Photo of MariPazMariPaz was born in Madrid where she pursued her passion for the outdoors and studied a BSc in Geology. She married an adventurous Kiwi whom she met in a cave during an International Speleology Congress where she was working as an Interpreter, and has been living in New Zealand since the end of 1989. MariPaz is one of our longest standing freelance panel translators. She joined The Translation Service in 1992 after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce, Marketing and Tourism at Lincoln University. Her husband’s work took the family for a few years to Europe where she undertook Technical Translation studies in the UK, and became a Member of the British Institute of Linguists. MariPaz has travelled extensively and loves interacting with people from different cultures. Back in New Zealand she pursued NAATI accreditation and became a Member of the NZSTI; taught Spanish for many years at The University of Canterbury and set up Spanish Communications Limited. MariPaz enjoys being part of the team at The Translation Service.

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A: The simplicity of living by the sea, having enough work to live well and travel to exciting places; a good book to read, the companionship of family and friends and the pleasure to be able to exercise regularly.

Q: What is your greatest fear?

A: Losing my freedom

Q: Which person do you most admire?

A: My husband for his endurance, courage, determination and intelligence.

Q: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A: Sometimes I get carried away and say things that I shouldn’t have, or I should have said using a different tactic.

Q: What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A: The lack of transparency; deceiving people for their own purposes, hypocrisy and cowardice.

Q: What is your greatest extravagance?

A: To have married a kiwi and live in New Zealand.

Q: On what occasions do you lie?

A: Not sure. I don’t normally lie.

Q: What makes you happiest?

A: Being in the water, particularly in a sunny and warm day with the sun reflecting in the turquoise sea water and no time pressure.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

A: There are many things I could improve on but maybe my sense of direction which leaves a lot to be desired.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: My children, without any doubt

Q: If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?

A: A mermaid or a surfer (or even better if I could be both)

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: Our beach house

Q: Who are your heroes in real life?

A: I don’t have any heroes but admire old people that are young at heart and spirit.

Q: What is it that you most dislike?

A: To be limited by time

Q: What is your motto?

A: Make the most of what you’ve got and try to concentrate on the best that lies in others.

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