We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2015.

  • WriteMark Limited
  • Write Limited
  • Consumer NZ

  • Wright Family Foundation


2016 WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Awards

Change to the Awards for 2016

The 2016 Plain English Awards will feature only the well-known People’s Choice Awards — Best Communication and Worst 'Brainstrain' Communication. The change is because Write Limited, our founding sponsor and Awards administrator, has also taken on the enormous job of hosting the international Clarity2016 conference in November. They’ll be busy!

How do the People’s Choice Awards work?

Members of the public: as always you, as a member of the public, have the opportunity to put the spotlight on a brilliantly clear document or website, or something truly awful!
Organisations: the good news is that you can still encourage your readers and stakeholders to nominate your documents or website for the 2016 People’s Choice Best Communication award. Use your newsletters and social media outreach to get your readers and clients behind you — ask them to nominate the communications you’re proud of.
Here are the details about each award:

Entry form

Entry dates

Entries will be open from 1 March until 31 August.


Entries will, as usual, be judged by an international panel of plain English experts and advocates.

Announcement of winners

The winners of the 2016 Plain English Awards People’s Choice category will be announced at the Clarity2016 gala dinner on 5 November (Amora Hotel, Wellington).

Get inspired, learn from international experts and each other at Clarity2016!

Join us in Wellington, New Zealand, to be inspired and to learn from world leaders about evidence-based, accessible writing in law, business, and government.
See www.clarity2016.org for details.

2015 Awards

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Awards sponsors

Comments from our recent participant survey about the impact of the Awards

'The Awards are the premier industry benchmark for high standards and achievements in plain English. Success in the Awards shows we’re not only doing it, but doing it well and our expertise is being recognised.’

‘When more organisations use plain English it is much easier to engage with the public. There is a public idea that many organisations are hard to work with and waste a lot of their time. Plain English can help make interactions with the public quicker and more engaging.’

‘The Awards give us a standard of plain English to aim for.’  

Are the Awards making a difference?

Plain English Awards encourage clear communication in New Zealand

The WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Awards are run by a not-for-profit trust. The aim of the trust is to help bring plain English into common use in New Zealand by publically acknowledging the efforts of organisations that use plain English.

More about the Plain English Awards Trust

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