October 2012

I need a translator

To translate is to convey the meanings of written words into another written language.Photograph depicting a working translator

Booking an interpreter


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

Latest update from the Office of Ethnic Affairs

Director, Mervin Singham, talks about unlocking the potential of ethnic diversity

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.

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



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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.