New Zealand stories online

Do you want your story out there? Go digital with our mobile phone storytelling platform. Go SmartStory.

SmartStory is a digital storytelling service for mobile devices

It is a cost-effective web-publishing platform that requires no hardware. It utilises QR codes (a universal, free app for mobile phones and tablets) to access your story of images, words, audio and video. All stories are hosted on our secure New Zealand server.

Cloud Platform

Acces your stories on our cloud based web application platform. There is no additional mobile app required.

Responsive Design

All stories are optimised for mobile devices like smartphones but are also optimised for readability on desktops and notebooks.

Multimedia Content

Smartstory is a cost effective platform to share all types of content including audio & video.

Sharing Stories

With Unique shotcode URLs and QR Codes for every story, you can easily share your stories with others and social networks.

Screenshots of some smartstories

Discover and share

Watch historic film footage of the Denniston Incline in action while exploring the Heritage Coalfield on the Mt Rochfort Plateau high above the Tasman Sea.

Listen to Barbara Currie recollect a 1940s summer holiday in the Maitai Valley, at a bach long gone beneath Nelson's water supply dam.

Share the story behind your product; the natural and cultural heritage of your region; the creative minds of your artists; the birdcalls of your sanctuary or the stories of your placenames. Enhance the value of a visitor experience for those who choose more.

Services we offer

Story creation using your supplied material.

Story creation using our research, copywriting, editing and media recording service.

Supply you with QR code as a digital file, print file, exterior grade sticker or on an exterior grade plaque.

Graphic application of your brand to the plaque and online story.

Standard-design or custom-design exterior post to display your QR code.

Short term use, for example event or exhibition.

Long term use, for example heritage site, including multiple stories on the one site.

Online maintenance and back up.

About Us The people behind SmartStory

Stefan Hanspach

Stefan Hanspach
Web Design, User Interface Design, Multimedia Editing

Stefan has been working with digital media and website development for over 15 years, after studying industrial and information design. Focussing on User Interface Design and digital communication, he started creating SmartStory to enchance interpretation design and visitor experience through telling and delivering stories on mobile devices. Ease of use and flexibility is his main focus for SmartStory to deliver and share content and information.

Janet Bathgate

Janet Bathgate
Interpretation Design, Research, Writing

Janet has been involved in storytelling for 35 years, forming a graphic and exhibition design business in 1980, specialising in the interpretation of place. Janet has responded over the decades to new technology, including the introduction of computer design and digital print, changes that revolutionised information delivery. SmartStory is yet another layer that compliments existing ways of presentation and stands in its own right to reveal the story.

Our clients who are already on Smartstory

Nelson City Council
Department of Conservation
Denniston Heritage Trust
Huttons Shearwater Trust