About Us

About Us

Write that Essay is a ground-breaking academic writing programme transforming writing outcomes in schools today. 


Developed by educator and author Dr Ian Hunter, the programme is anchored in Dr Ian’s unique skill-based approach to the cross-curriculum development of writing ability.  We deliver the total package: from award-winning online software through to expert professional development to cutting-edge diagnostic tools.  Our specialist educators work in schools in New Zealand and internationally to build teacher capacity and impact a generation of students. 


  Every student matters; every student can be taught to express themselves more clearly and more powerfully—and grasp the life possibilities they deserve.  
Dr Ian Hunter
  • Online writing software for intermediate and high schools
  • Externally-marked diagnostic testing
  • Reliable data to senior management and school boards
  • Whole school Improvement projects
  • Teacher mentoring and coaching
  • Practical classroom resources

Meet the Team

Patrick Hanna
Patrick Hanna / Videographer


Duncan Rumbold
Duncan Rumbold / Head of Technology

Head of Technology

Paula Walker
Paula Walker / Professional Development Coach

Write that Essay coach, Diagnostic management

Robin Holding
Robin Holding / Professional Development Coach

Secondary specialist

Chris Walker
Chris Walker / Graduate Developer

Development, QA testing

Lucas Lee
Lucas Lee / Web Developer

Web Development

Renae Kettle
Renae Kettle / Professional Development Coach

Write that Essay coach, Primary/Intermediate specialist