Punctuate; to provide emphasis, to underline and give force to. We harness these to give our customers unparalleled momentum.

Our company exists because, very simply, we love what we do. We truly take the time to sit with our clients and understand the needs of their business, whether its a start-up or an established business.

We work in a wide variety of industries including digital cinema, medical, education, construction, retail, food, event planning and entertainment, all of which gives us a unique perspective on the world we live and work in.

Dynamic, Passionate and Experienced

We are a small Auckland based design studio that specialises in creating bespoke digital products for small and medium-sized businesses, both here in New Zealand and internationally. We love meeting new people, hearing about their journeys and how they got to where they are today. We take the time to listen and to understand the needs of the business so that we can craft the perfect product to fit to those unique needs. We are creative problem solvers with a digital toolbox and we design and build responsive websites, web apps, mobile apps, craft identity and deliver sustainable strategies to help businesses win.

We put a lot of emphasis on building long term client relationships and value the bonds that we create with each and every client. Our work involves finding innovative solutions to client needs so they can meet the needs of their clients in a demanding and competitive market. 

Punctuate logo design
Punctuate logo design
Punctuate book

Our People

Dan Hawes

Dan Hawes

Trained in Product Design and Manufacture in the UK, Dan has been in the design industry for over two decades. His journey into the world of digital product design may well have been written in the stars because of his natural ability to understand both the creative and technical aspects of the industry. He has worked with clients from all over the world consistently delivering innovative digital solutions for clients in a wide variety of industries.

Dan moved to New Zealand in 2011 to be with Nadia, and shortly after they were married. Together they founded Punctuate in 2012. Fast forward to today where they have a 5 year old boy, Mark, who keeps them fully entertained when they are not busy creating amazing digital products.

Nadia Hawes

Nadia Hawes

Nadia has a background in Education and taught for 16 years in schools across Auckland. After having a baby and enjoying a little time away from teaching, she decided to turn a maternity break into a career change. Nadia is responsible for managing the marketing for the company as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office.

Nadia is often the first point of contact for clients and enjoys learning about new companies and industries.


"Everything from stakeholder engagement, refining the UX and transitioning to a new content management system was well planned and executed."

Jono Wyeth Deputy Principal, Green Bay High School

"I feel like I have a technical team that gets me and because of their expertise my business has grown in incredible ways. They are absolutely invaluable."

Trine Eich-Koehn, Reiki Wellness Meditation Centre

"Working with the Punctuate NZ team is a wonderful experience, not only can they supply amazing insight into a product website/application, that brings a truly excellent customer experience, they have extensive knowledge of what is possible."

Brent Watson, CTO, Bel Air Cinema

"We love the team at Punctuate. They are friendly, knowledgeable and work to be partners in the journey with you. Such great listeners, they take your ideas and elevate them to another level with their online expertise."

Jennie Chatfield, Causerie

"Dan is a tremendous asset as he is; accountable and personable with a superior work ethic and highly skilled, and I would recommend him without a reservation."

Alex Milich, Deputy Principal, Green Bay School

"Punctuate genuinely took the time to understand who we are as a community, what drives us and what we value when bringing our vision to fruition."

The Across CoL Team, Kōtuitui

"The end product was of a very high standard and shares and showcases off our school really well. I also enjoyed the support during and after the development of the website."

Jacob Prisk, Deputy Principal, Glen Eden Intermediate School

"We found Dan to be very knowledgeable, reliable and practical as he solved problem after problem in his unflappable and cheerful manner."

Warren and Pam Childs, Dentalworks

"Being half way across the world, Dan in New Zealand, myself in the UK, made no difference to Punctuate producing a great website, exactly to brief."

Jo Nelstrop, Abbey Farm Weddings

"We would highly recommend the team at Punctuate and would use them again without hesitation."

Kina Percy, Barrier View Lodge

"I recommend Punctuate in terms of the quality of services and they consistently meet my expectations and exceed them."

Kirstin Prince, Director, KAP Consultancy

"Punctuate always manages to capture what I want for a brands’ identity, website, brochure or advert and has turned ’bedroom business brands’ into those well-known within the industry we operate in."

Simon Tandy, Business Development Manager, Motion Picture Solutions

"Dan is diligent, reliable and blessed with an ability to explain things to the non-technical. I can’t imagine working with anyone else."

Jeffrey Cleaver, Silver Pear Weddings

"Punctuate took my vague ideas and came back with a new, freshly designed website which fitted in perfectly with my business."

Charles Willmer, Friars Court

Recent Work