We are a small digital agency working with clients in New Zealand and London, UK. We love being involved in the digital revolution that is transforming our world. At McGovern we believe in planning what to build before we build it, and delivering the best outcome to you, the client––while keeping things as simple as possible.


McGovern History

McGovern Online is one of New Zealand’s longest established web companies, founded by Paul Reynolds and Helen Smith in 1995. Paul's profound grasp of the Internet and the social, economic, political and technological implications of online development made him one of New Zealand's most prominent and respected commentators on topics of information access and technological change. Sadly, Paul passed away suddenly in 2010. He is much missed. Some of the many tributes to him can be read here.

McGovern has worked on a wide range of projects including Intranets, Content Management Systems, blogs and websites. Our clients have ranged from small single person businesses such as well known media personality Janet Wilson to top legal firm Russell McVeagh. In fact Russell McVeagh was our very first client in 1995. We are delighted that we are still working together.


User Experience Design (UX) and Process

We pride ourselves on our expertise in a number of key areas.
These include user centred interaction design, strong information architecture, and first class editorial and content management. Working in close communication with clients, we always follow a design process that focuses on the needs of the user.


Specialists in websites for cultural institutions and legal firms.

Our clients are many and varied, but we have developed a strong specialty in the arts, heritage and cultural sector, especially art galleries, museums, and libraries. We also have long experience working with law firms. Recently launched projects include websites for McCahon House Museum and Artists' Residency, Bankside Chambers and Russell McVeagh, one of the "big three" New Zealand law firms.

Would you like to know more? Here is how to contact us. We begin every new project with a conversation. There is no obligation and all communications are confidential.
"Thanks for the huge contribution you've made to us at CCL and beyond. Thanks also for being the answer to many of our questions before we even asked them."

John Truesdale
Former Manager Digital Services,
Christchurch City Libraries


What we do

  • Website expert reviews
  • User experience design (UX)
  • Visual interface design
  • Website development
  • Content Management Systems
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO)
  • Project Management

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