NZSTI Conference June 2020

Organisers - NZSTI Auckland Branch

This year's conference is being organised by members of the NZSTI Auckland Branch Committee. Having made the difficult decision to move our annual conference online, we are excited to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this format and to bring a stimulating and relevant programme to the NZSTI membership.


Kathryn Malan

NZSTI Auckland Branch President

Kathryn has been an active member of the Auckland Branch Committee since 2017 and became Branch President in 2020. She also joined the national council in 2019, helping to organise professional development events and managing NZSTI’s Facebook page and Twitter profile. In 2020 she took up the role of treasurer on the council.

Kathryn has been working as a French to English translator since 2010, both in New Zealand and France. She runs a successful freelance translation business with a focus on tourism, motorhome and website texts. Her favourite lockdown activity is baking!


Diana Renker

NZSTI Secretary, Auckland Branch Vice President

Diana works as a German-English translator, editor, subtitler and project manager in Auckland. Her experience of working both as a project manager for a local translation agency and as a freelance translator has given her a unique insight into the T&I profession.

Diana enjoys working alongside her colleagues to promote and support fellow professionals. And while she challenges Hannah to the title of 'least likely to get up early voluntarily', unfortunately her oven was broken for most of 2020 so baking did not feature high on her list of lockdown activities.


Hannah Burdekin

Auckland Branch Secretary

Originally from the UK, Hannah completed a Diploma in Translation Studies at the University of Auckland in 2016 and has since been working as a German to English translator, specialising in medical and clinical trial texts.

When not working or organising her children, she can probably be found cooking up a storm, singing with her choir or fitting in the odd bit of furniture restoration. Most likely to be overheard saying ’Trim flat white please’. Least likely to get up early voluntarily.


Michèle Ryan


Michèle is the long-standing Treasurer for NZSTI's Auckland Branch. She interprets between French and English in healthcare settings.


Ying Becky Zhang

Committee member

Ying Becky Zhang is a mother of two boys. She used to be a university lecturer in China and now works as a full time professional interpreter and translator in New Zealand.


Ruth Tizón de Qureshi

Committee member

Ruth is an AUT Graduate Interpreter working as an EziSpeak (former Language Line) Phone Interpreter, Ministry of Justice/Court and MIF Interpreter. Ruth’s interpreter journey started in 2015 with a Masters in Applied Psychology, which has proven useful when interpreting in various physical and mental health settings. She also performs simultaneous and consecutive interpreting for private clients. Ruth has recently been appointed as a Justice of the Peace in New Zealand and is planning to undertake research studies on interpreting in New Zealand mental health settings.


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