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E-Government web design

We’ve been building public sector websites for nearly a decade.

Over time the E-Government guidelines have evolved, but our approach has remained unchanged: creating solutions that balance the needs of stakeholders and the resources available to project sponsors.

Ensuring equal access

We understand that making web content accessible and designing using web standards provide the foundation for creating an effective communications channel or online service.

We are experienced in implementing the New Zealand Government Web Standards and Recommendations, from website design and CMS implementation through to HTML/CSS webpage template design and site audits.

In a survey of New Zealand Government websites carried out by the Office for Disability Issues, Motive’s work has been recognised with two citations in the category of Best E-Government website; for Skillnz and Reduce Your Rubbish.

This website could be used as a model for all the government websites. It has everything. It’s eye-catching; has clearly visible labelled links; has clear informative, easily readable text; and gets its message across in as few words as possible.
Source: Bridging the Digital Divide: Overall findings

Information structure and design

Our usability services enable you to make informed decisions about how to structure your website.

We can also evaluate your current website and make recommendations on how to fine-tune content presentation and improve information scent.

Web style

Tip: Understanding markup

HTML markup provides instructions to the software used for viewing webpages (web browser) on how a page should look and work.
Find out more about markup.

As an agency moves to using a content management system (CMS), or brings website administration in-house, formalising web maintenance practices becomes more important.

One way that we make things easier, is to create a markup reference: a guide to marking-up content for the web. This provides a bridge between print documents and how they are republished online.

We can also provide website maintenance training: ranging from the basics of HTML markup, through to working with tables and images.

Next steps

Want to find our how we’ve worked with our public sector clients?
Take a look at our E-Government case studies.
To arrange a meeting to discuss how we can work with you.
Contact Andy Kirkwood.

Case studies

Examples of how we’ve worked with our public sector clients.

New Zealand Parliament usability evaluation

New Zealand Parliament usability evaluation

Web link: We conducted usability evaluation on the New Zealand Parliament website and intranet.

Science IS

Case study: The Science IS website is a professional development tool for New Zealand science teachers. It provides new approaches to science learning and teaching.


Case study: Skillnz is a joint initiative of the New Zealand government and industry and trade organisations to raise awareness of workplace learning programmes.

E-Government services

Our E-Government services include:

  • usability evaluation
  • information architecture
  • online surveys
  • web application development
  • webpage design
  • standards compliant HTML/CSS templates
  • E-Government compliant markup/content loading
  • E-Government compliance audit
  • web maintenance training

Our public sector clients

We’ve worked with agencies including:

  • The Treasury
  • New Zealand Parliamentary Service
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Ministry of Education
  • ERMA New Zealand
  • Crown Minerals
  • Ministry of Economic Development
  • Foundation for Research, Science and Technology