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NZ Writing Services
I provide writing, editing and consultation services for organisations, including local government.


Local Availability:
Nelson region, and throughout New Zealand on request.

Media Experience
Print, Web


Biographical Note
I have worked as both a journalist and as a policy planner in the local government sector. I particularly enjoy using my writing skills to communicate complex issues, and am experienced in researching legislation and other technical documents.

After completing a BA (Hons) in English Literature, I gained a Diploma in Journalism and wrote for the Hamilton Press. I then worked at Nelson City Council on environmental policy issues for 19 years where I managed the submission process for the Nelson Resource Management Plan, assisted with the writing of the Nelson Regional Policy Statement and then worked as a policy planner in the areas of freshwater management, climate change issues and bylaws.

During my employment in the local government sector I also edited a number of state of the environment reports and co-ordinated the publication of a Living Heritage native plant guide.

I have a Diploma in Environmental Studies, a Diploma in Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishing, and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. I have co-authored two novels with my husband.

I have edited a wide range of technical documents including annual plans and annual reports, both for the local government sector and for private clients.

Since becoming self-employed I have become fascinated with effective writing for the web. I have set up my own websites and blog regularly at www.nzwritingservices.com and www.writingforcouncils.co.nz. I have also provided website content for local government.


Published Writings

Articles in newspapers from 1992-1994 in the Hamilton Press
and City Weekend (copies of cuttings available on request).

I drafted and consulted on these planning documents:
- Nelson Freshwater Plan Change, operative in 2008
- Control of Dogs Bylaw, adopted by Nelson City Council in 2013
- Urban Environments Bylaw, adopted by Nelson City Council in 2015.

I provided writing support for the Infrastructure Strategy, adopted in 2015 (Tasman District Council).

I co-ordinated the preparation of Living Heritage Growing Native Plants in Nelson in collaboration with the Department of Conservation, jointly published by Department of Conservation and Nelson City Council in 2002.

Novels:
- The Driftwood Seekers, a novel by D Bradley (Debra and Dean Bradley), published in 2004 by National Pacific Press
- The Water Race, a novel by D Bradley (Debra and Dean Bradley), self-published in 2011.

I wrote all of the content published on my websites:
- www.nzwritingservices.com
- www.writingforcouncils


Contact Details
Debra Bradley
NZ Writing Services
Phone: (03) 548 5306
Website:
www.nzwritingservices.com