Writing and editing services

for  councils

I help busy council staff to create high quality documents

If you are overwhelmed by deadlines and feel like you’re constantly on the run, you’re not alone. Demands on local government staff are high you are juggling complex new issues as well as reviewing and updating existing strategies, bylaws and plans.

My services are for people like you. I provide writing and editing services to help busy council staff create documents on time and to a high standard.


Writing services for councils

I combine my writing skills with more than 20 years of experience working in the local government sector to prepare documents that are both accurate and easy to understand.

Services include:

Editing services for councils

I understand the types of documents you need to produce, the needs of your readers, and the legislative context for your work.

Services include:

Report Writing Guide

A step by step process for writing and editing your reports.

“Debra is a highly proficient writer and policy analyst. Debra always delivers what she says she will in a professional manner and in a way that is engaging and easily understood.”
Matt Heale, Manager Environment, Nelson City Council

Helping council staff to be successful

I have been providing writing and editing services for council staff since 2014. My clients are usually juggling multiple projects and have significant demands on their time, which makes it difficult for them to find extended, uninterrupted periods of time to write and edit complex documents. I work alongside my clients to understand the issues and options under consideration, and then return to my quiet home office to write documents on their behalf. My clear, concise writing style supports both decision-making and consultation processes.

I am an Associate Member of Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa which helps me to keep up to date with local government issues.



Specifically you bring to your team (and to Council) a remarkably positive can-do attitude that is backed up by clear strategic thinking and attention to detail.

Keith Marshall, Chief Executive, Nelson City Council

Your contribution was illustrated by the way you grappled with the dog control policy and bylaw. You remained committed to high quality community engagement through being professional, actively listening and seeking the best solution for our city. You have promoted and demonstrated personal leadership and positive attitudes.

Richard Johnson, Acting Chief Executive, Nelson City Council

I would like to thank Debra Bradley for initiating this series [of articles] and getting me motivated to contribute under her editorial tutelage. Her grasp of these matters is impressive and I would commend her services to councils throughout the country.

David McMahon, Independent Hearing Commissioner and resource management consultant, RMG

What I’m Writing About

Struggling with a council document?

Struggling with a council document?

The documents we write for councils may not be Moby Dick or The Bone People, but we still have to put in the hard yards to create something from nothing – and novelists can help us to do this. Australian author Charlotte Wood includes an essay about her doctorate...

Notes from a writing workshop

Notes from a writing workshop

At a writing and editing workshop for council officers I learnt as much as I shared with the group. Here's a summary of what we discussed. I introduced a framework to help us step into the shoes of the people we’re writing for. Empathy mapping involves imagining and...

Five big ideas from the Local Government Review

Five big ideas from the Local Government Review

The Local Government Review is underway, and could lead to significant changes to what councils do and how they are funded over the next 30 years. Ārewa ake te Kaupapa – Raising the Platform is the first report to be produced as part of this Review, and provides an...