Writing and editing services

for  councils

My writing and editing services

I help council staff to complete high quality documents on time.


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.

My writing experience includes the following types of documents:

  • consultation documents
  • executive summaries
  • reports
  • strategies and plans
  • activity management plans
  • guides.

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Editing services for councils

I understand the audiences you’re writing for (including staff, councillors and external stakeholders) so when I edit your work I’ll be focused on meeting the needs of your readers.

My editing experience includes the following types of documents:

  • reports
  • asset and activity management plans
  • resource management documents
  • long term plans
  • annual plans and annual reports
  • state of the environment reports.

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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
Institute of Professional Editors

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

How to write a council report that sparkles

How to write a council report that sparkles

Three obstacles you might face when sitting down to write a council report are resistance to getting started, fear of writing a boring report, or not knowing exactly how to go about turning your 'good enough' report into one that sparkles. Here’s how you can overcome...

Review: Navigating Critical 21st Century Transitions

Review: Navigating Critical 21st Century Transitions

A report on Navigating Critical 21st Century Transitions outlines five transitions we all need to make to: low emissions livingbe better prepared for living in a disrupted climatebe a low waste societybe more connected as a communityadjust to the need for life-long...

How to summarise and report on submissions

How to summarise and report on submissions

I’m the first to admit that summarising submissions is not glamorous work … but it is an essential element of consultation. When submitters can see their views are included in the feedback to councillors, and that they are being taken seriously, they will have more...