Plain English Awards

celebrate New Zealand's clearest communicators


Big thanks to our sponsors for their support in 2017

Principal sponsor


When your document holds the WriteMark, your readers can be sure that your writing meets a very high standard of clarity. The WriteMark is an internationally recognised quality mark originally developed in New Zealand.

Category sponsors

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Write is a world-class plain language consultancy. We help businesses and organisations to achieve their strategic goals through clear and efficient communication.

We offer insightful consultancy, expert writing services, and bespoke training that transform how a workplace communicates.

For 20 years, humanitarians Chloe and Wayne Wright have tirelessly dedicated their time, and generous financial contributions, to providing educational services that improve the lives and prospects of New Zealanders, with a particular focus on mothers and children.


Immigration New Zealand looks after New Zealand’s immigration rules and laws, which in turn support our economic growth and strengthen our relationship with other parts of the world. We offer a range of visas to help those who can contribute to New Zealand to visit, work, study, live, or invest here. are proud to sponsor the WriteMark Plain English Awards for the fifth year running.
We see the awards being extremely important for supporting the government and business sectors as they continuously improve the way they communicate with the general public of New Zealand.

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Graphic Solutions is a small Wellington design studio, routinely going the extra kilometre for their clients.


What we do in a nutshell:

  • Investigate issues we reckon consumers need to know more about
  • Mystery shop and survey to keep businesses honest
  • Give advice to thousands of consumers about their rights and how to exercise them
  • Campaign to get laws and regulations changed to benefit consumers
  • Recommend businesses you can trust

Editor Software


Kendons provides enduring value to business and offers:

  • Software solutions
  • Financial and management reporting
  • Business strategy and advice
  • Taxation
  • Audits and review engagements
  • Business valuations

At Kendons your success is our motivation.

Other sponsors


JUNO combines investment and lifestyle in a beautiful luxury magazine. The magazine caters to all investors, from the beginner through to the sophisticated. This high-quality publication explains financial concepts in plain English and provides in-depth market commentary from a team of experts. It’s all about simplified investing.

Shelly Davies

Shelly Davies helps businesses save time and money. How? By giving us permission to write like humans. Using research-based approaches to writing better, Shelly builds our confidence and helps us write in ways that make readers want to hug us! (Or not — it really depends if hugs are what we’re after. But whatever outcomes we want, Shelly can get us there! She’s kinda awesome like that.) Shelly Davies Writing & Training. Because plain English has been cool since way back.

Business NZ




BusinessNZ is NZ’s leading business organisation.


The Community Comms Collective is a network of communications professionals giving back to the community using their professional skills.

Your money is different to everybody else’s money. What you plan to do with it is personal. Martin Hawes, experienced Authorised Financial Adviser, author of over twenty books and financial commentator has joined the Summer KiwiSaver scheme. As Chair of the Summer Investment Committee, he and the Investment Managers will provide information and guidance to help make sense of what is happening in the markets and what you might need to be thinking about.

Remember, it’s your money, take charge, find out more today at

The Summer KiwiSaver scheme is managed by Forsyth Barr Investment Management Ltd. You can obtain the Scheme’s product disclosure statement and further information about the Scheme at, from one of our offices, or by calling us on 0800 11 55 66. Forsyth Barr Investment Management Ltd is a licenced manager of registered schemes and part of the Forsyth Barr group of companies. Disclosure statements are available from Martin Hawes and your Forsyth Barr Authorised Financial Adviser, on request and free of charge.


We are helping Kiwis get access to personal and family legal protections via an online, self-service legal platform.
Justly allows you to create a tailored simple or complex will and/or enduring power of attorney using a plain-English online-tool, specific to New Zealand law for a guaranteed fixed price.