82 candidates from 18 different ethnicities were sworn in and now proudly call themselves New Zealanders.
I have to say this is one of the highlights of my job as Town Crier. I am charged with announcing the names of all the candidates.
It is a formal affair, presided over by the Mayor with the CEO, members of the Tangata Whenua (Maori – people of the land) and the Multi Cultural Council, local Members of Parliament, the Police and Fire Chiefs, City Councillors, Justices of the Peace and an Electoral Role Officer attending as part of the Official Party.
A Citizenship Ceremony is held every second month. Many of the candidates attend in their National Costumes, which adds a colourful, ethnic flavour to the ceremony.