How to top a Har­ley ride?

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Mayor John Carter works hard to make the six-weekly cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies at Te Ahu in Kaitaia a dis­tinctly Far North oc­ca­sion, not least by un­fail­ingly in­tro­duc­ing his mum Gwen.

“Stand up Mum,” he says, adding that those who are about to be­come New Zealand cit­i­zens, and live in the Far North can per­haps, like her, look for­ward to liv­ing to 94 years of age.

Next time he’s go­ing to have to change the script a lit­tle.

Mrs Carter, orig­i­nally from Whakatane, who ac­com­pa­nies her son to all man­ner of pub­lic en­gage­ments, and never misses a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony, will cel­e­brate her 95th birth­day on Mon­day.

Two years ago she marked her 93rd with a ride on a Har­ley Davidson, but no such plans have been pub­licly no­ti­fied this time.

She will, how­ever, host a gath­er­ing of family and friends on the fol­low­ing Saturday, and if one of her guests turns up on a mo­tor­bike there might be no hold­ing her back.

Gwen Carter, with Cr Colin Kitchen, en­joy­ing a seat in the sun at last week’s cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony at Te Ahu.

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