Our Story

The origins

Origin was founded in Auckland in 2000 with the goal of providing continuous, robust and forward-thinking IT support to New Zealand's most promising companies, freeing them up to focus on innovation and growth. Our mission has always been to help New Zealand’s best businesses really fly by allowing them to focus on what they do for their customer.

Led by one of the original founders, Michael Russell, our team builds longstanding and loyal partnerships with clients. Our clients include some of New Zealand’s best known businesses – companies that are making a real and significant contribution to New Zealand’s health and wealth and standing overseas.

Along with the day-to-day business of keeping them up and running and secure, we’ve stepped up to help with all sorts of IT related business challenges. Learn about some of the projects we’ve played a part in here.

Origin by the numbers

130

passionate IT experts manage

1,500

servers and help

25

organisations stay safe and secure, and keep

150

organisations up and running, caring for

10,000

people's day-to-day IT needs, so they can serve countless numbers of their own customers.

The Evolution of Origin

2000

Michael Russell starts Origin Business Solutions (OBS) in a West Auckland garage.

2002

OBS earns HP Premier Business Partner status.

2003

Quick growth means a move to new premises in Saturn Place, Albany. 15 employees in the company.

2005

Origin launches New Zealand's first fixed fee IT service, Onefee. Implementation of first cloud solution for Living Earth.

2006

Name change and new logo.

2007

Further business growth means a move to Apollo Drive, Albany.

2008

Certified as Microsoft Gold Certified Partners.

2010

IT of 3,000 end users supported by 45 Origin employees.

2011

Awarded Australasian Managed Service Partner of the Year by Kaseya.

2012

Rebranded to Origin. Refocus on carving out market position as leading supplier of IT services to the New Zealand mid-market. 55 employees servicing the IT of 4,500 end users.

2014

Origin HQ established on College Hill in the central city.

2015

Winner of the New Zealand Mid-Market Parter of the Year, Reseller News. 120 employees, 6,000 end users supported in five continents. Acquisition of security and networking specialists, Optinet.

2017

Launched HUM, managed IT support and security for small businesses. Delivered a managed security service for medium enterprises to market with security specialists, Optinet.