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  • Joining Language Line

    Fast track your organisation's access to professional interpreting at Language Line.Photograph of hands shaking



  • Booking an interpreter


    For long appointments or special situations, book a professional telephone interpreter here.

  • Latest update from the Office of Ethnic Affairs

    Unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity

    Every month, the Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham offers his views and insights on ethnic diversity issues.

    In this update he asks how the potential of New Zealand's ethnic diversity can be unlocked.

  • Terms of use

    1.  Agreement to terms

    Welcome to the website of the Office of Ethnic Communities (the 'Site'), a website hosted and operated by the Department of Internal Affairs ('we', 'our', 'us', 'DIA'). These terms apply to the entire contents of the Site as well as to any web feeds produced by or displayed on the Site. By viewing and using the Site, you will be deemed to agree to these terms.

  • Interpreters

    Interpreter education, ethics, professional development and access to relevant literature.Photograph depicting an interpreter talking on the phone



  • Privacy policy

    1. Purpose

    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

  • Contact Language Line

    Language Line has an enthusiastic team ready to help with questions, resources and training.Language Line logo

  • About this site

    Site Owner

    This is site is owned and maintained by Office of Ethnic Communities,  Department of Internal Affairs (external site).