Congratulations to our newest New Zealand citizens


(Posted on: December 7)

From Bhutan, Nepal, Britain, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the USA, 22 residents became New Zealand citizens at a special citizenship ceremony held on Thursday by Mayor Helen Worboys and Councillors.

Every year, Council hosts three citizenship ceremonies. Each one is unique and special with candidates sharing their life stories of how they came to call New Zealand home, some having called themselves kiwis for over 51 years.

Marian Robertson who emigrated from Britain, came over to New Zealand 51 years ago with her parents. “Mum and Dad would be very proud of me standing here today,” she said.

Doctor Douglas Osto was among the 22 new residents and is a senior lecturer at Massey University, originating from the United States of America.

“I was being incredibly productive and reproductive in New Zealand so I figured it was time to call New Zealand home.”

Originally from South Africa, the Labuschagne family have happily coined kiwi phrases as their own following their new citizenships. “We’ve traded the braai for barbecue and slops for jandals. We still haven’t traded the Springboks for the All Blacks though!” Veronica Labuschagne said.

Mayor Helen wished every new citizen and their families every happiness in their chosen home while relishing all the benefits of a New Zealand citizenship.

The Manawatu District Council would like to congratulate all of its newest New Zealand citizens and their extended families.