Communications, content and copy writing; Freelance journalism; full stack web development. Northland and Auckland NZ

Writing Services & Testimonials

Tēnā koe! I offer most of the writing services people depend on to help their brand communicate with the world.


“Mike Botur has been working on a contractual basis for Alliance Media for a number of years on a wide variety of client work covering newsletters, website writing, company profiles and a whole array of other work. Mike is great to work with and is a real ‘point and shoot’ kind of guy who works with enthusiastic passion.” – Andy Mayhew, Director, Alliance Media


“Michael volunteered to help the Hundertwasser Art Centre project with our media releases and we are very grateful for the professional and thorough job he has done for us spreading our messaging.” – Jenny Hill, Prosper Northland Trust


“As the publisher of PropertyPlus magazine, I have worked with Michael well over a year now. Michael contributes articles for our SpeakEasy column, which are published on a weekly basis in a timely and professional manner. His writing is witty and resourceful; he supplies enthusiasm, honesty, and a genuine desire to give our readers information they will find educating, useful and easy to read. Michael is pleasant to work with and very reliable. I can highly recommend him and will keep on working with him.” – Anita King-Lassauw, Dutch Courage Media & Publishing New Zealand

“Michael Botur worked for Northland DHB as a part-time copywriter from August 2016 through to March 2018.  During this time Michael provided the following services;

  • Assisted in the production of the DHB’s external quarterly newsletter – PreScribe.
  • Assisted in the production of Daily Snap-Shot (all staff internal communication)
  • Assisted the Communications Manager with written content, editing and proof reading
  • Researched and wrote ‘good news’ stories for internal and external distribution.

– – Liz Inch, Communications Manager, Northland District Health Board.”



My rate for writing services

My 2018 rate is $69 per hour (plus GST) for all writing services described on this site.

I can also provide quotes for writing services by the page, by word count, or for whole websites et cetera. Charging by the project instead of by the hour can help with budgeting for some clients.

Any queries, just flick me an email at or phone 021 299 0984.


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In the writing world, one of the old maxims is ‘Show – Don’t Tell.’

So: I’d like to show you some examples of how writing services help people in various ways.

    • Journalism for clients like Northland District Health Board – The approach of somebody with a postgraduate journalism qualification is essential in making a piece of writing legally sound, accurate as well as clear. Every media release I write for a client like Northland DHB I put through screens to make the end result easy to understand, legally safe, and accurate in terms of terminology, spellings, and grammar.
    • Writing media releases, with photosfor clients like Yes Whangarei!’s campaign for Hundertwasser Arts Centre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery. Clients need a media release to be ready-to-go. Having worked for NZ’s most significant newspaper, the NZ Herald and its NZME subsidiaries, I’m able to polish media releases until they are print ready, making it much easier for a client’s words to come across as acceptable to a news publisher.
    • Interviewing – clients like the New Zealand Planning Institute have in the past asked me to create newsworthy interviews. A quality interview can be passed onto news media, published online, added to the interviewee’s portfolio and should be printworthy. NZPI asked me to help create a large number of interviews as its annual planning awards approached in 2015. Then there have been clients such as NZ Media & Entertainment (NZME.), for who I interviewed around 50 Pride of NZ Awards winners in 2014. That content was useful for helping NZME. create print copy, online news stories and printed supplements.
    • Blogging – clients such as Alliance Media utilise my blogging skills every month. Blogging drives eyeballs to a website and will separate a successful business from an average business. When I’m asked to blog for your business, I’ll be structuring the words on the page to really optimise your search engine results, plus I’ll be delivering perfect English, nice, concise instructions to readers, and of course funky advertising language to help sales and search results.


Head over to Michael Botur’s projects/portfolio page where you’ll find real examples of great written content provided to clients, as well as notes about how effective writing helps grow an audience.

Mike’s writing qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies, Massey University 2014
  • Cert. of Excellence for Investigative Reporting, Massey University 2013
  • Master of Creative Writing AUT University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts (English major) – University of Otago, 2005
  • National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (Level 5)
  • NZQA Certificate in Adult Literacy Tuition (Level 5)
  • NZQA Cert. in ESOL Tutoring (level 3)
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