Interpreting New Zealand

InterpretingNew Zealandis a not-for-profit organisation that trains and provides professional interpreters, in some 70 different languages, to work onsite (in person) or by telephone. Our interpreters travel to different regions ofNew Zealandand handle calls from within the country and overseas. Our services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including public holidays.

Agencies using our services meet the costs involved, so that the interpreter is free to non-English speakers. Trainee interpreters are generally native speakers of the language other than English, and are recruited from local refugee and migrant communities. We also provide sign language interpreters for the Deaf.

In addition, we advocate, where appropriate, for the rights of interpreters and speakers of other languages, and train people in how to use interpreters effectively.

Visit the Interpreting NZ website for more details.

Projects 2012
Training courses for new interpreters

InterpretingNew Zealandis running two introductory interpreting courses inWellingtonand two inChristchurchduring 2012 to boost the numbers of trained interpreters available, particularly for languages in high demand by new groups of migrants and refugees.  InterpretingNew Zealand’s training and assessment criteria ensure that those who need interpreters will get trained professionals working on their behalf:  interpreters who are skilled in both their own language and English, who interpret fully and accurately, who maintain confidentiality, and who understand and stay strictly within the boundaries of their role – all part of our Interpreter Code of Ethics.

Details of the training course dates and application forms are available on our website:  www.interpret.org.nz 

Training for users of interpreters

For Race Relations Day 2012 we will be running workshops for Christchurch City Council staff on working effectively with interpreters.  As part of the Wellington Refugee Health & Wellbeing Action Plan, in conjunction with Regional Public Health, we will run two workshops for health professionals in theWellingtonregion during the year.

We can provide tailored training for any groups who want to improve communication when language imposes a barrier.  We welcome contact from anyone interested:  info@interpret.org.nz .

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