaper. As with all media they had a website to support the publication. However, it did not support online digital subscriptions or a Content Management System. AMG Design came to Utopia with the vision to move the existing website design into a CMS and provide e-commerce f... more »


O'Rourke Bros

By Michael Baxter / 28 January 2013

O’Rourke Bros at Pleasant Point in South Canterbury is a 2nd generation taxidermy business that has been producing top quality trophy taxidermy for over 55 years. This family business was shifting focus back to its roots and came to Utopia for a solution in upgrading its existing, tired website. Utopia produced two designs that projected a compelling image for the business - including the cr... more »


Selecting a CMS

By Michael Baxter / 15 January 2013

While going through the design phase for a website many wonder which content management system (CMS) is the best choice to use. Here’s a look at the most widely-used ones. All are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands. Not only are they free to download and use, but the open-source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support... more »


You Can Sew website launched

By Michael Baxter / 16 November 2012

You Can Sew is a unique company providing DVDs, patterns and video downloads on how to sew. As the product was being finalised, Utopia worked with You Can Sew to build up a requirement specification and implementation plan for their new web site. After completing some website designs Utopia implemented the site with some amazing features: Browsing of products Viewing sample videos -... more »


Mercy Radiology website launched

By Michael Baxter / 6 November 2012

Mercy Radiology has been providing radiology services to the greater Auckland region for more than 25 years. Their existing website was looking a bit tired and they needed a stronger image to portray to the community. Laroche Design created the new website and needed someone to implement it into a working CMS system.  Utopia was approached to provide these services as well as guidance on aspe... more »


Ride the waves

By Michael Baxter / 3 July 2012

Westhaven Marine came to Utopia as they were having difficulty getting their existing website updated. Apart from taking a long time to get updated it was also becoming costly and frustrating. What they needed was the website loaded into a Content Management System so their own staff could maintain it. Utopia launched into the project and began by duplicating the existing site’s layout. Fr... more »


Heat and Cool

By Michael Baxter / 9 March 2012

Heat and Cool came to Utopia as they needed a new website – one designed so they could manage the content themselves. They also wanted to increase enquiries through the site. In two weeks Utopia completed the project which started with designing the new site to match the business' branding. Once complete the site was implemented in Utopia's Content Management System (CMS) to provide Heat a... more »


Get a career not a job

By Michael Baxter / 3 February 2012

Utopia works with many web designers in implementing complex back-office systems. Transformer Design , a design company in Auckland, is a perfect example. Transformer came to Utopia with a simple brief from their client, “Provide a management tool for managing ongoing conferences up and down the country”. The clients’ conferences are run yearly , in all the major centres, and provide thos... more »