Plain English Awards

celebrate New Zealand's clearest communicators

2007 Awards and Conference

The 2007 WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Conference and Awards were held on 16 November at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Plimmer Towers


The theme of the 2007 Plain English Conference was ‘Reality check — the challenges and benefits of plain English in government and business’.

Delegates from New Zealand and overseas heard from international and local plain English experts. They enjoyed:

  • discovering the benefits of plain English in government and business writing
  • taking part in practical workshops
  • finding out how to start a plain English culture where they work.

And the winners are...

Introducing our 2007 plain English heroes and condolences to the winner of the Brainstrain award!


Plain English Champion — Best Organisation

Winner: Castalia

Finalist: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise


Best Plain English Document — Public / NGO Sector

Winner: PHARMAC — Patient guide: Herceptin — for early breast cancer

Finalist: New Zealand Guidelines Group — Having suicidal thoughts?

Finalist: Hutt City Council — Now that you have your building consent


Best Plain English Document — Private Sector

Winner: IAG New Zealand Limited — Introducing your home policy

Finalist: A J Park — Guide to trade marks

Finalist: Hunter Group — VectorNet update — Animal Health Board


Best Plain English Website

Winner: National Library of New Zealand — www.natlib.govt.nz

Finalist: New Plymouth District Council — www.newplymouthnz.com

Finalist: RaboPlus — www.raboplus.co.nz


People’s Choice — Best Plain English Document

Winner: ACC — Standing up to falls

Finalist: Privacy Commissioner — Good privacy is good business

Finalist: GN ReSound — Our sense of hearing


People’s Choice — ‘Brainstrain’ Document

Winner: New Zealand Qualifications Authority — Unit standard 9734: Management — developing and coordinating people

Finalist: Tournament Parking — Terms and conditions

Finalist: Ministry of Education — Over-arching strategy for dissemination and use of best evidence synthesis (BES) iterations