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Happy holidays!

The weather is warm and sunny, half of the team has left the office, if not the city, and everyone is eating chocolates – the signs don’t lie: Christmas is upon us and 2015 draws to an end. Continue reading “Happy holidays!”

The Translation Service featured in the Department of Internal Affair's internal magazine in 1988 after the work they did for the Antartica Conference
The Translation Service featured in the Department of Internal Affair’s internal magazine in 1988 after the work they did for the Antartica Conference

Thank you for coming!

Happy International Translation Day 2015

The time has come again to celebrate International Translation Day! True to tradition, the Translation Service is holding an event tonight to mark the date. We’ve invited all our freelance translators and revisers to celebrate our profession together and say ‘thank you’ for the work they’ve done over the year.

Unfortunately, many are based outside of Wellington, and won’t be able to attend. We’ll take some photos of the event and post them here, but we hope that you will celebrate in some way! Continue reading “Happy International Translation Day 2015”

Welcome Maria!

It’s been a while since we last gave you some news from the office so we thought it was high time we told you what was going on in our little corner of the world.

As many of you already know, Lisa left on maternity leave at the end of March to give birth to little Rhys, a healthy, wee cutie, and came to visit us before her 3-month trip to Ireland. She will return to the office at the beginning of next year if all goes according to plan. Continue reading “Welcome Maria!”

Translation project manager wanted

As mentioned in an earlier post, Lisa is now gone on maternity leave, and we’re looking for a project manager extraordinaire to cover her absence.

Are you a professional translator, or do you have experience with multilingual communications? Do you know what it takes to provide great customer service, and high quality translations? Do you have experience using InDesign for publishing? Do you have an eye for detail? If your answer to all these questions is yes, then we’d love to hear from you.

For more information please visit this page.

Buck, celebrations and new adventures

It’s been a while since our last round of office news… and so much has happened – or is about to happen!

‘Wee Buck’ is coming!

Picture of Lisa holding a potted plant
Lisa is expecting ‘wee Buck’

Yesterday was Lisa’s last day before going on maternity leave. As some of you already know Lisa is now heavily pregnant, and should give birth to ‘wee Buck’ (as she calls the baby) pretty soon. We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments, and on the baby’s name too.

Amy, Jing and Linh organised a little baby shower last week to celebrate Lisa’s and Aaron’s new adventure. Current and former team members were among us, and everyone was made to sing a lullaby – thankfully no one recorded the event.

As you can imagine, Lisa’s departure will leave a big – temporary – gap to fill. The plan so far is for her to return to the office in 2016. In the meantime we will be looking at recruiting someone to cover for this period. You should find out more soon.

Picture of Quintin holding his rabbit
Quintin brought Bunny to work

Closed for Easter

Today is our last day before Easter weekend. The office will be closed tomorrow Friday 3 April and will reopen on Tuesday 7 April. To celebrate the upcoming long weekend, our manager Quintin brought in one of his rabbits for some bunny cuteness and morning tea. The event was very popular with everyone in the building.


We’ve now starting using XTM and some of you have already created accounts and logged into the system. One thing we discovered is that you didn’t get access to the job information that we added to each project. For now, we’ve decided to add this information in a separate reference file. Please make sure you open it as it will include specific instructions and job details.

We’re also interested in hearing your thoughts, so feel free to send us feedback.

We’re moving (again)

Our office will soon move again to a more central location in Wellington. We will let you know when that happens, and where we’re moving to. Feel free to come and visit us in our current office!

The Translation Service, we understand

You’re always a bit surprised when you go through old stuff, and The Translation Service is no exception! We came across some interesting files when we were going through our archives… Did you know that in 2000-2002, TTS ran an advertising campaign on television and radio?

Our slogan was ‘The Translation Service, We Understand’.

Meet the team!

We’ve put together a short e-learning module to introduce The Translation Service and the team to our freelance translators and welcome new ones on board. Many of you are based all around the world, which means that we haven’t been able to meet many of you in person. This module will be a virtual subsitute… until we can meet you in real life!

Click the image below and let us know what you think!

Starting page of the Welcome to The Translation Service module

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