Plain Language Awards

Celebrate the stories of our clearest business communicators

Finalist: Best Plain Language Document — Public Sector

DI4OL project team, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga / Ministry of Education

Finalists Ministry of Education proudly show off their certificate and Award of Distinction | Michelle Greenwood and Alan Heward

Document name

DI4OL Privacy Impact Assessment: Plain language summary

Judges’ comments

This is a good example of how a plain language approach can be used to communicate technical information to everyday readers. Starting with a long and complex document, the authors have simplified or explained many of the technical terms and broken the material into small chunks. They’ve used short sentences and an accessible tone, and the end result is a simple, readable document that is much easier to understand than the original.

Media statement

Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, the Ministry of Education, is delighted to
be a finalist for this prestigious award, in recognition of the incredible mahi and
work our privacy and plain language experts delivered.

Their work was supported by the project team and the Ministry
Leadership Team. We’d also like to thank the 420 ākonga and students
across 20 kura and schools who provided valuable feedback during the

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa, thank you to everyone who contributed.
Helping people understand how information about students is protected
is an important part of our mahi and work supporting kura and schools.
As part of this, we recognise the importance of plain language and are
committed to championing it.

We are delighted with the recognition for our kaimahi and colleagues.
We also acknowledge the valuable work of all the participants in these
Awards, and their contributions to increasing the use of plain language.


Stuart Wakefield
Chief Digital Officer
Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga / Ministry of Education