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2014 WRITEMARK NEW ZEALAND PLAIN ENGLISH AWARDS

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Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support.

  • WriteMark Limited
  • Write Limited
  • Consumer NZ
  • Consumer NZ
  • NZ Superfund
  • Editor Software
  •  Printing.com
  • Sysdoc
  • TCANZ

What is plain English?

Plain English is a style of writing in which the language, structure, and presentation of a document all work together to help the reader. A document written in plain English is easy to read, understand, and act upon after just one reading.

Plain English allows people to participate in government, commercial, legal, and leisure activities more effectively because they can understand the information presented to them. Plain English also has proven benefits for organisations that use it in their publications — including significant cost savings.

The movement to replace ‘gobbledygook’ in official and business documents with plain English began in Britain in the 1970s. The plain English movement now involves government agencies, public- and private-sector businesses, corporations, consultants, voluntary organisations, and networking groups throughout the world.