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We’re a creative consultancy providing social communications and digital solutions.
We specialise in working for clients and on projects in the areas of sustainability, social justice, education, culture and the arts.
We have 10 years experience working with diverse clients; developing communications strategy, branding, promotions, publication and display; producing online and digital solutions; and facilitating design research.
Find out more about what we do.

Email us at hello@biote.net


Justin Westgate – creative director

Justin has specialised experience working on social communications projects alongside more traditional design and promotion. Versed in a wide range of media, from print, branding and promotions, to web, multimedia, photography and digital video, his design practice has focused on dealing with social, environmental and cultural issues.

In New Zealand he’s worked for a wide range of clients, from local government, government-funded agencies to NGOs, health promotion agencies and arts and culture organisations. In the UK he acted as design and production manager for international development agency Christian Aid, and has worked in communication design roles in Australia and Ireland.

He has been actively involved with organisations and networks promoting social justice and sustainability, (including 350 Aotearoa, Intersect NZ, Global Climate Change Week) as well as working in community youth development as a counsellor and performance educator.

He has served as a lecturer and examiner across a number of university design programmes in both New Zealand and Australia. He holds a postgraduate degree in communication design, as well as a BA in sociology/anthropology and an MA in cultural geography.


Stuart Sontier – technical director

Stuart Sontier – technical director, bioteStuart is a trained electronics engineer and photographer, and manages the technical development of projects.

Well versed in both commercial and open-source web development technologies, Stuart has been developing web and database applications since 1995. Along with ASP and PHP, various database engines, and leading web servers, he has experience with open-source software such as Joomla CMS, virtueMart and osCommerce e-commerce systems, WordPress and Blogger, and SMF Forum.

Working as a photographer, Stuart’s work has focused on cultural and indigenous issues. He has been a participant and documentor of a number of Hikoi, and has documented and written about Maori and Pasifika cultural arts. His work in Indonesia investigated traditional arts as well as investigating the notion of ‘cultural portrait’ within a globally knowledgeable society.

Stuart has been actively involved with organisations focused on social justice issues and arts promotion. As an active member of PhotoForum over the last 13 years he instigated the development of their website, a comprehensive portal for the NZ photographic community. He was instrumental in establishing the aid group Computers for East Timor, and has been involved with multiple of Amnesty International campaigns.

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