Plain English Awards

celebrate New Zealand's clearest communicators

The Plain English Awards
The Plain English Awards

The Plain English Awards are a public pat on the back for plain English champions and help to raise the bar for clear communication.


The 2016 Plain English Awards will feature just the People’s Choice awards — Best Communication and Worst ‘Brainstrain’ Communication.

This year, Write Limited, our founding sponsor and Awards administrator, is busy organising the international Clarity2016 conference in November. The People’s Choice awards will be presented at the conference.

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Check the list of finalists here!

Get involved with our People’s Choice awards

Best Award

Best Plain English Communication award honours the most outstanding example of a plain English document or web page nominated by a member of the public

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Worst 'Brainstrain' Communication award reveals, in good humour, the document or website most notable for confusing and dumbfounding its target audience

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You beauties

Introducing our 2015 plain English heroes

Plain English Champion — Best Organisation

Winner: Castalia Strategic Advisors

Finalist: ANZ

Plain English Champion — Best Individual or Team

Winner: Careers New Zealand — Online Content team

Finalist: ANZ — Cushla Scholfield

Finalist: ANZ — Wealth team

Plain English Champion — Best Project

Winner: Ministry of Social Development

Finalist: ANZ

Finalist: Mercer

Best Plain English Sentence Transformation

Winner: Erinna Gilkison, Statistics NZ

Finalist: Cushla Schofield, ANZ

Finalist: Julie Hutton, Saunders Robinson Brown

Best Plain English Technical Communicator

Winner: Meredith Evans, Synlait Milk

Finalist: Sarah Wilcox, Descipher

Finalist: Emma Adcock, OSPRI

People's Choice — Best Plain English Communication

Winner: Westpac —

Finalist: ACC —

Finalist: ANZ — Investment Statement for the ANZ KiwiSaver Scheme