What's new

  • ‘Symphony in motion’ assists ambulance service

    The Natraj School of Dance’s annual production “Namasankeerthanam – a symphony in motion” raised $1500 for the Wellington Free Ambulance.

  • Profile of a new Office of Ethnic Affairs staff member Alan Edwards

    Photograph of Alan Edwards

    New Office of Ethnic Affairs Policy Analyst Alan Edwards is relishing the challenges of his first government job.

  • Types of Interpreting

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

  • Why Use Professional Interpreting?

    Ensure your business is conducted appropriately. Find out about the growth of a global phenomenon, interpreting.

  • I need a translator

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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