Becoming a Kiwi citizen
Becoming a New Zealand citizen is an attractive thing, according to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
Eighteen people took an oath or an affirmation, pledging loyalty to the Queen of New Zealand, Elizabeth II, and to faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand, at a citizenship ceremony at the Invercargill Council chamber on Tuesday.
Invercargill City Council chief executive personal assistant Michelle Chapman said so far this year, more than 60 people had become citizens of New Zealand in Invercargill, with 123 people taking the oath or affirmation.
Mayor Shadbolt said the number of citizenship ceremonies had dramatically increased the past 20 years. ‘‘When I first arrived as Mayor in 1993, we usually had one citizenship ceremony per year. Now we usually have one every month.’’
One possible reason for the increase was New Zealand’s political stability, he said. ‘‘I believe many of them see New Zealand as a safe haven from the tragic civil wars and terrorism that often occur in the Northern Hemisphere.
‘‘We are politically stable, there is relatively little crime or corruption and we are wealthy compared to most other countries in the world.’’
Four more citizenship ceremonies are planed to run in Invercargill this year.
Stepthen Kiragu Titus Muchoki, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and Anne Kaimuri Stephen Kiragu.