Welcome to South Paw Translation

Hi! I’m Melanie Taylor. I’m a NAATI-accredited professional Japanese–English translator and trained interpreter based in Auckland, New Zealand. I have over ten years of experience, backed up by training and credentials. I translate, interpret, teach English & Japanese, proofread, edit, provide public relations services, and more.

Photo: Maiko Miyagawa
  • Do you deal with Japanese clients or business partners and require professional assistance to bridge the language gap between Japanese and English?

  • Do you have Japanese web content or documents that you want translated into fluent, natural English by an intuitive, accredited, experienced translator?

  • Do you need a certified English translation of an official Japanese document?

  • Do you want to effectively communicate in English or Japanese so that you can properly engage with your audience online, in print, or in person?

  • Do you need help navigating the internet in Japanese for business, leisure, research, travel, or another unique purpose?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then I can help you.

I am a Japanese–English language service provider who enjoys working with direct clients to ensure they receive attentive, tailored services and optimal results. Please contact me by email to discuss your needs.

I look forward to hearing from you.


My Company Name & Logo

I named my company, “South Paw Translation,” to represent myself as a creative left-handed translator who hails from the South Pacific. My logo reflects my friendly nature, my connection to Japan, and my hands-on, handcrafted approach to my work.

Photos: Maiko Miyagawa


Professional Affiliations

New Zealand Society of Translators & Interpreters (NZSTI) Member  

Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) Member

 Japan Association of Translators (JAT) Member

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