There were more of them than I expected. If I'd given it some thought I might not have been surprised that the majority were Brits and South Africans. But scattered amongst them were a Filipino, a Chinese, a Thai, a family from Sri Lanka, a Korean, a Samoan, an Indian, two from Zimbabwe, a Malaysian, an American, a French family, my friend Chris and a couple of other Australians, and the beautiful young lady from Burundi who captured the heart of everyone in the room.
Full credit to Mayor Sheryl Mai and her Whangarei Council for a dignified ceremony that I felt honoured our new citizens and acknowledged their many different journeys to become tangata tiriti (people of the land by right of the Treaty of Waitangi).
Chris chatting with another new citizen who lives in her area