Writing & editing for  councils

I help busy council staff to create high quality documents

You joined your council to make a difference. But that’s hard to do if you’re always on the run – too busy to think clearly and at risk of being overwhelmed by all the documents you need to complete.

I provide writing and editing services to help you to deliver your projects on time.


Easy-to-read documents, delivered on time.

This is perfect for council staff who are:

  • developing a policy, strategy, plan or report;
  • getting to grips with a new topic or a new council role;
  • feeling overwhelmed due to workload pressures and upcoming deadlines; and/or
  • lacking the quiet and uninterrupted time they need to complete their documents.


Polished, accurate documents you can rely on.

This is perfect for council staff who are:

  • working on large, complex documents;
  • needing help to translate complex concepts into language that is more accessible but still accurate; or
  • compiling a document created by multiple authors.

What’s inside

This guide shows you how to:

  • tell a compelling story in your report
  • write a first draft more easily
  • rapidly improve your work
  • polish your document.

About me

I help council officers just like you, who care about the quality of your work and achieving positive outcomes for your community and the environment.

I am a stickler for meeting deadlines, so handing over one of your projects means you can breathe easier, knowing it will be sorted for you.

Thanks for your huge contribution to the local government sector through your direct policy work, training and raising the quality of policy analysis and writing.

Mark Tregurtha, Policy Manager,  Department of Internal Affairs

You are an absolute star and we really appreciate the order and efficiency you bring to our deliberations reports Debra .

Margaret Parfitt, Business Unit Manager Transport and Waste, Nelson City Council

I want to acknowledge your superb analytical skills, ability to hone in on the issues and easy report writing style. A pleasure to read. The recommendations are spot on.

Clare Barton, Group Manager Environmental Management, Nelson City Council

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

What I’m Writing About

Editing quiz

This quiz covers some of the less obvious ways we can improve our writing at the editing stage, as outlined in ‘Editing Made Easy’. The sentences are all grammatically correct, so please pick the ones you think are simpler or clearer. The clues are in the subheadings,...

Editing quiz – answers

Check your answers to the editing quiz. (The correct answers are shown in bold.) Use verbs instead of nouns, where possible. 1A      Using verbs instead of nouns is an important part of editing. 1B      The...

Stumbling blocks for report writers

Your particular pathway to working in local government may present some specific challenges when you start writing council reports. Here are some examples and potential solutions. 1.    Passionate people working in the community development space may...