Our Team

Office Staff

Our team is composed of:

  • 7 staff members in Wellington
  • 2 Satellite Coordinators, one administrative staff member and one contracted employee
  • 250+ Interpreters

Our Staff

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Chief Executive

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Robyn Pask

Robyn joined Interpreting New Zealand in June 2010. She has extensive management and leadership experience, both in government and the private sector. While in her previous role with the Department of Labour, she worked closely with representatives from migrant and refugee communities and other government and non-government agencies involved in migrant and refugee settlement in New Zealand. She has a Bachelor of Education (Adult Education) and has been very actively involved in workplace training for a number of years, including two years managing a team of trainers across the Asia-Pacific region within a multi-national company.

 

The quality of Interpreting NZ’s service is second to none, and the office team, the trainers, and the interpreters are focused on making sure it stays that way. Contact Robyn if you have any questions or concerns about the quality of your interpreting experience, or the organisation in general.

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2463

Email: robyn.pask@interpret.org.nz

Training Manager

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Erwin LaCruz

Erwin has over 18 years of training experience, having taught at universities in New Zealand and Venezuela. He has been working for INZ since 2010. Before join Interpreting New Zealand, he worked as a lecturer in linguistics and as a translator and interpreter at the School of Modern Languages of the University of Los Andes, Venezuela.

 

His interest in languages is reflected in a solid academic background. He completed a PhD in Linguistics at Victoria University Wellington. He holds an MA in Phonetics from University College London, and a BA in Spanish and English literatures with a specialisation in translation from the University of Los Andes Venezuela. As a trainer, Erwin, integrates theoretical aspects of language and interpreting into a practical hands on approach to community interpreting.

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2466

Email: training@interpret.org.nz

Training Officer

Inna Palmer

Inna is a graduate of St.Petersburg University (Russia), majoring in English language and literature. She started her interpreting career during Moscow Olympic Games and worked as a translator and interpreter for various private businesses in Russia. She has 15 years of experience in teaching English and school administration. Inna settled in New Zealand in 1999 with her Kiwi husband Ross and their daughter Olga. For over ten years she has been working with families who have children adopted from Russia. She also worked as an ESOL teacher for nearly four years. Inna joined Interpreting New Zealand in 2007, received NAATI accreditation in 2008 and since September 2009 is a part-time Training Officer

Contact Information

Phone: 04 384 2849

Email: inna.palmer@interpret.org.nz

Senior Office Administrator

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Jennifer Quinn

Jennifer is from Taiwan. She has a BA in Japanese from Victoria University and is the senior office administrator at Interpreting New Zealand. She carries out a full range of administrative tasks. One of her main responsibilities is processing timesheets for the interpreters' fortnightly payments. Jennifer is also an after-hours coordinators.

Contact Information

Phone: 04 916 2462

Email: info@interpret.org.nz

Appointment Coordinator

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Mariko Hummel-Jibiki

Originally from Tokyo, Japan. Mariko has been living in Wellington since 2000. She began working as a Japanese interpreter with Interpreting New Zealand in 2011 and had come on as a booking coordinator in 2015.

 

If you require an interpreter, please contact Mariko.

Contact Information

Phone: 04 384 2849

Email: request@interpret.org.nz

Appointment Coordinator

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Vera George

Vera George is a request coordinator and matches the right interpreter to your requirements.

 

Prior to INZ Vera worked at IRD as a survey administrator and as a research assistant for her MSc Psychology supervisor.

 

Vera has extensive experience working with marginalised and vulnerable populations and brings that passion for helping people find a voice to her role at INZ.

Contact Information

DDI: 04 384 2849

Email: request2@interpret.org.nz

Finance Administrator

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Gean Burke

Gean is from  (Boracay Island) -  in The Philippines she arrived in New Zealand in 1987 and has been working for Interpreting New Zealand  since 2008. Gean is married to Tom with three adult children  a grandmother for the first time a (grandson). Gean handles the finance including payroll  for the staff and interpreters.

 

Contact Gean Burke for information regarding invoicing or anything related to financial services and payroll.

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2461

Email: finance@interpret.org.nz

Canterbury Coordinator

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Maria Fresia

Originally from Rome, Maria has been living in Christchurch for half of her life.

