Writing council documents

The service is for council staff with a document to complete.

When we work together you will:

– have confidence that your document will be completed on time;

– have the time and space you need to think strategically about the issues to be addressed in your document and to identify genuinely useful solutions to them; and

produce an easy-to-read document to support informed decision-making.

How it works

1. We discuss your upcoming project.

2. If we decide to proceed to the next
step, I will ask you to provide me with
background documents and any links
to relevant examples from other

3. I will send you a customised proposal,
suggesting a step-by-step process for
us to work together. (This is likely to
include a mix of discussions and draft
documents to review, to ensure you
get exactly what you need.)

Positive feedback


“I want to acknowledge your superb analytical skills, ability to h one 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


“We are super grateful for your input into our District Plan discussion documents. They are coming together really well!.”



Katherine Overwater, Senior Resource Management Planner, Kaipara District Council


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



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 Solid Waste, Nelson City Council


“Now that we’ve got all the work together in one place, we can see it is looking really good!”



Julia Forsyth, Principal Planning Advisor, Environment Canterbury


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



Keith Marshall, Chief Executive, Nelson City Council

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