How to top a Harley ride?
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.