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 featured just the People’s Choice awards — Best Communication and Worst ‘Brainstrain’ Communication.

This year, Write Limited, our founding sponsor and Awards administrator, was very busy organising the international Clarity2016 conference in November. The People’s Choice awards were presented at the gala dinner at the close of the conference on 5 November.

Check out the 2016 Awards winners here!

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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 2016 plain English heroes and condolences to the winner of the Brainstrain award!

People's Choice — Worst 'Brainstrain' Communication

Winner: Parliamentary Service — Business Process Coordinator job description