Tararua welcomes new citizens
Six new citizens were formally inducted on Thursday May 10 before friends and family in the Tararua Council Chambers, Dannevirke.
Three members of the Bauer family — Darryl, Bronwyn and Jeffrey — residents of Woodville — have been New Zealand residents for five years.
They moved from Durban in South Africa to New Zealand to give their children the kind of life they had when they were young, Bronwyn said.
Darryl builds petrol stations and works mostly away but they love living in Woodville.
Julia Chambers came from Britain 53 years ago with her parents, her dad being in the army.
With husband Ross she has moved about New Zealand but has been a resident of Woodville for 25 years. They have four sons — Clinton, James, Lance and Blair. Now she has citizenship Julia can get a passport and can visit her mother in Australia in time for her 80th birthday.
Stephen Lewis and Kiwi wife Heidi came from Somerset in England where they farmed, moving 17 years ago during the foot and mouth epidemic.
Stephen said he saw the opportunity to buy a farm at Weber and keeps pinching himself to confirm a life with everything he could have dreamed of is really true.
He and wife Heidi brought three children and raised another son in New Zealand.
Holli Twentyman moved to New Zealand from England with her family 10 years ago and married Michael.
After a time in Ashburton the couple moved to Kumeroa where they farm sheep and beef.
Holli works for Fonterra as well as being mum to Olivia and Cliff.
The ceremony includes a video presentation featuring a welcome by Governor General Patsy Reddy telling the new citizens that New Zealand is now not just your home but now your country.
Mayor Tracey Collis said Tararua will be enriched by their citizenship and welcomed them to the New Zealand family.
New citizens inducted on Thursday May 10 in the Tararua Council Chambers. From left: Deputy Mayor Allan Benbow, Ross Chambers, Julia Chambers, Holli Twentyman, Bronwyn Bauer, Darryl Bauer, Jeffrey and Bella-Kate, Mr Stephen Lewis, Mayor Tracey Collis.
Mayor Tracey Collis and Deputy Mayor Allan Benbow welcomed four citizens who were joined by their family and friends,at a ceremony held in the Pahiatua Service Centre Chamber on Wednesday May 9. (Left to right) Mrs Christiana Frank, Mayor Tracey Collis, Mr Edward Lawrence, Manoj Kumar and Christopher Light.