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.

Important information

Please note that from 1 October Language Line will no longer be operating. Its services will be replaced by Ezispeak. Ezispeak will provide on-demand telephone interpreting services for government agencies, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 180 languages. Read more about Ezispeak and the change of contract for language assistance 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. 

Known local services include:

Other Health Providers

Provider Phone 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
Credits: Editorial team.