Bellbird Words

Proofreading, Editing and Writing Services

Patricia’s writing and fundraising knowledge and experience have been invaluable to the SPCA. She joined us at a difficult time and relieved a lot of pressure by taking on the majority of our Grants and Trusts management, firstly for SPCA New Zealand and then SPCA Auckland. Patricia is extremely thorough and efficient in her work and her relationship building with both internal and external stakeholders has been fantastic. She has helped us to create a solid base from which to grow our grants programme whilst also ensuring that applications are submitted consistently and to a high standard. We can’t thank Patricia enough for her hard work in raising huge amounts of money for New Zealand’s animals.

-Chris Harris, Events and Community Fundraiser, SPCA New Zealand



Patricia stepped in to help us cover a staffing gap, focusing primarily on writing our trusts and grants applications. Within just a few hours she was up and running, and I was able to leave her to it, trusting that she would be submitting effective, professional applications. Her writing is of the highest standard, and her fundraising knowledge and expertise has helped us enormously. Her input into the overall management and implementation of our trusts and grants programme is proving invaluable. Patricia has also helped us with our PR/media work and is currently writing our annual report. She is always efficient, organised and a pleasure to work with.


-Debbie Leaver, Business Development Manager, YWCA Auckland



We engaged Patricia to edit, research and write for our new website.  We couldn't have been better supported nor more delighted with the final outcome and overall crafting of the content! Patricia quickly and professionally engaged with the web designer, the parish and the various stakeholders to obtain the information she needed to begin her task. She has worked with efficiency, attention to detail, clarity and insight to our particular context. She set a timeline to complete the project and managed that with ease. We now feel we have a website that is concise, clear, consistent, accurate and very readable. We are so grateful for such a professional and yet accessible site.

-Reverend Anne Mills, Vicar, St Mark's Anglican Church, Remuera



Last year I was an honours student at the University of Auckland, majoring in biomedical engineering. Patricia proofread my final thesis. This was an incredibly hard task, because my thesis contained a lot of complicated concepts and technical terms that were only used in my field. Beyond that, English is not my first language, so some grammatical errors and typos frequently appear in my academic writing. Patricia did an amazing job fixing all the grammatical errors and inappropriate sentence structures in my thesis, which allowed me to clearly express the key findings of my research. Moreover, she handled the technical material very well, even though she is not a science expert. Patricia was very kind and patient along the way. I got an excellent grade in my thesis (overall A+ grade) and graduated with First Class Honours. Patricia's work no doubt contributed to my success. Now I am a PhD candidate at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. I will be more than happy to have Patricia proofread my future published works.

-Wilson Pan, PhD candidate, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland



Having never utilised the services of a professional proofreader/editor before, I was somewhat nervous when I approached Patricia for assistance with my first short story. I needn't have worried. From her very first (prompt!) reply, she put me at ease and answered all my questions in a professional and friendly manner. Upon return of my manuscript, I was thrilled with the suggestions and comments Patricia made and am now confident that I am submitting my best work to a publisher. I will certainly be using Patricia for all my future work.

-Sarah Worthington, fiction writer



As a first-time novelist I was blissfully unaware of all the things I didn’t know. Patricia did not just proofread my text and fix my errors, she provided me with very focused and helpful advice on all the areas that needed work. Her advice and comments were delivered kindly and in a way that helped me clearly understand what was lacking, and how to fix it. After implementing her suggestions and lots of re-writing, I now have a much better novel and have gained some insights into how to be a better writer. Her expertise has been invaluable.


-Vicki Arnott, children's author

Patricia did an amazing job proof-reading The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation “Breast Awareness” book. This is a book, parts of which contain complicated medical terminology, that has never been edited at the same level and in the same detail that Patricia applied. Her attention to detail and suggestions were spot-on and we feel confident we are now publishing a resource that is clear, easy to understand and accurate. Not only did Patricia correct grammatical errors but she made valuable suggestions which improved its readability. We are so grateful for such a professional and prompt job.  

-Lizzie Mowbray, National Educator, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

​​This is my second experience with an editor proofreading my novels and Patricia was a superior expert. She was thorough and, just as importantly, values customer service, as all her correspondence was timely and polite. Her work is very professional and to a high standard and yet doesn't break the bank. I would recommend her services any day of the week and hope to work with her again. You can certainly trust her with your babies (novel manuscripts). Her suggestions are always spot-on and helpful.


-Nix Whittaker, author



Patricia was engaged to help craft communications with our client database to keep them informed.  It was essential that this be delivered in a professional manner as our business is moving in an exciting new direction. We were extremely impressed with the outcome.  Patricia produced a fantastic letter which fitted our brief perfectly.  She also proofread office documents and made great suggestions for our website. Patricia was a pleasure to work with and we look forward to working with her in the future.

-Dr Anthony Tam, Skinsite



I would recommend Patricia without hesitation. She did a fantastic job proofreading my thesis, and it was so reassuring to know that it was in good hands. Her attention to detail was excellent, and her service was both professional and personal. I appreciated her close communication throughout the process, and she completed the work on time as promised. She really was a pleasure to work with and I will definitely be using her services again. 

-Christine Mellor, Masters student, AUT University

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