A service of the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust

Providing Solutions in over
50 languages

Our Ethics

  • Accuracy

  • Confidentiality

  • Impartiality

  • Professionalism

  • Cross-Cultural understanding

About Us

Decypher is the only professional interpreting/translating agency in the Waikato and is the main source of language support for the Waikato Hospital, the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Courts, the NZ Police, various prisons, the Immigration Department and other key clients.

Decypher was established by the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust (the HMS Trust) in 1999, as the Hamilton Interpreting Service (HIS) out of concern for the gaps between basic services and people of different cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Their strategic focus was to help refugees and immigrants settle successfully by improving access to these services; and creating awareness amongst receiving communities.

Today Decypher has a team of over 120 professional interpreters that have been trained by Decypher to work specifically in a community setting (as opposed to working in very formal settings for such agencies as the United Nations etc). We cover over 50 languages and carry out an average of 350-400 assignments per month in the Waikato and surrounding regions.

Interpreting/Translation in the Business World
Decypher provides interpreters regularly to businesses to assist with communication in a wide variety of situations. Some of these are to support international visitors, aid with the installation and/or maintenance of plant or equipment where international contractors are being used, and HR meetings with staff who have English as a second language.

Decypher also has a group of regular corporate clients that require the translation of various written documents including legal documents, mechanical service manual, website scripts and medical records.As part of its commitment to its clients, Decypher provides training and mentoring for anyone that is new to working with interpreters.

What is an Interpreter?

An interpreter is someone who relays spoken messages where language is a barrier to communication; and is often called upon to work in communities, private settings, the Health, Justice, Immigration and other Government Ministries.

Decypher provides a Consecutive Interpreting service. The interpreter allows the speaker to complete a thought or statement before giving an interpretation.


Types of interpreting available are:

Face to face

Decypher interpreters visit the client and relay accurately and completely in the first person what each party says in an appointment. Face-to-face interpretations are usually done at the service provider’s location. The interpreter is present in person with both persons for whom interpreting is provided.

  • Face-to-face interpreting is best used:
    When it is important the message is relayed accurately

Telephone interpreting

Interpreting is carried out remotely with the interpreter connected by telephone to one or both of the parties. Telephone interpretations can take place from any location.

Clients appointment confirmation and confirmation of language spoken

Decypher interpreters can phone your client:

  • To confirm the date and the time of appointment;
  • To relay a message;
  • To confirm the language your client speaks.

Interpreting Fees

Interpreting Fees as at 1 December 2019
All fees are GST exclusive

Office Hours

(8am to 8pm Monday to Friday)

Face to face
First hour………………..$97.00 (minimum charge)
Subsequent time………$17.50 per 15 minutes

Per 15 minutes………..$25.00 (minimum charge)

After Hours

(8pm to 8am Monday to Friday, all weekends & public holidays)

Face to Face
First hour…………………$130.00 (minimum charge)
Subsequent time……….$23.75 per 15 minutes

Per 15 minutes………..$30.00 (minimum charge)

Cancellations & Reschedules

Face to Face
Less than 2 hours notice………….$97.00
2 to 24 hours notice……………….$60.00

Telephone Service
Less than 2 hours notice………….$25.00

Other charges

Telephone confirmation……..$18.00 per phone call
Mileage……………………………..$0.82 per km (only applies for assignments outside City boundary, or after hours)
Travel time…………………………$60.00 per hour (only applies for assignments outside City boundary)

Community Rate

for Not-for-profit organisations

Face to Face
Hourly rate – Office hours……..$48.00 (minimum charge)
Hourly rate – After hours……..$60.00 (minimum charge)

Telephone Service
Per 15 minutes…………..$15.00 (minimum charge)
After hours…………………$20.00 ( per 15 minutes)

Cancellation fee with less than 4 hours notice – minimum charge

** Note When the actual time of an assignment is significantly less than the booked time Decypher may charge for the difference. There will be a minimum charge of $97.00 for the first hour of the booking, any subsequent hours booked will be charged at $60.00 per hour.

**All fees are subject to a public holiday surcharge

What is translating?

It is the act or process of converting documents from one language to another.

Decypher can translate most documents

  • For immigration;
  • Personal documents;
  • Legal documents;
  • Magazines
  • International Driver’ Licences

International Driver’s Licences:

Decypher can now translate international driver’s licences. This service is approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency and is provided in collaboration with Echo Translating & Interpreting Service. For more information or to use this service contact us

An urgent service is available.

Decypher will provide a free quote. Please visit Decypher’s office or e-mail your document to translation@decypher.co.nz

Translating Fees

All fees are GST exclusive

Hourly Rate……………………………….$60.00 (minimum charge)
Urgent Rate (within 48 hours)………$80.00 per hour (minimum charge)

Community Rates

for Not-for-profit organisations

Translation Hourly Rate……………….$50.00 (minimum charge)

Interpreting Languages Available


Bislama (Vanuatu)
Cambodian / Khmer
Cook Island Maori
Farsi / Persian
Fiji Hindi

Isindebele Nbebele


Our Staff/ Contact Us

Phone – (07) 853 0480

After hours Phone– 0274792419

Fax – (07) 838 2195.

Email – info@decypher.co.nz

Language Services Manager
Leanne Salisbury

Accounts Officers/ Staff Interpreters
Divya Anand (Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu)
Karmjeet Kaur (Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu)

Interpreter Coordinators/Staff Interpreters
Ruby Liu (Mandarin/Cantonese)
Sopheap Chhim (Cambodian)
Shivangi Kachhala (Gujarati)

Translation Coordinator
Ruby Liu

Business Development Consultant
Jeshica Vargas

News and Events

1 year ago

Some significant changes to the phone numbers for InfoNOW.....these change on Monday 15 April 🙂

1 year ago
Decypher Interpreting + Translating

Reminder about the interpreter training course information session on Monday 15 April @ 6pm. Come along to learn about the training course and being an interpreter for Decypher 🙂

Decypher's 2019 training course for interpreters will be starting in April. Come along to an information night on Monday 15 April @ 6pm if you are interested to find out more 🙂

1 year ago

Thoughts and prayers going out to everyone in New Zealand, but particularly those in Christchurch, on this dark day ❤❤

1 year ago

Decypher's 2019 training course for interpreters will be starting in April. Come along to an information night on Monday 15 April @ 6pm if you are interested to find out more 🙂

1 year ago

Reminder, We are having a Mums to be and new mums morning tea tomorrow morning 12th Feb at the Settlement Centre Waikato at 10am. Bring something to share for morning tea. See you there!

1 year ago
Ministry of Youth Development fund opening | ethniccommunities.govt.nz

Migrant and refugee youth are being encouraged to apply for these two funds.........check them out!

The Ministry of Youth Development are set to open two new funding streams: Youth Development and Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. 

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Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust
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Hamilton 3247, New Zealand

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