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 annual Plain English Awards will hopefully be back in full this year, following a condensed version during last year’s international Clarity2016 conference in Wellington.

We hope to open entries this week, and we plan to hold the Awards ceremony in November. But we rely on sponsorship for this event to happen, so please spread the word or get in touch if you can offer support.

We’re looking forward to receiving your entries. And thanks for supporting clear communication in New Zealand by following the Plain English Awards!


Enter the People’s Choice awards here

Check out the 2016 Awards winners 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 2016 plain English heroes

People's Choice — Worst 'Brainstrain' Communication

Winner: Parliamentary Service — Business Process Coordinator job description