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

Service Delivery Manager

Peter McLellan

Peter joined Interpreting New Zealand in March 2020 at the start of the Covid 19 lockdown. He has a varied background giving him extensive experience in managing people, improving processes and implementing new systems in both the private and public sectors.

 

Peter has a strong sense of community and finds motivation in working within organisations that have a strong community involvement.

 

His focus is to ensure we continue to deliver quality Interpreting services through our highly trained and passionate team.

Contact Information

Mobile: 021 190 3825

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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 joining 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.

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 as a part-time Training Officer

Senior Office Administrator

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Jennifer

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 coordinator.

Contact Information

Phone: 04 916 2462

Email: info@interpret.org.nz

Appointment Coordinator

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Mariko

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 became a booking coordinator in 2015.

 

If you require an interpreter, please contact Mariko.

Contact Information

Phone: 04 384 2849

Email: request@interpret.org.nz

Canterbury Coordinator

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Maria

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

Nelson Coordinator

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Sanam

Sanam came to NZ from Pakistan where she worked for a number of years for multinational companies including GlaxoSmithKline and Barclays Bank. Her work experience there was primarily in customer service, financial assistance and human resources.  She knows four languages, and interprets between Urdu and English.

 

Please contact Sanam for information about interpreter training and interpreting services in Nelson and Marlborough

Contact Information

Mob: 022 412 0163

Email: nelson@interpret.org.nz

Dunedin Coordinator

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Xuan

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

Finance Administrator

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Gean

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, and is a first time grandmother (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

Database Administrator

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Leo

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 2020-2021 were elected in November 2020 in accordance with our constitution.

 

Board Members

 

Mary Collie-Holmes (Chair)

 

Robyn Pask (Chief Executive)

 

Alexandra Ganyusheva (Co-Treasurer)

 

Manar Swainson (Co-Treasurer)

 

Leo Saumure (Staff Representative)

 

Clement Swamappa

 

Elisapeci Waqanivala

 

Farah Khosravi

 

Idil Kaplan

 

Ismail Khallaf

 

Lana Sabitova

 

Michael Zino

 

Siobhan Leonard

 

Tracey Reid

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Chief Executive

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Robyn Pask

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2463

email: robyn.pask@interpret.org.nz

Service Delivery Manager

Peter McLellan

Contact Information

Mobile: 021 190 3825

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

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Senior Office Administrator

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Jennifer

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2462

email: info@interpret.org.nz

Appointment Coordinator 1

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Mariko

Contact Information

DDI: 04 384 2849

email: request@interpret.org.nz

Canterbury Coordinator

Canterbury Coordinator

Maria

Contact Information

DDI: 03 372 9311 Ext. 2

email: canterbury@interpret.org.nz

Nelson Coordinator

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Sanam

Contact Information

DDI: 022 412 0163

email: nelson@interpret.org.nz

Dunedin Coordinator

Dunedin Coordinator

Xuan

Contact Information

Mob: 022 126 3688

email: dunedin@interpret.org.nz

Finance Administrator

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Gean

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2461

email: finance@interpret.org.nz

Database Administrator

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Leo

Contact Information

DDI: 04 916 2466

email: leo.saumure@interpret.org.nz

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