Plain English Awards

celebrate New Zealand's clearest communicators

WriteMark Plain English Awards Trust

The Trust works to bring plain English into common use in
New Zealand

Through the Plain English Awards, the Trust acknowledges the efforts of organisations that use plain English to communicate with their staff and their customers.

The Trust was formed in 2008 and organises and hosts the WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Awards.

Registration with the Charities Commission

The WriteMark Plain English Awards Trust was registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 on 9 September 2009. The Trust’s registration number is CC42158.

Visit the Charities Commission website for more information about the Trust.

Charities Register

Donee organisation status

The Trust has approved donee status from Inland Revenue. It operates on a not-for-profit basis, supported by sponsorship and donations.

Tax credits or deductions for donations to the Trust

Organisations that make donations to the Trust will be able to claim tax credits or a deduction.

  • Non-corporate donors and Maori authorities can claim a tax credit for one-third of the amount they donate, up to the level of their annual net income.
  • Corporate donors can claim a tax deduction for the amount they donate, up to the limit of the company’s net income (income, less expenses, but before the donation is deducted).

Donate to the Awards

We rely on sponsorship and donations to run the Awards. Your generosity is appreciated!

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Sponsor the Awards

Are you curious about the benefits Awards sponsorship could bring to your organisation? Then please get in touch. We’d be more than happy to discuss sponsorship options with you.

Please contact Melissa Mebus on, or call 04 384 6447, if you’d like to sponsor the Awards.

Thanks for supporting clear communication in New Zealand!