The team of experts at Life Stories provides advice and consultation, carries out research and in-depth interviews, and produces work of the highest quality. Team members are based in Auckland and Dunedin, but often travel to clients in other parts of New Zealand. We enjoy working with our clients and have a wealth of experience in producing books, e-books, audio recordings and DVDs. It is our belief that every person has their own unique story to tell. We are passionate about producing memoirs, family and company histories.
Maria de Jong - Owner
Maria de Jong-Oretti - Editor
Maria de Jong-Oretti has worked with Life Stories since 2014. A former English language teacher and experienced copy editor/proof reader, she has the skill set to make sure your manuscript is concise, grammatically correct, consistent and above all a pleasure to read. As a professional, respectful ‘extra pair of eyes’ she will put polish on the final draft and help your story sparkle.
Ruth Nichol - Wellington
Ruth Nichol is a former journalist who has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Dominion, The Evening Post, The Dominion Post and the New Zealand Listener. She is a former books page editor who reads voraciously and loves stories of all kinds, whether they’re fiction or – as in the case of Life Stories – non-fiction. Ruth is also available to produce Audio Life Stories.
Karen Jarvis - Auckland
Karen Jarvis is a published author with a Masters in Creative Writing, a Graduate Diploma of Arts in English Literature and a History degree from Otago University. Her background as a professional storyteller reflects her love of working with people and her belief in the power of story. She is passionate about creating well-crafted, memorable life stories: family heirlooms to be treasured for generations to come.
Naomi Miller - South Island
Founder of Life Stories
Nick Rosenberg founded Life Stories in 1995. He was a curious, warm and witty man who had respect for the narratives of other people’s lives. He brought experience, intelligence and sensitivity to each Life Stories project. Nick was famed for riding his bicycle, with his dog Heba in the handlebar bag, around the streets of Ponsonby and Parnell. He was a secondary school teacher, motorcycle rider and international traveller. Nick loved to dance and sing bass in Auckland’s Jubilation choir. Nick produced documentaries about people’s work for the New Zealand National Radio, the ABC in Australia and the BBC.
After a long battle with cancer, Nick died in August 2013. We acknowledge Nick for his creativity, talent and vision in founding Life Stories.