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
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
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!
Tahi Manuka Honey
New Zealand-made Tahi honey comes from hives that are
ethically managed in rural Northland. The owners of Tahi
have replanted more than 30 hectares of native forest
and developed a similar-sized wetlands area. Where once
only 20 bird species dwelled, there are now 70 species,
23 of which are rare or threatened.
Over the past few years, it has been a great pleasure to
proofread Tahi’s range of packaging artwork – produced
by multi-award-winning designer Jen Cheyne – together
with their updated website. The colourful and intricate
illustrations which appear on their packaging recognise
that the return of these birds is an indicator of the
positive health of this native ecosystem.