Twenty nine new Nelsonians received their New Zealand citizenship certificates at Nelson City Council this morning, many speaking of how “proud” they were to be Kiwis.
Those participating in the ceremony were from a range of nationalities including South African, English, French, Filipino, Samoan and Fijian.
Mayor Rachel Reece was joined by councillor Ian Barker to present the citizenship certificates and a native tree that the new citizens could plant wherever they wished. After those participating had completed the formalities, Victory School’s Kapa Haka group, Te Ropu Whakamanamana, performed and a morning tea closed the ceremony.
The Savill family, originally from the UK have been in Nelson since 2009 and over the years have enjoyed the areas climate, friendliness and people. “It’s immensely important to us, it’s somewhere we really feel is home,” says Tim Savill. “[It’s] somewhere we actually want to be and want to be able to give back to properly because we feel we’ve had a lot, so it’s a chance to give back and just properly sit on the couch and shout for the All Blacks.”