Meet the Avoca Team

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Friendly, down-to-earth, caring.

Web developers and website strategy experts

We are a small family team of experienced and down-to-earth web developers. We care about the people we work with, the stories we share and the relationships we develop. We've been in business since 2006.

Nelson based, working globally.

Web developement agency proudly based in Nelson, New Zealand

Our home base is in sunny Whakatū (Nelson). We work with website design clients around the globe and throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand).

We're focused on freeing up our clients to do more of what they love. That means partnering with them, truly getting to know their business/organisation and designing bespoke solutions.

We've also part of an extended creative whānau that includes all the digital and marketing skills you might need.
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Meet the team at Avoca

We’re passionate about everything we do, including keeping a healthy balance in life. We believe in good, clear communication; great design; having a good time; slow food; living well; and getting into the great outdoors.

We also love supporting our community and we’re proud to be based here in Nelson, New Zealand, a truly beautiful part of the world.

Brendyn Montgomery

Chief Web Wrangler
Brendyn has worked as a website designer in Nelson since 2006. He's the web wrangler who loves exploring new technology and designing beautiful, fast websites. Alongside his design roles, Brendyn is a musician and teacher of Irish music (on flute and fiddle), with an M.A. in Irish music performance. He is a passionate trail runner and researcher of outdoor gear.

Jan Blythe

I do lotsa stuff :)
Jan began her career in web design in 2009. Her eclectic work history includes managing a successful Bed & Breakfast, working in publishing and as a computer user support person. Jan has a fine arts background (textiles) and a degree in Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy. She is a passionate waka ama paddler and has twice represented New Zealand at the World Waka Ama Sprints.

Our kaupapa

We imagine a world where vibrant community minded teams are delivering joyous experiences, life changing learning and new opportunities everyday, by reaching the right people at the right time.

Our core values

  • Take the time to really listen
  • Take care of the little details
  • Always be geniune and friendly
  • Celebrate everyone's successes
  • Explore problems & opportunities with an open mind
  • Look for the bigger picture and ask "why"
  • Use plain english terms like "the roundy roundy button" ????

A little history

Why the name Avoca?

Avoca Web Design was started at Castle Hill Village in Canterbury. Half an hour from Arthur's Pass, Castle Hill is a mountain paradise. The Avoca river flows through the next valley over and it is from here that the name was born. It's an alpine environment, a place of great natural beauty.

Brendyn moved to Nelson in 2006 and brought the business with him. Jan joined in the fun after also moving into the area. We've been kept here by the dual vistas of the mountains and the sea.
The Web Wrangler
The Graphics Nerd
The Wordsmith

Meet our creative whānau

We’re creative whānau—more than just partners or colleagues in the business space. We work as individuals but also together, bringing complementary skills and the strength of our shared kaupapa:

  • Manaakitanga — value for relationships, both new and existing, with clients and each other
  • Kaitiakitanga — treating all that’s entrusted to us with care and respect
  • Mahi tahi — working collaboratively, we and you, acknowledging our individual and collective expertise.

What we deliver

  • Richness and authenticity of brand story
  • A deep connection between you and your audience
  • Trust and the security of knowing our creative whānau has your back

Our wider team can help with:

  • Web Design
  • Website hosting and care
  • Copywriting
  • Content strategy
  • Branding and graphic design
  • Google adwords
  • Photography
  • Video

We regularly partner with:

Some projects our creative whanaū have collaborated on

The best results are often the result of close collobration with our creative partners. Here's some of the best recent examples.

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