 

She is the Canterbury coordinator for Interpreting NZ and Italian interpreter.

 

In her role as coordinator, she is closely involved with the selection process of new interpreters, their ongoing professional development, while also representing Interpreting New Zealand at various forums/stakeholder groups and presenting our services to existing and potential clients.

Contact Information

DDI: 03 372 9311 Ext2

Email: canterbury@interpret.org.nz

Dunedin Coordinator

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Xuan Luo

Born and raised in mainland China, Xuan obtained a BA in Japanese Language from Guangxi University before coming to New Zealand. She completed an MA in Professional Studies in Translation at Auckland University in 2009 and became a full member of New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) as a translator. More recently she joined INZ as a Mandarin interpreter and later took on the role of Dunedin Coordinator.

 

Please contact her for enquiries regarding interpreting training and interpreting services in Dunedin.

Contact Information

Mob: 022 126 3688

Email: dunedin@interpret.org.nz

Nelson Coordinator

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Sanam Mukhtar

Sanam Mukhtar served in the multinational companies for years. She understands the community values, knows four languages and loves to meet people.She is qualified as a fully experienced Account Manager, HR Manager, Banking Consultant, Customer Service Specialist, Personal Assistant, Researcher and Administrator with more than 5 years of overall work experience. In her previous roles, she gained extensive experience meeting and greeting clients, assisting customers with their financial needs, negotiating with corporate clients to gain their businesses and responding efficiently and effectively to all customer inquiries. In GlaxoSmithKline, she was an Administrator and a Personal Assistant. Professionalism is an essential element of her  career. She is good at providing the positive financial assistance and customer service experience every time. Her responsibilities required her to process payments and follow up, build rapport with the customers and team. She enjoys working in an interactive environment. She retained the position of the top performer for consecutive six months at the Barclays Bank.

Contact Information

Mob: 022 412 0163

Email: dunedin@interpret.org.nz

Database Administrator

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Leo Saumure

Leo is one of the only non-bilingual speakers in the office. He has a passion for working in the non-profit sector and prior to arriving in New Zealand in 2007, he worked for 12 years with Canadian Blood Services.

 

A self-taught database administrator, Leo came on to Interpreting New Zealand to design and maintain their Interpreter Management System.

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2466

Email: leo.saumure@interpret.org.nz

Our Board

Some information about our board and it's role...

 

The following Board Members for 2016-2017 were elected in November 2016 in accordance with our constitution.

 

Board Members

 

Mary Collie-Holmes (Chair)

 

Robyn Pask (Chief Executive)

 

Demissie Diressie

 

Elisapeci Waqanivala

 

Hannah Brownsey

 

Inna Zadorozhnaya (Secretary)

 

Justine Pepperell

 

Leo Saumure (Staff Representative)

 

Manar Swainson

 

Mohamed Zewada

 

Pengbo Jiang

 

Sarjon Warde

 

Svetlana Sabitova

 

Zainab Radhit

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Chief Executive

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Robyn Pask

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2463

email: robyn.pask@interpret.org.nz

Training Manager

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Erwin LaCruz

 

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2466

email: training@interpret.org.nz

Training Officer

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Inna Palmer

Contact Information

DDI: 04 384 2849

email: inna.palmer@interpret.org.nz

Appointment Coordinator 1

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Mariko Hummel-Jibiki

Contact Information

DDI: 04 384 2849

email: request@interpret.org.nz

Appointment Coordinator 2

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Vera George

Contact Information

DDI: 04 384 2849

email: request2@interpret.org.nz

Canterbury Coordinator

Canterbury Coordinator

Maria Fresia

Contact Information

DDI: 03 372 9311 Ext. 2

email: canterbury@interpret.org.nz

Dunedin Coordinator

Dunedin Coordinator

Xuan Luo

Contact Information

Mob: 022 126 3688

email: dunedin@interpret.org.nz

Senior Office Administrator

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Jennifer Quinn

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2462

email: info@interpret.org.nz

Finance Administrator

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Gean Burke

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2461

email: finance@interpret.org.nz

Database Administrator

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Leo Saumure

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2466

email: leo.saumure@interpret.org.nz

Nelson Coordinator

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Sanam Mukhtar

Contact Information

DDI: 022 412 0163

email: nelson@interpret.org.nz

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