New ci­ti­zens wel­comed to club

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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

Kerik­eri).

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).

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(British,

(Korean,

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.

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