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Our Staff

Japanese Solutions Ltd

Rodney John Hellyer

Managing director – Translator (Japanese into English), interpreter, Japanese speaking guide

Graduate diploma in Translation Studies from the University of Auckland
Member Translator of NZSTI (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test 2012 – N1 (Level 1)

6 years work experience in the Japanese hotel industry
Over 15 years experience in translation

Translation: technical books including operation manuals, owner’s handbooks, workshop manuals

Makiko Hellyer

Managing director – Translator (English into Japanese), interpreter, Japanese speaking guide

BA in Anthropological Psychology from the University of Tsukuba, Japan
Certificate in Liaison Interpreting from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), NZ
Graduate diploma in Translation Studies from the University of Auckland, NZ
NAATI Accredited Translator (E to J)
Member Translator of NZSTI, Associate Interpreter of NZSTI
Passed Grade 1 of the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency

Translation: manuals, web-sites, product infos
Liaison interpreting in a various situations: New Zealand public service departments, businesses and farms

Glen McCabe

Senior translator (Japanese into English), interpreter, Japanese speaking guide

MA (Canterbury), BMS (Hons) (Waikato)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test 2011 – Level 1
NAATI Accredited Professional Translator (Japanese into English)
Member translator of NZSTI, Associate Interpreter of NZSTI

Over nine years’ experience studying and working in Japan, including four years at university, and four seasons as an in-house translator/interpreter for rugby teams alongside running a sportswear business.

Lara Yamamoto

Translator (Japanese into English) and interpreter

Japanese Language Proficiency Test 2006 – Level 1 (levels 5-1, with 1 being the highest)
Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies from the University of Auckland (2007)
Member translator of NZSTI

Over 6 years experience studying and working in Japan, including two years working as an assistant English language teacher at public schools and a further two years working for a Japanese patent attorney. Lara also taught the Advanced Translation Practice paper on the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies at Auckland University.

Translation: Business documents, marketing material, technical manuals, literary translation, native check

Yosefu Ueno

Translator (English into Japanese) & interpreter

MA in Translation and Interpreting (Macquire University), Graduate Diploma in Teaching Japanese (University of Technology, Sydney)
NAATI Accredited Professional Translator (English into Japanese)
Member translator of NZSTI

Lived in Australia for 11 years, and lived in the US for 2 years
Over 10 years of experience in Translation since 2000 – translated technical documents for a major computer service & consulting company as an in-house translator, and also worked as a journalist/translator for an Australian agency of a Japanese economic/business news agency. As a freelance translator, Yosefu also translated in-flight magazines for a major Australian airline company.

Translation: Information communication technology, sales materials, government agency, aviation, legal, current affairs, literature

John Letcher

Translator (Japanese into English), interpreter and sales representative

Diploma in Japanese studies at Auckland Institute of Technology (now Auckland University of Technology)
Lived in Australia for 2 years, and also lived in Japan for 9 years

Experienced Japanese speaking tour guide.
Held roles at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Auckland office, and was a sales representative at Cambridge University Press Japan for nine years before returning to New Zealand.

Translation: Business documents, marketing material, automotive and native check
DTP: Decals and manuals for local and overseas customers

Garth Morton

Translator (Japanese into English) and interpreter

BA Japanese with Award for Academic Excellence from Unitec, Auckland (2007)
Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies from the University of Auckland (2011)
Member Translator of NZSTI

Over five years’ experience teaching English, and four years’ working as freelance translator

Translation: software localization, technical manuals, native check

Andrew Barton

Translator (Japanese into English) and interpreter

BA in Japanese (major) and Economics (minor) (Auckland)
Secondary teaching diploma (Canterbury)
Japanese Proficiency Test N1

Studying Japanese for 13 years.
Worked 3 years on the JET programme as a CIR (coordinator of international relations) in a Japanese International Association.

Translation: marketing materials. Technical manuals, native check

Yutaka Kato

Translator (English into Japanese) and interpreter

MA in Translation Studies from University of Auckland (2007)
Member Translator of NZSTI

Living in NZ for 19 years, and translating for 12 years.
Experienced tour-guide and interpreter.

Translation: manuals, software strings, websites, official certificates
Interpreting: manufacturing, agriculture, local authorities, social welfare institutes, hospitals, police