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MacLean Communications is owned by Iain MacLean and Kate Dreaver, and has been in operation since June 2003.

Iain Maclean

Iain MacLean, APR, has a background in broadcasting, journalism and public relations. Following stints as a commercial radio DJ, landscape gardener and Wellington Access Radio producer and programme maker, he reported on the primary sector for National Radio's Rural Report and presented the Country Saturday magazine programme for five years before doing time as a Parliamentary Press Secretary. He handled the communications for Land Information New Zealand's Landonline Programme (the largest government IT project to date) until he joined WHAM Public Relations in 2001 as its account director, concentrating on the primary sector. Iain's achievements at WHAM included running a campaign to launch a new primary sector marketing company, handling the crisis communications for a defrauded publicly funded organisation and overseeing a campaign to promote primary sector careers to school leavers.

In recent years, Iain has become committed to the need to make websites usable and accessible to all visitors. He has learned the techniques to achieve this while drawing on his communication skills to ensure the sites communicate clearly and the information on them is easy to find. He also plans and develops complex websites, and has implemented a sophisticated content management system (eZ publish) in several sites.

Iain is one of the professional development directors on the board of the Wellington chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), is a member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and has been accredited in public relations (APR) by PRINZ since 1999. He also has university and trade qualifications in agriculture and horticulture.

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Kate Dreaver

Kate Dreaver has a strong background in education as a teacher and writer and editor of educational resources.

She majored in English and History at Auckland University, before getting an MA in History and entering the family trade, teaching. She taught history, social studies, English and Business Studies at Porirua College, a decile 1 school with a roll that was over 90 percent Polynesian and Māori. While raising three young children she studied education and human development, as well as being involved in local education.

Since 2000 Kate has been a freelance editor and writer, and has worked extensively with the Curriculum Team at Learning Media Limited, which publishes educational resources and curriculum materials for teachers. She has edited a number of major publications, including all the print versions of The New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars and Kei Tua o te Pae/Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars. She has also co-written books on teaching drama and music, and has written a book on classroom drama for years 1–6.

Kate's clients regard her highly as an editor and writer. Kate is able to take the information provided by subject experts and write texts that are in simple, direct language and organised so that busy readers can easily locate the information they need. She can explain complex concepts in a way that readers can easily grasp and provide practical examples of their application.

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