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New books published - Just in time for Christmas

Posted on November 26, 2019 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (13)


Yes it has been a while. But I’m back on the blog and I have some great news. I have finally had my next two children’s novels published.

The Hathaways and the Disappearing Translators is a book in two parts.

Part one – The search begins, takes ten year old Edward, his twelve year old sister Gemma and their friend the Futuristicator Will, into yet more and strange dimensions with adventure around every turn and a fair bit of ...

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Book reviews so far

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

New reviews for Into Another Dimension

Julia D wrote

"Willem just arrived home first thing he said was he loved the book it was awesome are you writing another one. Good review from a thirteen year old so I havethe book to read. Well done as thirteen year olds are hard to please."

Sarah Holmes wrote

"I read the book – first children’s book for many years!

I did enjoy it … thought your writing is very exciting an...

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Newly published author

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Into Another Dimension

The author “behind” the book?

I’m Kass Harker. I was born and raised in rural New Zealand and now live in Nelson in the South Island. I've always written stories and poetry but never before written with the view to publishing my work. This is also the first time I've written for children. 


My inspiration

The idea of a children’s book came to me, wh...

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Developing your writing skills

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Most of us write on a daily basis. We write things like emails, business documents about process, technical data and we even write for inter and intranet. But most of us aren’t paid just to write or write as a profession, so we don’t know all the tricks of the trade.

When you write if your message isn’t targeted well or set in a language style that your reader understands you are wasting both your own and your readers time. You are possibly also losing cus...

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An eye for detail

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (3)

Having produced e Newsletters for a large government department I know the work involved in having a captivating, professional and easy to read publication.

If your business has or is thinking of having an e Newsletter here are a few things to think about:

 Always put yourself in your reader’s shoes

 Cut the jargon – you know what it means but more than likely your reader won’t

 Simple language is best, ...

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Keeping up with the neighbours

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I've just joined up to Neighbourly and found it really useful already. I can find out about things that might affect me right down to hints about locking up because there's been some thief lurking the hood. I can even use it to promote my business and sell excess stuff. I love it already and think everyone should join.

Don't sweat the small things!

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (2)

You’ll have heard it before I'm sure. But as I make my way as a small business owner I realise just how true the saying "don't sweat the small things" is. One tip I can give you, whether you run or work for a business, is to take time each day to set your tasks and prioritise them. I do it at the end of each day for the next day. That way any leftover tasks from that day or any fresh ones as a result of an action that day, is added while still fresh in my mind.

A simple “Thi...

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Influence and words

Posted on July 3, 2016 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)


In business we write for many reasons. One key reason we write is to influence. It may be that we want to sell a product or concept. It may be that we want to change a behaviour. It could be that we want to motivate.

Finding the right words, using the right tone and laying out your message, are all key to how well your aim to influence is achieved.

Khowing how to do this isn’t inherent and so if your intent is to influence, it’s a good idea to get some tra...

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Health check - Emails

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (3)



   How well are your email messages received? Do you sometimes respond from emotion? The tone and language in your email can mean your intention is misunderstood. If you send an email with mistakes in it, your reader may not be too impressed.

Here are some tips to help improve your emails.

1. If you have an emotional...

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Words for a modern world

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The historical development of New Zealand’s foreign affairs is “the history of a colony becoming independent.” [2] When the British Parliament passed the New Zealand Constitution Act in 1852, New Zealand embarked on a journey of independence from Britain in exercising sovereignty – legislative, judicial, and executive authority – over its domestic affairs. However, ‘imperial interests’, (including foreign relations, external trade, the constitution...

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