Interpreter services

Interpreter services are available in most areas of New Zealand for hospital and primary care visits. This page provides an overview and links to key services.

Official languages

New Zealand has three official languages: English, Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. 

Most common languages in NZ

According to the NZ Census 2013 data, the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand are: 

  1. English
  2. Te Reo Māori
  3. Samoan and
  4. Hindi.

Interpreter services

A number of District Health Boards fund local Interpreter Services for hospital and primary care visits. Others link into Language Line - a telephone interpreter service provided by the Government through the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs.

Known local services include:

Language Line

To find a hospital or medical service near you who has access to Language Line, view the list below.

  • 44 languages are available - view pdfs explaining the service in each language
RegionDistrict Health BoardPhone number

Northland

Northland District Health Board

09 430 4100

Auckland

Auckland District Health Board

09 367 0000

Waitemata District Health Board

0800 809 342

Waikato

Waikato District Health Board

07 839 8899

Waikato District Health Board - Screening Services

07 834 3631

Taranaki

Taranaki District Health Board

06 753 6139

Manawatu

MidCentral District Health Board

06 356 9169

Wellington

Capital & Coast District Health Board

04 385 5999

 

Interpreting NZ

04 384 2849

Nelson / Marlborough

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

03 546 1800

Christchurch

Interpreting NZ

04 384 2849

Otago / Southland

Southern District Health Board - Otago

03 474 7930

Southern District Health Board - Southland

03 218 1949

Other Health Providers

ProviderPhone number

Ambulance

111

BreastScreen Aotearoa Akld, Wgtn, Blen, Chch, Nelson and Timaru Regions only

0800 270 200

Family Planning

Local clinic

Healthline

0800 611 116

Mary Potter Hospice

04 389 5017

National Poisons Centre

0800 764 766

Northern Southland Medical Trust Lumsden Maternity Care

03 248 7050

Plunket

0800 933 922

SAMCL Limited Maternity Care

09 263 4012
Credits: Editorial team.