Record Number of Hurunui Citizens Sworn In
The Hurunui District Council hosted its latest citizenship ceremony on Thursday 23 November with a total of 29 new Hurunui residents being sworn in, a record number in one ceremony for the district.
After the 29 participants of the ceremony took their oath or affirmation of citizenship, they were presented with their Certificate of Citizenship from Mayor Dalley, assisted by Crown representative Lieutenant Commander Andrew Hogg, and a native Kowai tree in celebration of their new status as New Zealand citizens.
Mayor Winton Dalley says it is always a special occasion seeing new residents sworn in as citizens, and the fact that this ceremony saw a record number of citizens being sworn in is a positive sign for the Hurunui.
“As our district continues to grow, our new citizens continue to bring so much to our social fabric and cultural diversity. It is a real pleasure to be able to be part of what is such a special day for them and their families. We extend a warm welcome to all of our new Kiwis.”
The citizenship process is managed externally by the Department of Internal Affairs and the council hosts citizenship ceremonies where residents of the district undertake the ‘swearing in’ process.