Plain Language Awards

Celebrate the stories of our clearest business communicators

2014 Awards shortlist

Congratulations to all organisations that made the shortlist! They're below in no particular order.

Plain English Champion — Best Organisation


Plain English Champion — Best Individual or Team

Ministry of Social Development
Inland Revenue
ANZ Wealth
Mercer (NZ) Limited

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

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand — Get Ahead Skills: My Planning My Preparation: Workbook
Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner — Understanding your electricity pricing plan, and electricity bill
Standards New Zealand — How are standards used in policy and legislation?
Family and Community Services — It’s Not OK campaign booklets
Accident Compensation Corporation — Knowing about managing your persistent pain
Parliamentary Service — Members’ Guide – The 51st Parliament
Commerce Commission — A series of six fact sheets for the health sector
NZ On Air — Statement of Intent 2014–2018
Commerce Commission — Know your rights as a consumer brochure
Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment — Environmental Reporting Series: 2014 Air Domain Report

Best Plain English Document — Private Sector

Conveyancing Solutions Limited — Sale Reporting Letter to Client
Skills Active Aotearoa — Information Sheets
ANZ Wealth — ANZ KiwiSaver Scheme Investment Statement
Mercer (NZ) Limited — Annual Report
Mercer (NZ) Limited — Annual Member Benefit Statement
Woods Creative Limited — PowerSmart DLE brochure and owner’s manual
MAS — MAS Contents Insurance
ANZ Wealth — ANZ Default KiwiSaver Scheme Investment Statement
Woods Creative Limited — Generation Homes Corporate Book
Woods Creative Limited — Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau Wood Processing flyer

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

NZ On Air —
Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner —
Inland Revenue —
Inland Revenue —
Cancer Society of New Zealand —
Careers New Zealand —
Commerce Commission —
Dental Council —
Commerce Commission —
Ministry of Education —

Best Plain English Website — Private Sector

Woods Creative Limited —
Woods Creative Limited  —
Mercer (NZ) Limited —
WooHoo NZ Tax Refunds —

Best Plain English Sentence Transformation

Xero — sentence from Foreign currency bank accounts
Xero — sentence from Tax Rates
Xero — sentence from Chart of Accounts
Statistics New Zealand — sentence from Income tables [web page]
Internal Affairs — sentence from website
MAS — sentence from MAS Rental Property House Insurance policy

Best Plain English Technical Communicator

Janet Green, Risk and Assurance team, Ministry of Social Development
Ros Black, Xero
Laura Southgate, Xero
Kylie McGrath, Xero
Melanie Shakespeare, AMP
Tatiana Mes, Mercer (NZ) Limited

Best Plain English Annual Report

Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner — Annual Report 2013–14
Beef + Lamb New Zealand — Annual Report 2012–2013
Environmental Protection Authority — Annual Report year ended 30 June 2013
Standards New Zealand — Standards Council Annual Report for the 12 months ended 30 June 2013
Mercer (NZ) Limited — Annual Report

Best Plain English Turnaround

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) — DataMATE User Guide
Capital & Coast District Health Board — Human Tissue Information for Patients
Statistics New Zealand — Standard for population terms
Statistics New Zealand — A Guide to Unemployment Statistics (Second Edition)
Spark New Zealand — Call Minder
Statistics New Zealand — Pre-notification Letter for the Household Labour Force Survey
MAS — MAS Motor Vehicle Insurance
MAS — MAS House and Contents Insurance

People’s Choice — Best Plain English Communication Limited —
Legal Beagle —
Succeed Legal —
East Marketing Communications —
Green Party —
Tāmanuhiri Tutu Poroporo Trust —
ANZ Wealth — ANZ KiwiSaver Scheme Investment Statement

People’s Choice — Worst ‘Brainstrain’ Communication

We can’t very well congratulate the ‘Brainstrain’ shortlist but here it is!

NZ Immigration — Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa
Earthquake Commission — Email about a simple repair job that hasn’t been sorted after 3 years (and 3 months)
Air New Zealand — Important Notices
Victoria University — Description of course (Live Theory)  [web page]
Air New Zealand — US Entry and Transit Requirements  [web page]