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Interpreting New Zealand was established in 1993 as the first comprehensive interpreting service in New Zealand. We initially provided onsite interpreters and in 1997 expanded our services to include the provision of telephone interpreters. In response to increased demand, we set up a permanent Christchurch branch in Canterbury and currently have coordinators and face to face services in Auckland, Dunedin, Nelson and Blenheim.

We provide and train community interpreters, and advocate for the rights and needs of interpreters and speakers of languages other than English.



Aotearoa is free from language barriers.

Mission Statement

People in New Zealand have access to interpreting services of the highest professional and ethical standards.

Interpreter at doctor's appointment.
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  • High ethical standards guide all we do

  • Effective communication to access services equitably

  • High quality interpreting to facilitate effective communication

  • With clearer, more accurate communication, time and money can be saved

  • Equity of access to government services must be ensured for all who live in NZ

  • Neutrality is essential in all interpreting work and in our interactions with user agencies

  • Interpreters are matched to each client to ensure cultural, linguistic and individual appropriateness

I recommend Interpreting New Zealand because their interpreters are well-trained, well-managed and carefully monitored.

Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group

I recommend Interpreting New Zealand as it’s easy to connect with an interpreter who has the language a client wants-it just needs one phone call or email.

Child Youth and Family Services

Interpreting New Zealand interpreters are true professionals – they are aware of professional boundaries and the confidential nature of information.

New Zealand Red Cross

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