Selwyn’s newest citizens

New Kiwis celebrate citizenship

by Mike Isle

Chasing new partners, education opportunities and escaping less than favourable living conditions were among the Selwyn drawcards for the 24 new Kiwis sworn in at the latest citizenship ceremony held at Selwyn District Council.

The new citizens come from 14 different countries, continuing to increase the diversity of Selwyn’s population.

The ceremony was a colourful event with numerous new citizens sporting traditional dress from their native countries. Harpreet Singh of Southbridge said the event was a hugely enjoyable evening.

Mr Singh said he had lived the kiwi dream since arriving and made every post a winner. “When I finished studying, I took up an opportunity with Domino’s Pizza and saved up for my own business.”

At that point, the affable Indian knew hospitality was the career for him, and he leased the Southbridge Tavern.

“I just love being a part of the community; it gives me a great chance to work with the people I live alongside.”