Kaipara has welcomed eleven new New Zealand citizens in a ceremony at the Dargaville Town Hall.
They included a range of nationalities — British, Tongan, Australian, Canadian and Austrian.
“I arrived in New Zealand in 1964, from England, with my parents. They got citizenship about 30 years ago and I just never got mine,” said Mangawhai Heads resident Jonny Simons.
Due to political situations around the world and retirement coming up, he thought it was about time to get onto it.
“There could be a day when I find myself on a ship being sent back, so I thought I better get citizenship. It actually felt quite nice, being told I’m part of this country.”
Jonny and his partner Wendy moved to Mangawhai just over a year ago. “We came to escape Auckland and we’ve got friends in Mangawhai. We also like beaches and have dogs. It’s a moving ahead, happening place, not to far from Auckland.”