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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


Services › Translation Service - Te Pūtahi Whakawhiti Reo

The Translation Service provides professional translation services to:

  • businesses
  • central and local government
  • education providers
  • private individuals
We are an accredited agency for the New Zealand Immigration Service, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the NZ Transport Agency and the Citizenship Section at the Department of Internal Affairs.

We operate within the Department of Internal Affairs as a stand-alone business. Our skilled translators can translate any type of document from and/or into over 70 languages and offer a comprehensive range of translation services, specialising in technical, medical, legal, commercial and general documents. With the skills and the resources to provide a perfect translation every time, we can translate your:
  • business card
  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • police clearance certificate
  • employment references
  • educational qualifications
  • medical reports
  • business correspondence
  • personal letters
  • promotional material
  • websites.
Other services
Please contact us if you have any other translation requirements, and we will be happy to assist where possible.

Arabic translations of New Zealand passports
If you require an Arabic translation of your passport in order to obtain a visa to enter Libya, please contact the Special Operations section of the Passports office on 0800 22 50 50.

Quality assurance
All of our translations are carried out by a native speaker of the target language. We use the translator with the background most suited to a particular assignment. This ensures translations read well and do not sound "like a translation". All of our work is proofread and edited by a second translator to ensure translations are error-free. Our thorough proofing process means you can be sure that the work we return to you is a true and accurate translation of the original.

We have extensive resources in terms of specialist dictionaries and access to on-line dictionaries so that you can have confidence in the accuracy of our translations.

We understand the importance of meeting deadlines. We also understand that quality is affected when a job is rushed. The Translation Service will not compromise on quality. If we cannot meet your deadline we will not accept the assignment. We aim to give realistic timeframes and ensure that all translations are completed and returned to you within the agreed timeframe.

Selective translations into English of birth, marriage and similar short certificates NZ$50.00 (GST inclusive). We require the originals of such certificates - photocopies are not acceptable.

For all other material we can provide an obligation-free quote once we have seen the material. Prices will vary according to the nature of the text to be translated and the number of words.