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We're currently on the hunt for a Designer/Front End Developer - see details at the bottom of this page.
Communica invests in talent and if you think you can cut it with the best we'd love to hear from you.
No agents or outsourcing companies please - we do our best work in-house. :)

Amber Wason

Amber

Project Management Creative Lead

Although a pure creative at heart, Amber advocates well defined content structure as the backbone to a great website.

This means guiding your project through a process of User Journeys, Analytics Research, Site Maps and Wireframes before creating the responsive design which further enhances that user experience.

She's great at understanding client needs and will act as an effective conduit between you and the development team.

Gareth Hall

Gareth

Senior Developer Architect

Mixing the right business logic with the right technology solution takes a great decision maker with years of experience.

Gareth has these attributes in spades and makes a fantastic lead developer well known in the Auckland Drupal community.

When he's not presenting at Drupal meetup or contributing modules back to the community, Gareth is our lead architect, responsible for budget estimates and technology solutions.

Personne

Designer / Front End Developer Needed!

In this role, you will be responsible for creating fresh, unique designs and coding them into engaging interfaces for our clients. Make sure you show us both your design talent and clean code!

Reporting to our lead dev for any technical assistance, you’ll regularly liaise with our back end developers and project managers to achieve your goals.

Essential skills:
• Design & UX skills.
• 3+ years theming.
• HTML5, CSS, LESS or SASS.
• Javascript and related frameworks.

Would be a plus:
• React, Drupal or Twig
• Agile, Drush or Version Control
• Ability to write custom modules
• Ability to write functional or unit tests

To apply, supply your best design and code samples to hello@communica.co.nz. We review CV's manually so you will only be contacted if your skills & experience meet our requirements. Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Ben

Project Manager / SEO

An unflinching client advocate, Ben works to translate your needs to the developer team, and follows up to make sure everything happens as it should.

With 15yrs+ coding experience, specialising in Drupal, he brings more than the usual technical expertise to the role of project manager.

Balanced with the analytical skills necessary to drill down to the business need underlying a request, Ben is the perfect guy to have in your corner on a project.

Irina

Project Manager

The freshest face on our project management team, Irina brings a near boundless energy and enthusiasm to her projects. 

Passionate about business and systems analysis, she works to find the need at the heart of client requests, and gets great satisfaction from delivering quality work. 

She stands in our clients' shoes, and makes sure we get the right outcomes on time and budget.  

Sunny

Designer & Front End Developer

An experienced and creative web designer/developer, Sunny brings a wealth of skills to the Communica team, with 10 years of design and 6 years coding. 

She loves drilling down to what a client wants to achieve with the design, and lifting a project beyond what they thought was possible.

Ivan Liaskov

Ivan

Back End Developer

An excellent all round PHP developer with masters in Mathematics and Programming and firm grounding in agile development.

Ivan is a mature developer bringing thoughtfulness and creativity to the code he writes.

By breaking tasks down, no problem is insurmountable and we love his “can do” attitude.

Luckily, there’s always a variety of challenges at Communica to keep him on his toes!

Heather Gaye

Heather

Back End Developer

A back-end dev with heaps of experience in Drupal, Laravel and other frameworks, Heather loves getting into the nuts-and-bolts of complex builds.

She excels at self management and often works off the sniff of a brief to bring full functionality to an otherwise lifeless project.

Female developers can be as rare as hens teeth to hire. Communica is stoked to gain her perspective on core application logic as well as benefit from her all round talent.

Gonzalo

Back End Developer

Gonzalo is a senior developer with years of experience developing in Laravel and PHP in general.

He's a great guy to laugh with and excels at interpreting customer needs - turning suggestions into well engineered code.

Navkar More

Navkar

Test Engineer

Navkar is our Test Engineer (ISTQB Certified - Foundation Level).

Her integration, functional and regression testing skills using Cypress have been immensely valuable and show positive improvements to the quality of our software.

Navkar works closely with our developers identifying and capturing test cases, ensuring version management and ironing out any bugs in the product. There's a common saying in the IT industry that behind every successful software is a careful Testing Engineer.

