Plain English Awards encourage clear communication in New Zealand
The WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Awards are run by a not-for-profit trust. The aim of the trust is to help bring plain English into common use in New Zealand by publically acknowledging the efforts of organisations that use plain English.
Get your entries ready for 2014
We'll open for People's Choice entries in March 2014. Nominate a document you've received that you found easy to read — or one you found difficult.
People's Choice awards
In June, you'll be able to nominate clear documents written by your organisation, or individuals and teams within your organisation who encourage people to use plain English.
Award categories and entry requirements
2013 Awards winners celebrated in December
The results of the 2013 Plain English Awards were announced at a ceremony in Wellington on 3 December.
2013 Awards winners and finalists
The Ministry of Social Development was the big winner with the supreme award for Plain English Champion — Best Organisation.
Awards newcomer, ANZ, scooped a win in four categories, showing that plain language can triumph over financial speak in even the most complex of documents.
The Best Plain English Turnaround category was won by Inland Revenue, and the State Services Commission had the dubious honour of winning the People’s Choice — Worst ‘Brainstrain’ Communication.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening such a success, especially our brilliant MC, James Elliot.