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From the president

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Last month I talked about what was happening behind the scenes for the branch. What I didn’t cover is that IPEd Accreditation Board members (including our delegate, Helen Bradford) are busily bringing together all the elements of this year’s accreditation exam.

Yes, this year you have the opportunity to sit the IPEd accreditation exam – an opportunity that comes around once every two years or so. Apart from gaining more confidence in your skills and demonstrating to clients and employers that you know your stuff, why would you want to sit the exam? If you have been working in the profession for a while, why would you put yourself through the pressure of studying and sitting an exam on top of everything else you do? My own experience is that it is worth every second of the preparation when you get into the exam room and think “Yes – I’ve got this!” followed by the feeling some weeks later when you get that email with “Congratulations …” in the subject line. All that study made me a better editor and gave me a deeper understanding of areas of editing I didn’t feel so confident in.

Preparation for the exam is important. For you it will most likely be a mixture of self-directed study and making use of the exam preparation workshops (the first series is running now but there will be more). The IPEd website has a treasure trove of resources and some past exams for practice purposes. If you are a Facebook user, join the IPEd study group – quite apart from the contact with other current candidates, there are lots of useful resources developed by earlier candidates that I found incredibly helpful.

If you are interested but are not sure if this is for you, or you would like to ask questions, email Helen ( and she is more than happy to help.

If you have already made your mind up and you’re already studying, then good for you! You can register now at the early-bird fee, which is available until 17 June. After that you can still book at the standard fee until 22 July. The exam itself is on Monday 22 August in Wellington.

I look forward to congratulating our branch’s new accredited editors later this year.

Noho ora mai rā,


Caroline Simpson AE
EdANZ President

New member

We welcome new associate member Jane Matthews.

New newsletter coordinator

We welcome our newest member Jane Matthews as our new newsletter coordinator. Thank you, Jane, for giving your time to helping our organisation. We are looking forward to getting to know you more and working with you. Jane will be collating our branch contributions to Gatherings. She has a roster of members who are helping with writing articles and proofreading our branch content. If you can see yourself helping out there, please email her on and find out more.



Meet our members: Helen Bradford

Branch meeting (open to Editors Aotearoa New Zealand branch members only)

Date: 12 April 2022, 7.30pm NZST
Location: online via Zoom
Details: Helen Bradford AE is a freelance writer, editor and coach. Originally from the UK, she lived in Africa and Asia when she was working for international development agencies, and settled in Wellington in 2010. She draws on her public-sector and NGO background in her writing, editing and coaching work, which is aimed at government departments, NGOs and international development agencies. Helen runs her own business, Capire, and is the Editors Aotearoa New Zealand representative on the IPEd Accreditation Board.

This is the first in a series of Editors Aotearoa New Zealand branch events aimed at introducing our members so that we can get to know one another better. As well as running Capire, Helen Bradford enjoys endurance sports. She has competed for New Zealand in triathlon and Ironman races, run ultramarathons and taken part in gruelling multi-day cycling adventures – all for fun! Come along to this event to hear about Helen’s work and adventures, and find out how she has developed a work-life balance that enables her to make a living from editing while training and competing in endurance sport.

Cost: Free but please book in the link provided in your email
Bookings close: 10 April 2022

There’s more to come.

Remember we have more events and PD coming. Watch out for more details and booking links. Here’s a taster:


  • Mid to late May – an online version of the popular DIA presentation run in-person in Wellington last December on their digital style guide
  • 11 and 19 June – Pamela Hewitt will run a workshop on memoir editing
  • July – an online social event to celebrate our first Matariki public holiday