New Tararua citizens welcome
Ten new citizens who took their oath or affirmation in Dannevirke on Tuesday were fulfilling their hopes and dreams which brought them to New Zealand.
The 10, from Samoa, Fiji and South Africa have chosen to make Tararua their home, but Tararua District mayor Tracey Collis, who welcomed them all in Ma¯ ori, said their New Zealand citizenship doesn’t diminish their own heritage, culture and background.
“We will be enriched by your culture and we are fortunate to have so many diverse nationalities here today. I hope you feel at home amongst us. You will enjoy freedom and privileges secured and maintained by a past generation. New Zealand is no longer just your home, it is your country.”
Collis said as New Zealand citizens, the 10, in deciding to opt for citizenship, will have decided it is in the best interest of their families.
Samoan, Pilitati Siumu Tuuga, has been in New Zealand for nine months and works at Kiwi Lumber on the outskirts of Dannevirke.
“I’m enjoying life here and I’m very happy,” he said.
The Low family, Paul, Jenny and daughter Daniella, arrived in New Zealand in February 2011 from South Africa and have lived in Woodville for the past 18 months.
“Other members of our family are here and of course, the attractions of New Zealand are obvious,” Paul said. “But the principal motivation to come here was the arrival of our daughter Daniella. But there are obviously some challenges and there are some things you only learn when you leave home.”
Paul is a design engineer and his wife Jenny an interior designer.
After watching the Living on Dreams video, which featured Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy and Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin, Collis said it was emotional for her.
“It reminds me of the privilege I have by living in New Zealand,” she said.
Dame Patsy said New Zealand is a nation of immigrants, now New Zealand citizens, who make a huge contribution to our life. Minister Martin said the new citizens were New Zealanders in in every sense of the word
“Some New Zealanders have been here for 10 generations, some like you, are new, but we are all New Zealanders — Kiwis,” she said.
Left: Tararua District councillor Peter Johns, mayor Tracey Collis congratulate Terence Carew (British), William Allardice (British), Julie Hayward (British/Australian), Kunnikar Kumrapich (Thai), David Ives (British) on gaining New Zealand Citizenship at a ceremony in Pahiatua on Wednesday October 3, standing with Tararua District councillor Shirley Hull.
New citizens, back, Safaar Buksh, Jenny and Paul Low, Tararua District mayor Tracey Collis, Lualei and Falega Tuugamusu, Pilitati Simu Tuuga, Umerat Bi, Feroz Altamas and Zuhaib Buksh. Front, Mahirah, Daniella Low and Xaviera.
From Fiji to Tararua, Feroz Altamas and Umerat Bi, after taking their oath in front of Tararua District mayor Tracey Collis in Dannevirke.