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Janet Gootjes, Chief Translator, BA Hons (Russian), DBA, NAATI III (German, French)
After completing her BA (Hons) at Otago University in 1982 Janet spent two years in Moscow studying Russian. She commenced employment at the Translation Service as a translator in 1988 and in 1994 she assumed the role of Chief Translator. Janet is currently completing a Master of Public Management degree. Her working languages include:
  • Russian
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch
Janet has been on secondment to the office of the Minister of Internal Affairs since October 2005.


Joanna Williams, Acting Manager, BA, MA(Hons), NAATI Translator (German, French)
Joanna completed degrees in German and French. She studied in Germany in 1994. After working in the banking and insurance industries for several years Joanna joined the Translation Service in 2003 and took on the role of Acting Manager in October 2005. Her main languages are:
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch

Leanne McCarty, Operations Manager, BA Hons (French), NAATI Translator (French)
Leanne joined The Translation Service in March 1999. She completed a BA (Hons) at Victoria University in French and Chinese in 1998. Leanne spent a year honing her French skills in Sion, Switzerland. She translates from French.


Bill Ashwell, Translator, BSc, MA (Japanese), NAATI III (Japanese, Spanish)
Bill joined The Translation Service in 1978. In 1985 he left the service to take up a three-year appointment with Fujitsu Australia as a technical Japanese translator. In 1988 he resumed employment with the Translation Service as a translator. Bill provides translations from:
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Scandinavian languages

Amy Zeng, Translator, BA, MA
Amy immigrated to New Zealand in 1993. She studied at Tsinghua University in China. Amy commenced employment at the Translation Service in 1994. Her working languages are:
  • Chinese
  • Korean

Patrick Geddes, Operations Manager, BA, Grad.DipTrans, NAATI Translator (German)
Patrick joined the Translation Service in January 2003. Patrick completed his degree in English and Modern Languages at the University of Auckland and then spent nearly five years working in Berlin in the tourism industry. He returned to New Zealand in 2002 and completed the one-year graduate diploma in translation studies at the University of Auckland. His working languages are:
  • German
  • French

Margaret Borshevsky, Assistant Translator, BA, MA, NAATI IV (Russian)
Margaret is a native speaker of Russian. She commenced part-time employment at the Translation Service in 1993. She is currently working on a translation of Osip Mandelshtam's poetry from Russian. Margaret's working languages are:
  • Russian
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • French

Katherine Dovey, Assistant Translator, NAATI Translator (French, Spanish)
Katherine has been working at the Translation Service since November 2004. Her working languages are:
  • French
  • Spanish

Jing Chen, Assistant Translator
JIng joined the Translation Service in August 2005. Her working language is Chinese.


Kelly Wilton, Assistant Translator, BA/BCom, PGDipTrans
Kelly commenced work at the Translation Service in October 2005. Her working languages are:
  • German
  • Spanish

Quintin Ridgeway, Assistant Translator, BA(Hons), NAATI Translator (German)
Quintin joined the Translation Service in December 2005. His working languages are:
  • German
  • Japanese

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