Meet the team

Meet Sam and Helayna, the dynamic duo behind SANA Creative Studio. Our journey kicked off at AUT University, where we both bagged our Bachelor of Graphic Design degrees in 2015. Fast forward a bit, and we’ve each clocked up oodles of design know-how, dabbling in everything from nifty print work to snazzy digital marketing for both the big fish and the small fry in the agency pond.

Why are we the bees’ knees in branding, custom websites, and marketing strategies? Well, we’ve been there, done that, and got the T-shirt when it comes to the head-scratching world of online business marketing. 

With a whopping 20 years of combined experience in marketing and design, we’re not just winging it – we know our stuff. We’re all about crafting strategies that fit your business like a glove.

But here’s the real cherry on top: We’re big on clear, no-nonsense communication. Our goal is to boost your leads and sales so your business can soar online, while you stick to what you excel at. Let’s make some magic happen!

Sam Ewen

Graphic Designer + Marketing mastermind

Helayna Whitehead

Website Developer + Social Media Manager

Sam Ewen

Graphic Designer  |  Marketing Mastermind

Q: How do you like to spend your weekends?

A: Uplugged. Hanging out with all my rescue animals and enjoying the tranquility of rural living.

Q: Share one tech hack or tool that makes your workday smoother:

A: Reminders. I use Siri to set reminders and create lists of what I need to get done. Each morning I reference my Reminders app to build my daily to-do list. 

Q: What’s one sustainable practice you’ve adopted in your daily routine?

A: I’ve started using lawn clippings as mulch for the garden, free nitrogen amendment and saves our precious tank water!

Q: Favourite Sunday beer spot?

A: Gotta love Wood St Pizzeria in Mangawhai! Bomb curly fries and dog friendly.

Q: How do you like to give back to your community?

A: Volunteering at the Paparoa community garden and supporting local growers at the Saturday markets.

Helayna Whitehead

Website Developer  |  Marketing Mastermind

Q: How do you like to spend your weekends?

A: Exploring new beach spots with my family has become a frequent activity!

Q: Share one tech hack or tool that makes your workday smoother:

A: We use Notion as our project management tool, and being able to plan my day with to-do lists and collabrate on the progress of client projects has been a game changer.

Q: What’s one sustainable practice you’ve adopted in your daily routine?

A: I’ve been using beeswax wraps and I’ll never go back to plastic wrap! A bit late to the party but better late than never, right?

Q: Favourite Sunday beer spot?

A: The Matakana Village Pub for live music, beers and a good pub grub.

Q: How do you like to give back to your community?

A: Local Op shop drops have become a frequent ritual as our daughter grows out of her toys and clothes. 

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