Meeka Accounts Manager

Meeka

Accounts Manager

Meeka is the glue keeping all our accounts in line and payments on time. Without Meeka at Communica it quickly turns to hell in a hand basket.

If you have any queries regarding invoices or account updates she's your woman.

What people are saying

The Better Half Wines

The Better Half Wines are a tongue-in-cheek reference to the friendly rivalry between husband-and-wife winemakers – George and Jules. Based in Marlborough, The Better Half Wines are a tribute to all those couples who dare to dream big and fly high.

George Elworthy, Owner

Following a successful migration to Shopify for the Jules Taylor Wines website, we then asked Communica to build us a very cost effective new website for another label, The Better Half Wines. The brief here was quite different: a minimalist design and a modern, responsive, easy to use and easy to manage website. Communica nailed the brief, building the website on Wordpress. We appreciate that they were able to provide different solutions that were structured to meet the different needs of these two brands. 

Jules Taylor Wines

From Marlborough, Jules Taylor is winner of Gourmet Traveller Magazine's NZ Winemaker of the Year 2021. Her boutique vintages are enjoyed in NZ and around the globe. 

Katy Prescott, Marketing Manager

The Communica team have been an expert strategic and technical partner to Jules Taylor Wines, advising on and executing all aspects of our website and digital marketing strategy. They seamlessly migrated the Jules Taylor website including all historic data to a new platform on time with no disruption or obvious impact on our visitors. The new site is better optimised for sales, provides better analytics and insights into our business, and is better integrated with our other digital marketing tools. Since implementing these changes we have seen our online sales increase dramatically.

First Light Travel

First Light Travel is owned and operated by Brent Narbey and Nigel Williamson. Adventurers themselves, with more than a few travel stories of their own, they know the ins and outs of travelling both in New Zealand and around the globe. 

Brent Narby, Director First Light Travel

Communica has a been a great digital partner over the years. I feel they really get what makes our business tick - both from a marketing and sales as well as a business viability perspective. Their insights have helped guide our technology decisions and strengthen our offering in the online marketplace.

Youthtown

Nationally operated non-profit, providing programmes and learning opportunities for children and young people 5-18 years old.

Fay Amaral, CEO Youthtown

It was a pleasure working with Amber and Ben on the refresh and redesign of the Youthtown Website, it is a giant leap forward from what it was and we have had some awesome feedback! Thanks so much!

Orchid Systems

Orchid Systems are a trusted provider of plugins to extend and enhance the Sage 300 ERP system. Based in Australia, their plugins are used by over 6000 companies across the world, and they're a Sage Gold Development Partner. 

Nathalie, Orchid Systems

Thanks for the great work on our website revamp. We appreciate the look and feel, but even more importantly for my role as a consultant, we send links daily to partners in answer to their questions. Next step, teach them to look on the website first

The Health Media

The Health Media is the proud publisher of New Zealand Doctor | Rata Aotearoa and Pharmacy Today | Kaitiaki  Rongoā O Te Wā, the Healthcare Handbook, Everybody Patient Information Sheets and The Roster Te Rārangi.

Barbara Fountain, The Health Media director and managing editor

I have enjoyed working with Communica from day one and that is not something you can say about all website development relationships. Right from the start of our working relationship, Amber and Gareth have understood what getting it right first time means for a small business. I was able to talk directly with the developers and received great feedback on what was possible, what might be possible but not a good idea, and what just straight out wasn’t going to work. They have an appreciation that time is money and try not to waste either.

Daikin New Zealand

One of New Zealand's most trusted names in heat pumps and air conditioning, Daikin supplies heating and cooling solutions to homes, businesses, and community projects across New Zealand.

The team at Communica are experts in Drupal and really know their stuff. They’ve done a brilliant job at redesigning our sites and always have plenty of suggestions on how we can improve the user experience.

Miles from Moatrek

Moa Trek showcases the best of New Zealand to discerning travellers through tailored small group tours.

Miles Clark, Moa Trek Director

I have been working closely with Communica over the last 18 months in order give MoaTrek the strongest online presence in our particular area of New Zealand Small Group Tours. Communica are responsive, solution based and understand the requirements of New Zealand tour business that wishes to pursue online sales for all future growth