We are passionate about design and delivering beautiful solutions that are simple and intuitive. Our name – “Paulownia” comes from the lightweight and proportionally 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. 😉

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We deliver results with creativity, intuition & expertise.

Creative 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.

Results driven

A results-driven approach gives you peace of mind to 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.

Sustainability focused

We are focused on providing solutions for long-term business success. We are advocates for corporate sustainability and driven to build brands that are environmentally and socially aware.

Walking the talk – we get a tonne of joy from the ocean and want to help make sure its well looked after. 1% of our revenue goes to Sustainable Coastlines, an epic group of New Zealanders enabling people to look after the coastlines and waterways we love.

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Meet the crew


Jamie is our full-time designer and ecommerce consultant. Savvy in digital marketing, website and visual design, Jamie co-founded Paulownia alongside partner, Dale with the intention of providing creative services to businesses with similar values and philosophies.

Jamie’s background is in digital marketing and graphic design and has vast experience leading projects as the previous Marketing Team Leader for national franchise network, Jennian Homes. Before Paulownia, Jamie was Digital Consultant for New Zealand’s PR consultancy of the Year 2017 & 2018, Campbell Squared Communications.

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Diploma of Business


Hannah has a background in graphic design and illustration with a passion for all things design, ocean, and dog related. Which landed her in the sunny Bay of Plenty with a dog, by the ocean, doing design, needless to say she’s pretty stoked because of this. Hannah’s passion in design lays in crafting the perfect brand for your business no matter your size, and if she can sneak some illustration in there too, well you’re onto a winner. With over 10 years of experience you are in safe hands, Hannah would love you help you out with any of your design needs.

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Hons)


As our Website and Graphic Designer, Sarah has over 7 years 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 and produces beautiful work. Sarah has vast experience designing logos, label design and branding, social media content, website design and annual reports. Anything design, Sarah’s ya go to! We are super stoked to have her on the team.


Shannen is our social media and 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 vast experience working with clients in the fashion and creative industries and we feel very privileged to have her on our team.

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

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