• Budding social entrepreneurs meet for Wellington workshops

    A group of 12 budding social entrepreneurs have met in the Capital as part of the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ workshop in Wellington on the topic.

    The social enterprise model is seen as an alternative funding source for organisations which have traditionally received grants from the Government.

    It involves organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

    At the first workshop in Wellington on 8 December the 12 participants heard from four speakers.

  • Types of Interpreting

    Consecutive or simultaneous, sign language, through relay - the choice is yours.

  • Privacy policy

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    The purpose of this privacy policy is to let users of the Office of Ethnic Communities website (the “Site”) know when we collect personal information and what we do with it. We do not use, share or transfer personal information except as set out in this policy.

    Collection, storage and use

    2.  No need to disclose personal information

    The Site can be viewed and its web feeds can be subscribed to without the need to disclose any personal information to us.

  • How do I become a professional interpreter

    There are several institutions in New Zealand that have courses available. Unfortunately these courses are not known widely outside of New Zealand.

  • How do I become a Language Line interpreter

  • Language Line adds Indonesian

    Indonesian people who speak little or no English can now get a helping hand from the telephone interpreting service, Language Line. Check out more information at

    More than 80 government agencies use Language Line, run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, which encourages equal access to government services for all.

    The decision to add Indonesian to Language Line follows a steady increase of requests for this language and reflects the growing bonds between New Zealand and Indonesia.


  • Workshops

    The Office of Ethnic Communities runs workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the lefthand side menu for specific events.

    people attending a workshop

  • Ethnic diversity in the workplace

    An ethnically diverse workplace can bring many advantages and has been shown to benefit companies financially. The advantages include:

    • enabling better connections to an increasingly diverse customer base
    • promoting broader perspectives, greater innovation and effective problem solving
    • providing a competitive edge in the global economy by utilising overseas contacts for trade and investment
    • ensuring the widest pool of candidates is considered when recruiting.

  • How Language Line works - Tongan

    Logo of Language Line telephone interpreting serviceLanguage Line - sēvesi fakatonulea ‘i he telefoni´

    ‘Oku ngāue atu ‘a e Laine Fakatonulea´ (Language Line) mei he ‘aho: Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 2pm

    Ki ha lisi ‘o e Ngaahi Potungāue ‘oku kau mai´

    Ki ha lisi ‘o e ngaahi Lea´

  • How Language Line works - Spanish

    Logo of Language Line telephone interpreting serviceLanguage Line - Servicio telefónico de intérpretes

    El servicio Línea Lingüística “Language Line” está disponible de: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm

    Para obtener un listado de Agencias Participantes

    Para obtener un listado de Idiomas