A group of 100 Palmerston North residents became New Zealand citizens this week, at a ceremony held on Thursday.
Mayor Grant Smith warmly welcomed the new citizens to the community and told them they now have “both sides of the coin”: on one side the rights and privileges of being a New Zealander, and on the other the duties and responsibilities that come with it. This includes the opportunity to vote, which is very timely given the upcoming local elections.
Mayor Smith also told the group that he hopes moving to New Zealand is everything they dreamed it would be.
The group were presented with their citizenship certificates following a mass swearing of affirmations and oaths of allegiance.
Wiremu Te Awe Awe welcomed the new citizens on behalf of Rangitāne and local councillors presented them with a book on behalf of the New Zealand government.