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Success story :: HR for busy people

By Michael Baxter / 9 June 2021

uReview offers employers and employees an online application that captures the important components of performance management right across the business. Utopia already manages the HR solution for their customers. As part of an extensive upgrade, the marketing website needed improvement so business owner Angeline contacted us.


Success story :: What’s happening in the Pacific?

By Michael Baxter / 17 May 2021

Cook Islands News is a national newspaper with the latest news from Rarotonga and the Pa Enua (outer islands). They were needing an upgrade to their old, insecure website. The old site contained over 60,000 news articles and was hard to manage. Utopia worked with local specialist Raro IT Solutions Ltd to create the new website. 


Success story :: What a view

By Michael Baxter / 5 May 2021

McHugh’s of Cheltenham specialises in weddings and corporate events and has a fully licenced restaurant. Business owner Raj came to Utopia for an upgrade to their existing website. A Content Management System (CMS) was also required so Raj could easily update the site, including the gallery, menus and reviews. 


Success story :: Fond memories

By Michael Baxter / 2 March 2021

Northwest Funerals is based in Kumeu, and offers funeral services that cover the Northwest region of Auckland. Business owners Aimay and Darrin came to Utopia needing a website to showcase their services.


Success story :: Your home is your castle

By Michael Baxter / 15 February 2021

Maria Santayana is a real estate agent for Harcourts Northwest Realty. She came to Utopia wanting an improved website to help promote her real estate agent skills. The site needed to showcase her talents and provide a blog and information about the communities she operates in. 


Success story :: Pick a pattern

By Michael Baxter / 3 February 2021

The Quilters Barn have the largest range of quilting fabrics in Marlborough and also stock wool, haberdashery, craft supplies and handmade gifts. Business owner Fiona contacted Utopia as her existing website was becoming hard to manage and was quite old.


Success story :: Keep the pests out

By Michael Baxter / 25 November 2020

Pest Norwest is a local professional operator based in Waimauku who will advise on the best treatment for your property. Business owner Craig came to Utopia needing a website to showcase their services.


Success story :: Flexible marketing

By Michael Baxter / 9 November 2020

Flex Marketing is a freelance marketing consultant offering digital marketing and content creation through to consulting and copywriting. Business owner Andie came to Utopia to look at upgrading her existing website. The existing site was working but needed an overall visual improvement and upgrade.


Success story :: Need new armour?

By Michael Baxter / 24 October 2020

Armour Safety is a leading wholesaler of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and high-quality safety products in 10 major categories. They were looking to upgrade their digital platforms. Utopia worked with a team that included Creative Agency Secrets and Convergence Ltd to bring this together.


Success story :: Time for a systems refresh

By Michael Baxter / 22 August 2020

Forbes & Davies is New Zealand's leading importer and wholesaler of motorcycle tyres, ATV tyres, ride apparel, helmets and accessories. They have a large website for the public to browse their products, and dealers can access product stock levels and place orders. Utopia built this solution some years ago, and we continue to support our client as they grow.


Success story :: Down to the playground

By Michael Baxter / 25 February 2020

Kohia Terrace School is a full primary, offering quality learning opportunities for Year 1 to Year 8 students. Utopia and Kohia Terrace School have a long-standing relationship with Utopia creating their old website and making updates as necessary.  School Principal Alison wanted a complete upgrade of their old website. 


Success story :: Time to move the earth

By Michael Baxter / 4 February 2020

KBL Earthmovers has been providing top-quality earthmoving services to our customers in the wider Auckland region for over 30 years. Business owner Kevin came to Utopia to get a new website to promote his earthmoving business. It needed to show their experience and huge range of services.


Success story :: Kiwi builders are the best

By Michael Baxter / 19 November 2019

Kiwi Made Builders specialise helping add value to homes with first class renovations. Owner Mike came to Utopia for a new website. He was booked-in to exhibit at a local trade show and the website would be used to capture visitor details and aid in follow-up after the show.


Success story :: How does your garden look?

By Michael Baxter / 4 November 2019

Garden Maintenance Professional Services Ltd provides top-quality garden maintenance and services to clients in West Auckland and the North Shore. Owner Mark came to Utopia needing a new website to match the new branding on his truck. 


Keep the pests away

By Michael Baxter / 30 August 2019

Central Pest Services is a family run business that has been trusted to get rid of domestic and commercial pest problems by Taupo locals for many years. Wendy contacted Utopia to upgrade their existing website.


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.


Is your website CMS up-to-date?

By Michael Baxter / 5 March 2019

Content Management Systems (CMS) are a critical component when creating and maintaining websites. These systems allow website owners to create and update content within a website without the need to understand technical programming like HTML, JavaScript and CSS. A CMS is just like any other piece of software, such as an anti-virus program, and it needs to be kept up-to-date to make sure it is ... more »


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 ... 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 »