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Office: 205 Durham Street (top floor)
Christchurch CBD 8011
PO Box 3871, Christchurch, NZ

Enquiries: 0800 30 8996
(03) 964 5305 - Reception
info@activatedesign.co.nz

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(03) 964 1106 - Support
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Activate Design Limited

About us

Welcome to Activate. We are a trusted, friendly and professional Christchurch Web Design and Graphic Design agency. We specialise designing and developing customised websites. We also provide a full suite of associated web-services. We have skilled graphic designers for logo and identity work. And we design and deliver professional print material.

We have been providing these services since 2003 for variety of businesses in Christchurch, throughout New Zealand and in Australia. Contact us today!

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Jon Tarr
Creative Director

Jon Tarr

Creative Director

Jon has been in the graphic design industry since 2003 after completing his Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Graphic Design. Firstly working in print and advertising design for ACP Media he then joined Activate as a designer in 2006. A few years later he somehow managed to wrestle the controls off his boss to take management of the company.

Jon's our creative director overseeing the design aspects of our projects. He is also our branding guy and handles all the branding and logo design work. He lives, breathes and eats logos. When he is not doing that he also likes riding his motorbike, boxing and playing video games on our arcade machine.

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Matt Mabley
Digital Director

Matt Mabley

Digital Director

Matt often arrives at work with coffees, and that's all we really care about. But for you, Matt is the guy to tell you all about websites, apps and all things digital. Matt has a substantial background in web project management for over 800 successful websites. He will develop and plan digital projects, keep tasks on schedule and manage hosting support for clients. He knows all the latest techniques and is adept in keeping down costs for the client as he has a personal vendetta towards companies over-charging.

Matt is pretty much happy if he is talking about websites. He can, and does, talk about websites all day. Matt also has a young family to manage in his spare time - he probably talks to them about websites as well.

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Rob Urquhart
Developer

Rob Urquhart

Developer

Robert is our website programmer. He is a 30-something white man with an irrelevant degree in Chemistry and a slightly relevant Diploma in e-Business support. He drives a Prius. Rob works with the standard array of PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript and MySQL. He hasn't touched Flash in a long time and intends it to stay that way.

In his spare time Rob enjoys playing TRPGs (Tabletop Roleplaying Games with real dice, paper, people and imagination). So it turns out that programmers do have an imagination!

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Chris Hay
SEO Specialist

Chris Hay

SEO Specialist

Chris is the inhouse digital marketing guru. Once the websites are built, Chris is the go-to guy for getting your site swamped with potential leads.

Chris specialises in SEO, Google AdWords and overall digital marketing strategy and has worked with many leading New Zealand and international brands.

Some trivia - Chris loves cats... However his girlfriend is as terrified of them as she is allergic to them... Therefore Chris no longer has cats. This makes him sad, but so long as he can bury his head in the latest digital marketing news, he'll be ok.

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Andi McLelland
Tech Support

Andi McLelland

Tech Support

Meet our Hosting and Tech Support Guru, Andi! Formerly a user experience tester for a music company, their passion for design and the web industry shines through. Starting with minimal background, they've embraced self-motivated learning and growth at Activate.

Andi brings a unique blend of creativity and problem-solving to the team. Dedicated to ensuring a smooth experience for those navigating web and tech processes, they're quick to respond with solutions.

Outside the tech realm, Andi enjoys all things creative, including painting, music, fashion, and more. Andi also has a delightful squish-faced cat, occasionally making a cameo as a placeholder image during website testing—rest assured, Andi's cat is meant to look like that!

Feel free to reach out to Andi anytime you need assistance. They'll provide a friendly and positive attitude to guide you through the web world!

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Saphi Berger
Developer

Saphi Berger

Developer

Saphi is our import from Germany, brings a positive attitude and a love of coding in PHP and Java. Our team has spent considerable time introducing her to the kiwi love of sarcastic humour and when to know we're joking (we're always joking).

Saphi is the outdoor type and loves anything to do with climbing and running (so far we've managed to avoid challenges with office-furniture-stack climbing and enthusiastic sprint laps of the staffroom), and even though she's a dedicated plant-based food enthusiast she won't work for peanuts (we tried).

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Frank Clausen
Developer

Frank Clausen

Developer

Meet Frank; a top-performing employee who consistently exceeds expectations. With his exceptional attention to detail and unparalleled organizational skills, he is the epitome of efficiency and effectiveness. Frank consistently demonstrates a can-do attitude and a willingness to take on new challenges, making him a valuable member of any team. His positive and approachable demeanor makes him a joy to work with, and his unwavering dedication to his job inspires those around him. Frank's creativity and innovative thinking often result in new, improved processes and procedures, making him an invaluable asset to the company. He truly embodies the characteristics of a great employee, making him a valuable and beloved member of the team.

Frank isn't so good at talking about himself though, this was all written by the artificial intelligence chatbot; ChatGPT.

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Dan Reis
Designer

Dan Reis

Designer

Dan has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and we reluctantly admit that he designs very smart, modern looking websites that we don’t want him getting a big head about. He has worked for award winning web design companies around the world, none of which we know about so we’ll believe it when we have the evidence.

He has created well over 1,500 websites in his 18 years of experience and several have won the iBest (Oscar of the Brazilian Internet), which sounds like bikini-clad brazilian beauties handing out mock awards but is actually quite legit. Dans creative talent certainly doesn't stop at websites, he is also an amazing sculptor, illustrator, and painter... and he would like to draw you, wearing that.