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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.

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+1 #13 Flo 2013-12-04 03:37
Quoting Alec Ekeroma:
And it will also be fair to remind these NZ citizens that they should not be using tax-payer funded services in Samoa unless they were tax payers in Samoa. Should they need medical treatment for example, then they should hop on the next plane to NZ and leave tax-payer funded services and the referral scheme for Samoan citizens.


After a cyclone? After a tsunami? Who's always the first to reach out and help Samoa when in need? New Zealand! and especially the Samoan Community here in NZ. So using up your tax-payer funded services is nothing. Samoans will always be Samoans no matter what passport we travel on and Samoa is for Samoa. We are here, we are watching and looking out for our homeland Samoa. People like you don't deserve to come on here and share your crusty 2 cent because it really shows how small your mind is. Samoa would not have been able to make it alone without the help of the NZ government and especially us Samoan/NZers. You have no right to strip us of our Samoan heritage and rights because we will always be Samoan. It's not like we want to come to Samoa and use up your tax payer funded services when you're right, we can hop on the plane and get better treatment here in NZ so why are you even talking.
 
 
+3 #12 JT.L 2013-06-24 07:00
PETELO, obviously you’ve read the fact sheet 17 from Aust Immigration. Just because you can read it doesn’t mean you can understand the politics behind it. The reason why Aust/NZ agree is to stop people who were born in other countries who migrate to NZ, obtain NZ citizenship & use it as a back door entry ticket into Aust. eg criminals & terrorists. So your list is rubbish. A NZer travels to Aust. on a NZ passport, gives it to customs who electronically process it for a minute & away you go, no questions asked or forms to fill. As per my previous comment, NZers who migrate to Aust can stay & work for 2 years before entitlement to welfare, without applying for Aust citizenship, which most don’t want. A child born in Aust automatically becomes an Aust. Citizen. Anyways, getting back to Ekeloma's comment you agreed on that Samoan/NZ citizens shouldn't be entitled to vote & Samoan welfare. Personally I find that uneducated, idiotic & a violation of every Samoans right to return home to vote. If NZers that live in Aust can go back to NZ & vote, Tongans return to Tonga to vote,etc., why not Samoans? I know why - because they’re a threat to the govt. If they were allowed to vote a long time ago, HRPP would have been long gone. It’s so easy for the govt to bribe those living in Samoa, but not so easy to bribe those from overseas. So Petelo, it’s better to remain silent than speak crap. NZ & Aust are all about taking care of their people & integrity unlike Samoa!
 
 
-4 #11 Petelo 2013-06-21 03:46
JT.L,

I do a bit of work in this area. I'll spell it out for you:

New Zealanders who arrived in Australia after February 26, 2001 are not entitled to:

The right to naturalisation (ie: citizenship)

The right for their children to acquire Australian Citizenship by birth.

The right to vote and hold public office.

The right to most social security payments not directly compensated for by New Zealand.

The right to support for disabled children

The right to social and emergency housing

Access to higher education loans and fee help.

The right to sponsor family members for permanent residence

The right to student transport concessions

Access to Scholarships


However, if you want a visa to Australia, just pay me the exorbitant retainer that I will charge you and I'll make your dreams come true.
 
 
+4 #10 JT.L 2013-06-19 19:05
Quoting Petelo:
JT.L,
.. Also, if NZ passport holders go to Australia, they are not allowed any benefits or access to welfare at all.

Here you go giving out false information, don’t know where you get it from but are all misleading. NZ migrate to Aust on a NZ passport automatically receive permanent residency, and its up to them if they want to receive Australia citizenship which the majority don’t want to. They are entitled to medicare and all other priveleges, except social security after 2 years. Whilst in Australia they may continue to receive welfare from NZ especially pensioners, women & children. Before they were entitled to receive welfare as soon as they set foot on Aust. Soil & vice versa. The reason why they changed it is to stop the flow of people on Welfare in NZ taking advantage of it in Australia. Australian govt wouldn’t be able to do it without the NZ govt agreeing to it. Now isn’t it beautiful that two govts work together to find solutions to the problems without violating citizens rights? Unlike our govt, they just change the constitution & policies that violate rights without giving it a second thought. Anyways, 99% of Samoans born in Samoa that migrate to NZ hold dual citizenship if they want to. And the majority of them still pay their ‘monataga’ to their villages in Samoa yet cannot vote. That there is a violation of people’s rights. So I agree with Avataute’s comment, that HRPP really stands for Human Rights Removal Party…lol
 
 
-8 #9 Petelo 2013-06-18 18:44
JT.L,

I already know that many hold dual citizenship. If you read my comment properly (ie: with both eyes open), you would note that I hold nothing against those who hold both passports. If they have samoan citizenship, they should be able to vote. Those who only hold just the NZ citizenship, should not. Fai aku ai foi.

