Photo of Windrush paddock, Hapua

About

Windrush Design

Windrush Design is a web agency near Masterton delivering exceptional websites and web apps for people from Wairarapa and Lake Taupo.

We work with a wide variety of clients including tourism businesses, ski clubs, farmers, caterers, photographers, authors, museums and charitable trusts. We’ll take the time to meet with you and listen carefully to what you want to achieve so that we can tailor our work to your needs. We have a focus on performance and simplicity, which means developing custom solutions and avoiding templates or website builders like Squarespace or Wix.

Windrush Design also provides web hosting, domain names, email addresses, search engine optimisation and email marketing. We provide ongoing support, aiming for a long term working relationship.

Photo of Michael Birch

Michael Birch

I grew up on a Wairarapa hill country farm, which fostered an innovative and practical approach to problem solving. I have an Engineering degree (BE Agric) and I enjoy learning how technology can help in our lives and businesses today.

In the eighties and nineties I worked in adventure tourism and owned my own business in Taupo. In 1997, the web was emerging as a marketing tool for tourism and I made a website for my business. I became a webmaster — the name for someone who did all aspects of development, design and upkeep of a website.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein

Requests from business associates to design their websites soon followed. By 2001, I was working full time building websites for tourism businesses. In 2002, Thomas Schwarz and I formed OK Computer. During this time I was the lead developer for lovemarks.com for Kevin Roberts. In 2008, Anthea and I moved back to the Wairarapa and started Windrush Design. Anthea is a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and provides design critique and guidance. I have remained a web generalist and continue to learn and acquire new skills.

Detail from a survey map dated June 1935, showing Windrush.
Detail from a survey map dated June 1935, showing Windrush.

Windrush

My grandfather purchased our farm in 1925 and named the paddocks after places in the Cotswolds near his grandfather’s home, including the village of Windrush. I’m fortunate to work from home and the name “Windrush” embodies my connection with this special place and my family history.