25 new New Zealan­ders wel­comed

The Northland Age - - Local Life / Opinion -

Gover­nor-Gen­eral Dame Pasty Reddy thanked the 25 im­mi­grants who of­fi­cially be­came New Zealan­ders on Mon­day for choos­ing to make this coun­try their home.

Dame Patsy said she al­ways en­joyed cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies for the op­por­tu­nity they pro­vided to meet new New Zealan­ders and to hear of their ex­pe­ri­ences and as­pi­ra­tions.

New Zealand was of­ten de­scribed as a na­tion of im­mi­grants, she added. Onequar­ter of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion had been born else­where, and she was de­lighted to add her wel­come to 25 more.

She re­minded the new­com­ers that when they pledged their loy­alty to New Zealand, and the Queen of New Zealand, they be­came full mem­bers of so­ci­ety with the same rights and obli­ga­tions as all oth­ers, but they were not ex­pected to leave their na­tive cul­ture, lan­guage and tra­di­tions be­hind.

Mon­day’s can­di­dates, who pledged their loy­alty at Te Ahu, in Kaitaia, in­cluded Eric John William Hazelden, who said he had ar­rived in 1967, and the age of 9. He had spent “50-odd years check­ing the place out” and had de­cided to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship last year af­ter a Cus­toms of­fi­cial looked at his Bri­tish pass­port and wel­comed him home. “I de­cided it was about time.” Those who took the oath or af­fir­ma­tion of al­le­giance were:

Natalia Akulin­ina (Rus­sia, now liv­ing at Waipapa).

Richard Mark Bam­ford (Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Fuimaono Solomona Eme­lio Brown (Samoa, Ca­ble Bay).

Chelsea Rose Downey (Canada, Kerik­eri).

Su­san Jane Dyson (Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Richard Gre­vis Field (Aus­tralia/Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Ri­tisha Rita Geaumb (Pa­pua New Guinea, Kerik­eri).

Eric John William Hazelden (Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Lucy Kather­ine

Houtas (Bri­tain, Taipa).

Jimmy Huang (China, Kaitaia).

Je Rim Kim (Ko­rea, Kaikohe).

Adri­ana Sofia (Colom­bia, Rus­sell).

Stu­art and Anne Pauline Leitch (Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Les­ley Anne Lu­cas (Bri­tain, Pai­hia).

Kalpesh­wari (In­dia, Kerik­eri).

Chris­tian Charles Ras­mussen

Devi

Kurz

Pundir (Samoa, Kerik­eri).

Robert Henry and Rita Bar­bara Rich­mond (Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Ger­ald Christo­pher Smith (South Africa, Kerik­eri).

Khor Kee Soo (Malaya, Kerik­eri).

Dou­glas Alan Camp­bell Stur­rock (Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Ber­nadette Therese Waller (Aus­tralia/Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

Christo­pher Ed­ward Wick­enden (Bri­tain, Kerik­eri).

WEL­COME: Natalia Akulin­ina, orig­i­nally from Rus­sia and now liv­ing in the Bay of Is­lands, re­ceiv­ing her cer­tifi­cate of cit­i­zen­ship from Gover­nor-Gen­eral Dame Patsy Reddy.

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