App Development & Digital Interfaces

We help clients create authentic brand experiences.

We help clients create authentic brand experiences that allow their customers to do something amazing in the real world.​

We’ve launched hundreds of consumer-facing digital experiences, including the development of iOS and Android mobile apps over the years, and continue to support some of the biggest and most successful products in New Zealand. An outstanding customer experience is the key to the best brand experiences.

How can we help?

Digital Product Strategy

We’re here to help our clients better understand their markets and define digital strategies that set them up for success. We’ll help to validate your ideas, establish your Product Strategy, and create a digital roadmap to help you get to market fast.

User Experience & Product Design

We’re known for making the complex feel simple through the use of elegant design. Our human-centered design approach means we always put your users at the heart of every solution we produce. We also LOVE to bring our work to life with playful animations and subtle touches to set our products above the competition. 

Mobile App Development

There’s a reason why PaperKite has been successful over the years. And that’s our love and belief in mobile since the very start. This passion is why we’ve earned the reputation for being the best mobile app developers in New Zealand. Mobile App Development is part of our DNA.

Web Applications & API Development

We have built custom web solutions for a number of our clients – whether that is consumer facing experiences, or supporting dashboards and admin portals. We build robust and secure APIs to help you simplify all your information into one clean location.

Support & Optimisation

Digital products are not one-off initiatives. Once you’ve released them to the world, you need to keep them current and relevant! The most successful digital products in the market are treated as assets that need ongoing investment. That’s where we can help. We’ve supported a number of high-profile products in the market, and work closely with our clients to continue to develop and optimise them over time.

Mobile App Audit

Got an existing mobile app that isn’t performing? A PaperKite App Audit will assess the user experience, technical implementation, and business impact of your mobile app – and help you identify how you can make the most of digital.

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The MVP Approach

MVP’s (or minimum viable products) are often thought of as something you build once. But we believe products need to be iterative. And that means starting small and building from there. 

We’ve learnt that sometimes projects fail because they try to deliver everything all at once.

But an MVP mindset challenges you to only build what is really important and necessary. Work as fast as you can and learn from every release and you will find that maybe you don’t need to build the product you thought you did.

We use the skateboard diagram above to illustrate this mindset. You think your end game is to build a car to transport yourself from A to B. But building all the parts required is going to take a long time. It’s only once you’ve built the entire solution that you can actually get from A to B. Whereas if you build the smallest possible solution – the skateboard – you’ve now invested far less time and effort but have a viable way to get from A to B. 

And you may actually find that your users are satisfied with just the skateboard. Or you may realise that you don’t need a skateboard or a land vehicle at all, but a boat! Either way, you’ve saved yourself valuable time and budget by not trying to build that car from the start. And that’s why we will always work in an MVP mindset.

Native vs Cross-platform app development

Why build a native app?

Native apps are built for specific platforms and are written in languages that the platform accepts. Both Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) provide app developers with their own development tools, interface elements, and SDK.

A native app offers a great user experience, better performance and accessibility, delivering a more personalised product which is why PaperKite have historically specialised in this area.

Why build a progressive web app?

Progressive web apps (PWA’s) are built to run inside a web browser and are hosted in a server using the same technology used in websites.

A PWA can be straightforward and quick to build. PWA’s need to be kept very simple and don’t offer the same features a native app can deliver. When it comes to mobile app development, you need to be clear about the features you want to deliver to users.

Why build a hybrid app?

A hybrid app is a combination of a native app and a web app. Hybrid apps don’t need a web browser because they use a native shell to run. This shell can be a webview or an app engine inside a native application.

Hybrid apps have access to a device’s internal APIs and device hardware and only one codebase is needed. However the key is to keep any customisation to a minimum otherwise you lose the benefits hybrid apps have to offer.

Check out some of our latest work

Privacy by Design

We take data privacy and security seriously. In all the work we undertake, privacy and security of end users is a primary consideration. One of our recent app developments was the privacy-first digital solution for Covid-19 contact tracing, Rippl

Awarded the Privacy Trust Mark in June 2020, Rippl is a key example of our commitment to managing personal information in a way that instills trust and confidence in our users. Customer trust is an increasing issue for many of our clients, and our privacy by design approach ensures we overcome this in the digital solutions we create every day.  

PaperKite has two Privacy Officers responsible for maintaining and upholding data security and privacy at PaperKite, and complying with the New Zealand Privacy Act 2020. If you suspect a breach of information has occurred, or information we hold is incorrect or out of date, please contact [email protected]. Our Privacy Policy  is available on our website.

Agile Squads

A self-organizing team has the ability to establish their own methodology or way of working together. That specific methodology should be built on top of a shared set of values and principles. 

The key idea here is the team is able to craft their way of working that accounts for their context, their collective skill sets, the nature of work they are trying to do while considering any valid organizational constraints.

Social connections:

Time together, talking, working together, common ground, understanding each others skills

Diverse knowledge:

Recognition of each role team members occupy to deliver against goals - and can learn from each other


Willingness to coach and learn from each other, to be better; to question status quo, avoid group think


Helping each other/removing bottlenecks (builds trust between team members) to create velocity

Agile rituals:

retros, showcase, grooming, sizing sessions to confirm goals - time together means more trust

Clear goals:

Team consensus on specific project problems and consensus driven decision making to achieve these (see Agile rituals) 

Nothing is perfect:

Knowing things can go wrong and planning for it; Team devised and Agreed conflict resolution processes

Remove bottlenecks:

One clear leader/decision maker, removing silos within organisation to build team focus

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