New Tararua cit­i­zens wel­come

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By CHRIS­TINE McKAY

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.

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