Our achievements

We’ve grown from small beginnings in 1989 to become the largest plain language consultancy in the world. We’re at the forefront of the plain language movement in New Zealand, and a long-standing member of the international plain language community.

Image, Lynda Harris receiving the Christine Mowat Plain Language Achievement Award.

Dr Neil James and Christine Mowat present the Mowat Award to Lynda Harris (centre).

Winning an international plain language award

Our Chief Executive, Lynda Harris, won the prestigious Mowat Award for her ‘…significant contribution to advancing plain language at the local, regional, national, or international levels’.

Supporting plain language for New Zealanders

We’re the founding sponsor and host of New Zealand’s Plain English Awards. The Awards promote and celebrate clear language in public, legal, financial, and health information. The Awards also inspired the US ClearMark Awards.

Setting the bar for plain language

We administer the WriteMark® Plain English Standard — an international symbol of clarity awarded to documents written to a high standard of plain English.

Hosting Clarity2016

We hosted the Clarity2016 conference — an international event that focused on evidence-based, accessible writing in law, business, and government.

Helping businesses and government improve their bottom line

Over the years, we’ve produced compelling evidence of the link between an organisation’s writing style and its ultimate success. And we’ve developed techniques to help our clients change their writing culture for the better. Lynda Harris has distilled these gems in a book that shows how change is not only possible, but necessary for better business.

Rewrite: How to overcome daily sabotage of your brand and profit

Giving back

Many of our talented team actively support their own favourite charities and causes. As a company we give back a portion of our profits every year too. We particularly support the Life Flight Trust and the Wellington City Mission.

Our memberships

We support clear communication in New Zealand and overseas. We’re enthusiastic members of these professional associations.

Logo image, Center for Plain Language.

Image of logo, links to Clarity International website.

Image of logo, links to Diversity Works NZ website.Image of logo, International Association of Business Communicators.

Image of text, International Plain Language Federation.Image of logo, links to New Zealand Association for Training and Development website.

 

Image of logo, links to New Zealand Chambers of Commerce website.Image of logo, links to New Zealand Government Procurement website.

Image of logo, links to Plain Language Association International website.Image of logo, links to Sustainable Business Network website.

Image of logo, links to Technical Communicators of New Zealand website.

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