Plain Language Awards

Celebrate the stories of our clearest business communicators

Our sponsors

Huge thanks to our sponsors, who make the Plain Language Awards possible

Platinum sponsors

We’re all about clear communication and celebrating achievement against a standard — just like the Plain Language Awards.

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.

We’re pleased to offer a complimentary WriteMark mini-assessment of a business document to each attendee at the Plain Language Awards ceremony.

Write Limited

As New Zealand’s premier plain language consultancy, we believe in the social, ethical, and financial benefits that come from communicating in plain language. We help our clients to form better relationships with their own customers and stakeholders. We sum up our work in the tagline ‘using the power of words for good’.

That’s why we’re a proud sponsor of the Plain Language Awards. Supporting the Awards fits perfectly with our business values and our B Corp certification. (And it’s no coincidence that our CE Lynda Harris founded the Awards more than 18 years ago!)

We look forward to congratulating all the winners and finalists, and to working on a prize project with the winner of the award for Plain Language Champion — Best Organisation. We also provide sponsorship in the form of Awards administration and project management. And we offer a complimentary place on any of Write Limited’s 1-day open workshops for each winner in the Plain Language Awards.

View CE Lynda Harris’s video in our gallery

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For more than 20 years, humanitarians Chloe and Wayne Wright have been the driving force behind the Wright Family Foundation. They’ve tirelessly dedicated their time and made generous financial contributions to improve the lives and prospects of New Zealanders, focusing particularly on mothers and children.

The Wright Family Foundation is a valued sponsor of the Plain Language Awards. We gained so much from having Chloe Wright as Patron of the Awards until her recent passing. We are sad to lose her, but her legacy will continue.

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

Graphic Solutions is a valued sponsor of the Awards, lending their particular design flair to the Awards branding and publications.

Craig Christensen explains in a video why he’s a believer in the Awards and a long-term sponsor.

View Craig Christensen’s video in our gallery


Gold sponsors


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Newsroom is an independent, New Zealand-based news and current affairs site. We deliver in-depth storytelling for thinking audiences with an interest in the people, progress, and democracy of Aotearoa. Our team of experienced, award-winning journalists produces quality written and video stories that set the national news agenda and inform intelligent conversations at every level of New Zealand life.

Newsroom is the valued media partner for the Plain Language Awards.

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Streamliners improves the health and wellbeing of people around the world by enabling:

  • community — collaborating globally for local impact
  • conversations — agreeing about what will work around here
  • clarity — offering clear guidance at the point of care.

We work in high trust relationships with health, social care, and education organisations in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to deliver HealthPathwaysStronger Schools, and GPDocs.

Plain language supports our goal of clarity and is central to how our writers make a difference in the world. We’re passionate about quality content, and keen to help the Awards spread the good news about plain language.

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TechCommNZ sits at the heart of technical communication in New Zealand.

We are here to support, educate, and encourage technical communicators around the country. We provide regular networking and professional development opportunities. We champion the use of plain language.

Through our work, we are building a stronger, more future-focused profession that is making a significant contribution to New Zealand organisations.

View TechCommNZ’s video in our gallery


Silver sponsors

We help businesses and organisations to promote themselves more cost-effectively. We’ve been doing this for over 15 years so we are pretty good at it. As well as a large variety of print services, we can also take care of your design, creative and web requirements and offer some pretty nifty online solutions. Best of all, we’re real people and we’re local to you. is proud to sponsor the Plain Language Awards for the seventh year running.

We see the Awards as 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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Consumer has supported the Awards since they began. The aims of the Awards are a natural fit for Consumer’s mission.

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

Bronze sponsors

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The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand Te Pūtahi Whakakakau Tūmatanui o Aotearoa (PRINZ) is the industry body for public relations and communication management professionals in Aotearoa.

Our purpose is to enhance the capability and professionalism of public relations practitioners through professional development opportunities and promote public understanding of public relations through advocacy. Established in 1954, the Institute today has a community of more than 1,000 members who are committed to professional standards and bound by a Code of Ethics.

We’re pleased to support the Plain Language Awards — we and our members couldn’t do our jobs without clear communication!

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We’re proud to support the Awards, as its mission is aligned to ours.

The Community Comms Collective is a registered charity that offers voluntary communications expertise to community organisations and works to lift capability in the community sector.

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Our award-winning software can help you transform your writing into a clear, concise and readable style. The savings to individuals and organisations in time, administration and increased sales are massive.

Editor Software provides StyleWriter plain English editing software as prizes for the winners.

Informed Investor logo

Informed Investor (formerly JUNO) is a New Zealand luxury investment and lifestyle magazine which explains in plain language your financial options and how to build wealth. It covers the share market, property investment, KiwiSaver, personal finance, the economy, books, travel, and all the good things in life you can buy when you invest wisely.

Bring On Monday provides accounting, business coaching, and bookkeeping services for kiwi entrepreneurs.

Without the right expert by your side, business can be tough. We’ve thought long and hard about the unique needs of business owners, and we know numbers and tax are just the beginning. Whether you want to free up time, increase profit, give back to the community, or build personal wealth, we take time to chart your course.

Being part of accounting industry, we know that technical terminology and jargon makes life difficult for small business owners, and can even lead them astray. Therefore we understand the value of using plain English, and are proud to be a sponsor of the Plain Language Awards.

Big World Zoo is a Video Content creation company with a proven track record of 20+ years delivering your stories from script to screen.

This year, we are sponsoring livestreaming the Awards ceremony, so that everyone can join in.

Grouse Lighting, based in Wellington, has been lighting events both locally and nationally since 1984.

With a strong grounding in theatre, we base our business on providing high quality lighting equipment and exceptional design services for corporate events, private functions, concerts and theatre productions. 

In a valley forged by fault lines, carved by winds, drenched by sun and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, our wines are the essence of the Awatere

The Awatere Valley is windy, dry, stony and harsh, with hot days and cold nights that create extraordinary wines. Those extremes are heightened at the exposed Breloft Vineyard, where vines teeter at the edge of the Awatere River, buffeted by winds from the nearby Pacific Ocean. They dig their roots deep through rocky soils to survive, and produce wines of elegance, with a minerality and crisp clean acidity that are unique to our sliver of land in the heart of the Awatere Valley.

Eradus wines are pleased to sponsor some of our wines for the Awards ceremony this year.

HardKase Audio sponsor logo

Here at HardKase Audio, we provide equipment and professional crew to cater to your needs, no matter how big or small. From conception to reality, getting it right every step of the way through meticulous planning is what we do best. With years of experience in New Zealand’s live sound, multimedia & AV industries, we have the know-how to make your next event successful.

Our wide variety of services specialise in live sound, event recording and live streaming, multimedia post-production, production management, equipment hire and more. We are proud to be one of the sponsors for this year’s Plain Language Awards.

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