What a day to become a New Zealander

 

Jeff Montgomery, a spokesman for the Department of Internal Affairs, said choosing to be a Kiwi was a big decision, especially if an individual had to give up their original citizenship or links to another country.

In 2015, more than 500 citizenship ceremonies were held by local authorities across New Zealand.

A special citizenship ceremony is often held on Waitangi Day and tomorrow the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, will host a ceremony at Government House in Auckland for 24 people to become New Zealand citizens. Citizenship ceremonies will also be taking place on Waitangi Day in Hamilton and at Onuku Marae in Akaroa.

“The Waitangi Day ceremony provides a visible link between New Zealand’s founding document and modern day citizenship.

The people who are attending these ceremonies with friends and family will remember it as a very special day,” Mr Montgomery said.

People who want to come here and become a fully integrated Kiwi are welcome.   And they aren’t alone.  Roughly 27,000 immigrants took out New Zealand citizenship last year.

 

– NZ Herald


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