By the way, Australia does not allow dual citizenship. Also, if NZ passport holders go to Australia, they are not allowed any benefits or access to welfare at all.
 
 
+7 #8 Avataute 2013-06-18 11:10
Quoting Petelo:
Samoan citizens should be allowed to vote. NZ citizens should not.

When I become the PM, I will allow Samoan citizens abroad to vote. I will then upgrade the educational facilities so that JT.L can get a proper education. Amene.



Now if you are going to restore my citizenship and allow me to exercise my right as a Samoan citizen that was forcefully removed by the HRPP to vote, then you already got one vote for Prime Minister. HRPP should change their name to (HRRP) Human Right Removal Party, because that's exactly what they are. Human Right Robbery Party.
 
 
+8 #7 JT.L 2013-06-17 21:28
Quoting Petelo:
Samoan citizens should be allowed to vote. NZ citizens should not.

When I become the PM, I will allow Samoan citizens abroad to vote. I will then upgrade the educational facilities so that JT.L can get a proper education. Amene.


Petelo, between NZ & Samoa, most Samoans hold dual citizenships which means they are citizens in both countries. As I said to you before, if you have a golf ball sized brain, it will only generate golf ball sized views and ideas. Most New Zealanders migrate to Australia hold dual citizenship. So as soon as they leave Aust. to go back to NZ, they are automatically entitled to all the priveleges New Zealand have for their citizens eg. welfare, health service, etc. and are also allowed to vote. Not like our country run by a bunch of corrupt clowns that took away the rights of its people to vote. As for you wishing to become a PM, it will be an impossible dream as your views on everything are shallow and corrupted. Remember Mr Sano Malifa's Rotoract speech on this weeks edition was about corruption as a disease? I cannot agree more. Unfortunately Mr Malifa didn't highlight what this disease can do to people like you and whether it can be cured. The corrupt disease can eat away at you & rot you from inside. The only cure is to cut that affected part out. In other words, put you & your corrupt govt in Tafaigata.
 
 
+14 #6 Brenda Niu 2013-06-17 08:30
Malo lava le faasoa JT.L & Voice. Sa'o lelei & manaia lua manatu.

Alec Ekeroma and Petelo, do you have millions of $Tala to compensate for remittances if the overseas Samoans stop sending money? No you don't. So don't be fiapoto and biased to the Samoan overseas pe a faalogo atu e pu le pocket & moko lua faiai. Ga o le lua o a e faalala lua fala moe. O nai o tatou tagata la e alala mai atunu'u i fafo o lo'o tautua ma le malosi aua le atina'eina o le manuia mo Samoa.
 
 
-15 #5 Petelo 2013-06-17 07:22
Quoting JT.L:
These Samoan migrants will go on and get jobs in NZ, get paid and will send money back to Samoa. Just like every other Samoan everywhere else around the world. It is the Samoans abroad who contribute hundreds of millions of $$$ to the Samoan economy every year. These Samonas sacrifice most of their needs, benefits, and wages for remittances to Samoa to cater for faalavelave, village & church obligations, family care, school fees, health & utilities to be paid for, donate and contribute to natural disasters & rebuilding, compensate for govt corruption & wages, etc. And now these people think they shouldn't recieve benefits from their own homeland? What next? Remove their rights to their customary lands and the rights to matai titles & to live in Samoa? They've already been robbed of their rights to vote. So, can you imagine Samoa today without remittances? All I can say to the narrow minded, if you cannot appreciate their efforts and sacrifice, then drop dead or go to hell.


Samoan citizens should be allowed to vote. NZ citizens should not.

When I become the PM, I will allow Samoan citizens abroad to vote. I will then upgrade the educational facilities so that JT.L can get a proper education. Amene.
 
 
+19 #4 JT.L 2013-06-16 01:36
I laugh at the narrow and idiotic mindset of these people who think that Samoans migrating to NZ and recieving NZ citizenship are not entitled to welfare or health benefits in Samoa. These Samoan migrants will go on and get jobs in NZ, get paid and will send money back to Samoa. Just like every other Samoan everywhere else around the world. It is the Samoans abroad who contribute hundreds of millions of $$$ to the Samoan economy every year. These Samonas sacrifice most of their needs, benefits, and wages for remittances to Samoa to cater for faalavelave, village & church obligations, family care, school fees, health & utilities to be paid for, donate and contribute to natural disasters & rebuilding, compensate for govt corruption & wages, etc. And now these people think they shouldn't recieve benefits from their own homeland? What next? Remove their rights to their customary lands and the rights to matai titles & to live in Samoa? They've already been robbed of their rights to vote. So, can you imagine Samoa today without remittances? All I can say to the narrow minded, if you cannot appreciate their efforts and sacrifice, then drop dead or go to hell.
 

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