Big day for new citizens

23:02, Feb 23 2014
 Ashish Yadav
Proud citizens: New New Zealand citizens, formerly of India, from left, Ashish Yadav, Birjesh Yadav, Anita Kumari, Dimpy Yadav and Samiksha Yadav, 4

Twenty-four people officially became New Zealand citizens at a ceremony at the Marlborough District Council on Friday.

The Citizenship Ceremony welcomed nationalities from Samoa, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, India, America and Vietnam. The new New Zealanders took an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II to faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil their duties as New Zealand citizens.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman presided over the ceremony held at Council Chambers.

"Becoming a citizen is a commitment of your future, not a rejection of your past," Mr Sowman said.

The room was filled with family and friends supporting the new citizens as they took the oath.

Birjesh Pal Yadav, formerly of India, was granted citizenship along with his wife, son and daughter.


Mr Yadav and his family came to New Zealand seven years ago and settled in Picton. He felt "very proud" to be a New Zealand citizen, he said. "It is a beautiful country with beautiful people."


Logova Asiata, Samoa Marcela Davey, Slovakia Narinder Singh, India

Daniel Taylor, Britain

Birjesh Yadav, India

Anita Kumari, India

Dimpy Yadav, India

Ashish Yadav, India

Gaugatao Liu, Samoa

Tina Liu, Samoa

Matalaliuileao Junior Liu, Samoa

Sione Liu, Samoa

Jonathan Morrow, South Africa

Sheron Morrow, South Africa

Marius Kennedy, South Africa

Caro Kennedy, South Africa

Claudia Kennedy, South Africa

Beverley Dodd, Britain

Paul Dodd, Britain

Deborah Pratt, United States

Simon Rolfe, Britain

Sarah Rolfe, Britain

Abbie Rolfe, Britain

Kim Hong Yealands, Vietnam