M+64 (21) 115 3172

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Our experience — your advantage

Mary Dobbyn and her team have combined proofreading experience spanning more than 30 years. We continually strive to maintain up-to-date resources and knowledge. The application of proofreading skills must be adaptable and flexible yet maintain high standards in order to produce current and top-quality text.


Our service covers many different types of media, such as:

  • annual reports
  • branding and marketing material
  • investment statements and prospectuses
  • magazines
  • newsletters
  • operating and training manuals
  • price lists and catalogues
  • sustainability reports
  • web communications



Mary Dobbyn Director

Mary Dobbyn Ltd
PO Box 25513, St Heliers, Auckland 1740, NZ
P +64 (9) 575 5354 M +64 (21) 115 3172
E proofreading@marydobbyn.co.nz


Mary Dobbyn is a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, UK

our tool box of services

All submitted documents will be checked for correctly written English in the areas of spelling, grammar, punctuation, style/tone and word order as well as for overall consistency to ensure that the written presentation matches the client’s professional image.


Special overnight and weekend services are usually available.


Proofs can be sent by email as Word, pdf or
web-linked files and by courier. Marked-up
copy will be promptly returned electronically
or via courier.


All copy submitted to us is treated with the strictest confidentiality.


Our proofreaders can safeguard your reputation for a minimal outlay.

Happy customer No. 1

Mary and I have worked together on numerous annual reports and other corporate publications since 2001; I consider her to be a critical member of my team and a pleasure to deal with. Corporate documents leave an impression of our organisation on thousands of stakeholders and simple errors can cost us greatly or, at the very least, make us look foolish. Having Mary and her team’s expertise on hand provides us with the confidence we need, every time.

Melanie Palmer, Global Marketing Manager,
Zespri International Limited
(previous postings include Carter Holt Harvey and
SKYCITY Entertainment Group)


Mary’s proofreading service is a routine part
of our document release process and I am impressed by the number of errors detected
even after several approvals in-house. Every piece of our promotional material is passed through the vigilant eyes of Mary and her team; this ensures that highly accurate and consistent messages reach our customers.

Fiona Cresswell, OSA Clinical & Marketing Manager,
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited


I never cease to be amazed at what Mary and her team pick up that would often make or break the impact of my work. It’s such a relief to have that unbiased, fresh set of fastidious eyes to ensure accuracy. I can always be assured Mary will go the extra mile to offer suggestions and ideas that add value. 

Diana Parry, Brand Strategist, Emanate Limited


New Zealand Olympic

In March 2017 we were pleased to be awarded the task of reviewing the NZOC’s annual report for the first time. We asked their Brand Manager, Alexandra Cooper, for feedback about the overall experience.

Alexandra, before enlisting Mary’s company to proofread your annual report, how did your organisation prepare annual reports, or similar-sized publications, for final release?

The proofreading was done in-house by our Communications team of two; it wasn’t an impossible task, although it did take a lot of time on top of their incredibly busy schedules. Enlisting Mary’s company meant that we could be assured there would be a dedicated and focused set of eyes on the details of our Annual Report throughout the process.

How did you find the process this year, from first booking in the work with Mary to receiving the marked-up proofs prior to print?

Overall, it was really seamless and easy. Mary was fantastic at keeping in contact, giving us regular progress updates in her lovely, pleasant way. The biggest thing I noticed was the substantial reduction in text amends once we reached the artwork stage – lowering the number of these meant we had less chance of mistakes being made in the artwork and fewer hours spent on the project by the agency.

Are there any areas you feel should be improved?

Not really – we were very happy.

Was your organisation pleased with the end result and will your team at NZOC be keen to use Mary’s services in the future?

Yes, very pleased. The proofreading service that Mary provided really assured us that our Annual Report was as professional as it needs to be, given the wide range of audiences – from Government to National Sporting Organisations and Commercial Partners. We’re thrilled with the outcome; thank you again, Mary!


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