So good to meet you, we are here to uplevel businesses with exceptional branding and website design.

If your current branding and website doesn’t quite meet the mark, we are your people. We’ll get your visual identity elevated and ready to embrace the next chapter of your business journey. We are passionate about design and delivering beautiful solutions that are simple and intuitive. We are more of the listening types than the talking types. When we work together we aim to get a golden understanding of your business without too much fuss. We offer practical advice and implementation for considerate new founders and existing business owners alike. We have vast experience across branding and web design process and can suggest best bang for buck strategies to get you on your way to creating the brand of your dreams.

Our name – “Paulownia”, comes from the lightweight, strong Paulownia wood. This natural material is often used to make furniture and surfboards and is used widely in Japan. It’s a straight, reliable and beautiful material that is really nice to work with. 😉

We are big listeners and deliver results with creativity, intuition & expertise.

Visionary approach

We have vast experience designing and marketing in a range of industries both in New Zealand and abroad. We understand the creative process and work with our clients to help them move towards their business goals. As we work through the creative process we aim to enrich our clients and share our knowledge to help them grow.


A results-driven approach means that you know that efforts to grow your brand are paying off. We take pride in exceeding expectations and will work with you to support your objectives.


We are focused on providing solutions for long-term business success. We advocate for corporate sustainability and are driven to build environmentally and socially aware brands. Walking the talk – we get a tonne of joy from the ocean and want to help make sure it’s well looked after. 1% of our revenue goes to Sustainable Coastlines, an epic group of New Zealanders who look after the coastlines and waterways we love.

Epic work starts with epic people.

Creative Director

Jamie founded Paulownia alongside partner Dale to provide creative services to businesses with epic values. Jamie’s background is in digital marketing and graphic design. She has vast experience leading projects previously as the:

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design.
Diploma of Business.

Graphic Designer

Hannah has a mix of graphic design experience across agency, in-house and freelance settings, and is passionate about helping local businesses look amazing and tell their story.

When she’s not at the computer creating, you’ll find her in the ocean swimming or surfing, out in the sun, or teaching yoga and pilates in Whangamatā.

Bachelor of Communication Design

Website and Graphic Designer

Sarah has over seven years of design experience, with a fresh and modern approach to all things design. With a passion for art and technology and a go-getter attitude, Sarah always goes the extra mile to produce beautiful work. Sarah has many years of experience designing logos, label design and branding, social media content, website design, and annual reports. Anything design, Sarah’s your go-to!

Graphic Designer

Shannen is our graphics guru. Savvy with visual content and illustration, Shan is an exceptionally skilled designer who works with clients to help them look their best. Shan has extensive experience working with clients in the fashion and creative industries.

Bachelor of Media Arts.


Dale is our product designer with the knack for crisp clean form and a philosophy around function over frills. He works across all facets of product design and collaborates with clients to reduce manufacturing costs and environmental impact whilst optimising processes and efficiency.

Dale brings a wealth of expertise to Paulownia, with a background in the international medical, automotive and marine industries, as well as experience developing textile, furniture, consumer products, and house and landscape design.

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

What the good folk who work with us say

Jamie has been an absolute magician to work with, her visionary approach and ability to listen to far reaching design elements is second to none. The studio is sustainability minded with all they do, which is particularly important for our website design.

Don’t miss out on working with one of the greats! Everything has been undertaken professionally and in good time. Highly recommend.

Pippa Coombes, Sustainable Waihi Beach

Jamie and the team at Paulownia have a great eye for design, they helped us get our website up and running, designed our signs and billboards. Very easy to work with I would highly recommend Paulownia!

Greg Oswald — Director, Oswald Homes Limited

Jamie and the team at Paulownia are a pleasure to deal with, they always deliver great work, in a timely manner.

Hamish Bourke, Founder, Rifters Gin