Twenty-Six Samoans became citizens of New Zealand yesterday during a ceremony at the New Zealand High Commission in Apia.
New Zealand High Commissioner Jackie Frizelle handed each applicant a certificate of citizenship after they had each sworn allegiance to the Queen of New Zealand.
In addressing the group of applicants, their families and friends, the High Commissioner underlined the importance of the obligations and privileges that come with New Zealand citizenship, while also emphasising that New Zealand is a country with diverse cultures.
“Your new bonds to New Zealand will never diminish the importance of your heritage, your culture and your traditions,” said Ms. Frizelle.‘
“Like a weaving of many colours, this diversity strengthens and enriches the fabric of New Zealand society, both now and in the future.”
Recalling the pride her own parents felt attending their New Zealand citizenship ceremony, Ms. Frizelle highlighted the “proud traditions and shared values” of New Zealand.
“Those traditions and values are the legacy of people who have made Aotearoa their home over the last thousand years, whether they came there by waka, sailing ship, steamer or aeroplane” said the High Commissioner.
Ms. Frizelle congratulated all 26 new New Zealanders on their decision to become New Zealand citizens and wished them all the best for the future.