New citizens welcomed to club
Emma Marie Harrison and Andrew Pail Cogar taking the oath of allegiance on Tuesday, with mayor John Carter looking on.
Julia Ruth Gerdan was clearly delighted to finally become a New Zealand citizen at a ceremony at Te Ahu on Tuesday.
It had taken her seven years to become a citizen, she said, and she was very pleased to have joined “one of the greatest clubs in the world”.
Fellow former Briton Andrew Paul Cogar said he and Emma Marie Harrison had taken 10 years to make the move, but had now “finally done it”.
A total of 25 immigrants from 12 countries took the oath or affirmation of allegiance before mayor John Carter (who said he hoped the South Africans present had enjoyed the All Black / Springbok test as much as he had). They were: Andrew Paul Cogar and Emma Marie Harrison, (British, now living near Kerikeri).
Julia Ruth Gerdan Kerikeri). Kyungshik
Ana Paula Lopes (Brazilian, Moerewa).
Keoni Kealoha (American, Kaitaia). Joanna Susan Mellors (British) and Andre Martin Reiman (Chilean, Opito Bay). Petrus Hendrik, Taryn Leigh, Kayla Leigh and Chloe Dee Muller (South African, Kerikeri).
Mahelona Neil Jansen, Alexandra Florence and Hanjeli Otto (South African, Kerikeri).
Tony Paopao (Samoan, Oturu). Rasmey Ra (Cambodian, Paihia).
Lesley Elizabeth Sims Robinson and Glyn Robinson (British, Kerikeri).
Shelene Angel Spoek (Dutch, Taipa).
Lynette Joy Stratford (Australian, Waipapa).
Cinzia Vestena-Line (Italian, Matauri Bay).
Davida Eleanor Walker (Australian, Takou Bay). Richard Thomas and Valery Newick Wright (American, Kaeo).
Whoever was responsible for this graffiti at the Mangamuka Gorge summit obviously doesn’t know that NZTA, not the Far North District Council, is responsible for state highways. The spelling might be a cut above that of the average tagger, but his or her efforts have left a number of motorists deeply unimpressed.
A short distance from the wooden railing is a sign that possibly applies as well to those who deface public property as those who dump rubbish wherever they don’t have to pay for the privilege.