Newsletter: July 2018


In July, we were ...

Working on


  • Creating a report for a large corporate entity self-assessing its performance over the past year

  • Assessing a children’s novel

  • Editing a document on the skills health professionals need to deal with consumers of mental health services


  • Editing the citations for this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours

  • Editing a legal book about workplace investigations

  • Writing about Kim Crossman’s favourite things to do in Los Angeles and Josh Thomson’s favourite things to do in Timaru

  • Writing about Auckland-based gourmet breakfast company Blue Frog


Daisy: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Beyond Discipline by Alfie Kohn and George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl with my daughters

India: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish, When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro, Open Secrets by Alice Munro and Feel Free by Zadie Smith


Daisy: Enjoying hosting my parents for three weeks here in the Hungarian sunshine  

India: Entering deep hibernation mode – lots of baths, lots of C-grade Netflix rom-coms


Daisy: Chatting with my one year old in a little language of his own that doesn’t have any words (he gives a simple “hm” a multitude of inflections, to produce an equivalent number of specific requests)   

India: Watching old Key & Peele videos on YouTube – the joy of every lunch break

Coles & Lopez news

  • India reviewed Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue for NZ Booklovers

  • India’s interview with Marcus Lush appeared in the July issue of Kia Ora magazine

  • India's blog post Delivered to Your Doorstep was published on

  • Judicial Review: A New Zealand Perspective, 4th ed, which Daisy edited, was published

Tip of the month

Have you been considering how and when to use singular “they”? Check out our take on the politics and the practicalities.

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