Plain English Awards

celebrate New Zealand's clearest communicators

2010 Awards

The 2010 Plain English Awards were held on Friday, 3 September 2010 at Parliament. It was a fantastic night! Congratulations to all winners and finalists.

And the winners are...

Introducing our 2010 plain English heroes


Plain English Champion — Best Organisation

Winner: Office of the Auditor-General

Finalist: Cancer Society of New Zealand

Finalist: Statistics New Zealand


Plain English Champion — Best Project

Winner: InfraTrain New Zealand Limited — Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Qualification & Resource Development

Finalist: Ministry of Justice — Civil Justice in the District Courts of New Zealand

Finalist: Ministry of Social Development — Integrity Services Letters


Plain English Champion — Best Individual or Team

Winner: Stephen Leong — Transpower New Zealand Limited

Finalist: Cancer Society of New Zealand

Finalist: Statistics New Zealand


Best Plain English Document — Public Sector / Non-Government Organisation (NGO)

Winner: ACC — Handling Cattle Safely

Finalist: Child, Youth and Family — When We Visit

Finalist: InfraTrain New Zealand — Horizontal Directional Drilling Guide


Best Plain English Document — Private Sector

Winner: Sonar6 — Performance Review Marketing Materials

Finalist: House of Travel — Our Business is Your Business Travel

Finalist: PORSE — Let’s PORSE


Best Plain English Website — Public Sector / Non-Government Organisation (NGO)

Winner: Child, Youth and Family — www.cyf.govt.nz

Finalist: Career Services — www.careers.govt.nz

Finalist: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority — www.energywise.govt.nz


Best Plain English Website — Private Sector

Winner: The Wheeling Gourmet — http://en.wheelinggourmet.com

Finalist: Kiwitax — www.kiwitax.co.nz

Finalist: Martelli McKegg Wells & Cormack — www.martellimckegg.co.nz


Best Plain English Sentence Transformation

Winner: Alan Groves — Transpower New Zealand Ltd

Finalist: Judith Wright — Statistics New Zealand

Finalist: Maryland Spencer — ACC

Finalist: Alison Smith — Thames–Coromandel District Council


Best Plain English Technical Communicator

Winner: Meredith Evans — Streamliners NZ Ltd

Finalist: Erwin Timmerman — Dynamic Controls

Finalist: Lesley Hanes — Statistics New Zealand


People’s Choice — Best Plain English Document

Winner: BT Funds Management (NZ) Limited — Multi Sector Unit Trusts Investment Statement

Finalist: Elections New Zealand — Enrolment Form


People's Choice — Best Plain English Website

Winner: NZ Transport Agency— www.nzta.govt.nz

Finalist: Air New Zealand Grabaseat — www.airnewzealand.co.nz/

Finalist: IRD Child Support — www.ird.govt.nz/childsupport


People’s Choice — ‘Brainstrain’ Document

Winner: Office for Senior Citizens — Home Equity Release: Code of Practice

Finalist: NZ Post — International Registered Mail prepaid envelope


People’s Choice — ‘Brainstrain’ Website

Winner: Commerce Commission — www.comcom.govt.nz/anti-competitive-practices/

Finalist: New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) — www.gets.govt.nz/

Finalist: Massey University Bachelor of Communication — www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/programme-course-paper/programme.cfm?prog_id=93330