Preserving ancestry and family history

The team at Forget Me Not Life Stories are passionate about preserving ancestry, family and business history and understand the importance of 'writing it down'.
Our writers work to a consistently high standard in writing, and that's carried through to the design and print of your final product - a beautifully written and designed coffee-table quality book or personal website to share with friends and family overseas.
Our team come from all walks of life - journalism, marketing, lecturing, teaching, human resources - and bring with them a wealth of experience and practicality in putting together your history.

Meet our Forget Me Not Life Stories Team

Kate McCarthy

Bay of Plenty

I was so passionate about writing from an early age that at fifteen years old I won a regional short story competition. Drawn to a career in journalism I have since enjoyed working in public relations, communications and media management.

Samantha Cutler


I am both proud and fortunate to have enjoyed a varied career to date both in the UK and here in the Waikato.  I have worked as an administrator, lecturer, work experience coordinator and most recently media sales consultant.

Sarah Ryder

I’m passionate about helping people capture and preserve their life stories for future generations.  I came to this work with an appreciation for history and a background in journalism and marketing communications. 

Natalie Ward, writer, Forget Me Not Lifestories

Natalie Ward

Life Story Presenter

I love a good story and feel very lucky to be working with a dynamic group of people who are passionate about preserving life stories. I come from a career in education.  For the past 27 years I have lived and breathed teaching primary school children in the Bay of Plenty, where I have taught and encouraged a love for writing. Over the years I have heard and told many great stories!  As part of my journey in education, I have led many creative projects that encouraged storytelling, story making, theatre and preserving history. As a presenter for Forget Me Not Life Stories, I am passionate about encouraging people to preserve their unique story.  My interactive presentation includes information about what personal history is, the benefits of writing your life story and some handy hints about how to begin.

Elaine Mead

My early career originated in journalism with a community newspaper, before I branched out into corporate Human Resources and consulting.  In my role as HR Manager I worked with such companies as Post Shop, IBM and NZ Post, and spent eighteen month leading a change management project team.

Yelshea Moore

I have written professionally and academically, whilst working in an administrative and managerial capacity for most of my career.  I have worked for a diverse number of companies and industries, both in the UK and in New Zealand, ranging from Radio, Government Security Services, Millennium Hotels and Insurance.

Leane Wheeler

For much of my life, I spent nearly 30 years working in administration as part of our family business.  In 2010 I took a leap of faith and left this profession, setting out to explore life as well as my passions.  This took me around the world, where I met new people, explored new opportunities and made many memories.

Gift Vouchers - a truly unique gift

A Forget Me Not Life Story gift voucher entitles the recipient to the $Dollar value of personal historian services towards a life story and can be redeemed with any of our writers working throughout New Zealand.
Terms and Conditions apply, and are noted in the shop and also on the voucher when emailed to you.

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."

Maya Angelou


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