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Last updated 05:00 09/11/2010
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A Warkworth web design company has scored a coup.

Kudos Web has developed a website for the new Auckland Waterfront Development Agency.

But it only had four days to do it – a week sooner than expected – and at Labour Weekend to boot.

The website had to be running by October 25 , which is when Prime Minister John Key announced the temporary building The Cloud on Queens Wharf for the Rugby World Cup "party central".

Kudos Web owner Nick Hadley was already sailing the Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell, so the rest of the team spent the holiday weekend "burning the midnight oil" to get it finished. These situations are a regular event in this time-driven industry, Kudos creative director Jono Townsend says. "It goes with the territory." Mr Hadley believes Warkworth has the potential to become a centre of excellence for technology and the creative arts.

"It is a refuge from corporate life in Auckland," he says.

Many skilled people who live locally want to stop commuting.

Visit www.waterfrontauckland.co.nz/ for Auckland Waterfront Development Agency information.

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