About Us

Our Kaupapa

Xanthe White Design is a studio working across a wide spectrum of Landscape Design projects in New Zealand and Internationally. Works include residential, community and commercial spaces as well as installations, with an openness to the process of creative collaboration.

Our practice focuses on the relationships we as people hold with private, shared and natural gardens and landscapes, with each of our projects varying in scale and being unique to the place and people involved.

Xanthe White Design Studio is a bridge between people and the natural world, nurturing respectful and understanding relationships. At the core of our work is our desire to uphold and preserve the art of gardening. We acknowledge our responsibility to positively impact communities and the planet via thoughtful and sustainable design, respecting native ecologies and the whenua.

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Our Process

The design process begins by visiting your site and talking through your project. From these conversations we put together a design brief and outline the stages of the design, including a fee proposal. Once you are happy with this we start the concept design.

We are able to manage the project for you or if you are looking to develop your garden in stages over time we can support you as little or as much as needed.

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Xanthe White

Principal Designer
— President and Fellow of the Garden Design Society NZ

Xanthe has twenty-six years experience in Landscape design working in New Zealand, Europe and Asia. Her practice ranges from residential to large-scale community projects. She believes design is the art of making connections between people and place, and extends her work to writing and communicating the art of gardening. The joy in her work comes from the people, places and the pleasure of working in a creative studio environment where her work is challenged and expanded by the diversity of skills and perspectives that surround her.


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James Walkinshaw

Principal Designer, Wellington
— Bachelor of Architectural Studies
— Accredited Garden Designer - GDSNZ

Growing up in coastal towns and cities around New Zealand instilled in James a love of place, space, and our unique natural world, which in turn drew him to study Architecture and then to Landscape Design. Over the past ten years working for Xanthe White Design, James has had the pleasure of working on a variety of work from large-scale international gardens and iwi-led community projects to urban back gardens and small courtyard designs. James believes a garden is a synergy of its people, its site, and its place here in Aotearoa. James values the unique quality each client instills in their own garden and enjoys working with them to achieve something that is truly special.

James heads the Wellington studio.


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James Sullivan

Intermediate Designer
— Diploma of Landscape Design

Born in the Garden City - James “Jim” comes from generations of plantsmen, spending his formative years in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Post-earthquake that inspiration turned to the wildness of the residential red zone and the vastness of the South Island's alpine regions. With a passion for music and arts, James spent time touring both locally and internationally in various bands and projects over the years, before settling in Auckland late 2015 where he remains, still active in those scenes today.


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Justin Hurt

Landscape Designer & Gardener

Justin brings lots of practical experience to the XWD team having worked on many projects in New Zealand and abroad. A master craftsman and landscape gardener, Justin has worked with Xanthe for over twenty years on countless projects. Justin loves working with timber and brick especially, and has honed his skills over the years through landscape design and construction, as well as personal artistic projects. With a deep knowledge of the art of gardening, Justin's favourite part of working with plants is to see a garden evolve, growing into itself and layering up over time.


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Zeenia Irani

Intermediate Designer
— Bachelor of Spatial Design
— Master of Art & Design

Growing up exploring back gardens and native bush, Zeenia found her love for landscapes and living environments through a curiosity of 'vibrant matter' existing between people and the natural world. Celebrating the ephemeral qualities of spaces, her work intertwines elements of art, culture, architecture and temporary practices. As a spatial designer, she brings a new perspective to the studio with an artistic background and a deep understanding of the built environment.


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Yule Maloney

Studio Manager

Born in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and moving to New Zealand as a toddler, Yule has always had a passion for the outdoors. She has spent many years working in customer service and management and now joins the Xanthe White Design team as Studio Manager. With a love for travel, fashion, beautiful design and of course, gardening, Yule is an integral part of the XWD studio.


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Sammy Kewish

Intermediate Designer, Wellington
— Bachelor of Spatial Design
— Certificate of Landscape Design

Sammy grew up in rural Aotearoa both in the North and South Islands forming a deep connection and curiosity for landscape and the relationship between people and place. Sammy has a passion for creating meaningful spaces through plant ecologies. She weaves her joy for life’s simple pleasures and her connection with the natural environment into her work. Drawing on her spatial design studies Sammy is interested in spaces where boundaries are tested, exploring what it means when peripheries interact and collide. Sammy also brings her experience as a gardener to the role.


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Taewoo Kang

Intermediate Designer
— Bachelor of Spatial Design
— Master of Design [First Class Honours]

Born in Korea, Tae spent most of his childhood in the Netherlands and Latvia finally making his way to Aotearoa study and now live. His affection and perspective for nature comes from multiple cultures and has helped create his diverse aesthetics.
Tae is fascinated by the in-between spaces that resides between dwellings and nature. He believes our approach to nature is better with the help of well thought-out structures that bridge us to it.
Coming from architectural and spatial design background, Tae brings a unique design language on form and structure that complements the plant ecology of Aotearoa.


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Joe Norman

Intermediate Designer, Wellington
— Bachelor of Spatial Design [Honours]
— Masters of Landscape Architecture (2021-ongoing)

As a South Coast local - Joe has recently returned home after working for an award winning firm in New York with enthusiasm and excitement to be engaging with the regional plants and ecosystems he grew up around. Studying Spatial design from Massey University Joe found his way into landscape design through a love of both the native birds of New Zealand and the field of design. Landscape design was an exciting opportunity to design for both the human and non-human. Currently studying a masters in Landscape architecture Joe hopes to develop his skills in plantmanship alongside his studies through designing robust and ecologically sympathetic garden landscapes.


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Shaun Sims

Intermediate Designer

Originally from across the ditch, Shaun has spent the majority of his life in Tāmaki Makaurau which he now considers home. Discovering a passion for design from a young age, Shaun began his career as a graphic designer. Later realising he was craving a connection beyond a screen and into the physical environment he began work as a landscaping contractor, implementing many Xanthe White Designs during that time. In a decision to create more impactful societal change and draw on his previous design experience Shaun is retraining as a Landscape Architect and is in his final year of study at Unitec.


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Kaea Tamariki

Studio Assistant
— Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi

Kaea is New Zealand born and bred who began his journey with Ngāti Whātua ki Orakei. He found his love for gardens both national and international through the conservation efforts of his iwi, the diverse gardening techniques of other nations, and the impact garden has on a person based on its visual representation, practical uses, and/or educational, emotional, and spiritual value.

Kaea likes the idea of preparing for the future, even if it’s a future he himself may not be able to see, what matters most to him are the rangatahi and the impact his actions may have on them. Ā, nāku te kākano ka whakatō hei rākau nui mo ngā rangatira o āpōpō me o rātou nei rangatahi kia hā te ora, kia huri hei waka, kia mau hei tiaha rānei, nā rātou te kī whakamutunga mo te hua i kohangia i au.


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Ella Windner

Graduate Designer
— Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Ella grew up in coastal and alpine towns of the North and South Island. Spending her younger years exploring these uniquely different places, she developed a strong attraction to the natural world and an interest in the relationship between people and place. Coming from studies in Landscape Architecture, Ella has a strong eye for detail and a good understanding of the built and natural environments. Combining this with her passion for art and design, Ella is interested in creating purposeful and aesthetic spaces.


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