Near record number of new Kiwis

Another 104 Waipā residents became Kiwis last week at the latest citizenship ceremony held in the Cambridge Town Hall.

Mayor Susan O’Regan told The News that while there may have been doubters when the first one was held at the venue, any objections have been firmly quashed with the hall yet again packed.

The 104 new Kiwis outside the Cambridge Town Hall with Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan at the centre. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

It just needed two of the people to turn up who were supposed to swear their allegiance but who apologised on the day and it would have been a new record.

Waipā’s popularity among South Africans was well illustrated with 28 people becoming New Zealand citizens.

St Patrick’s Catholic School student Sarah Than, 7, and sister Thalyna Sambath, 3, were there to support Te Awamutu-based family members. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

All standing tall at the citizenship ceremony except New Zealand-born Agam Singh Gill, second left, who needed to read his words up close. Others were Robert du Bruyn, Ciara Dunn, Emma Fairbrother, Stephanie Finch, Pritpal Singh and Sandeep Kaur and Bethany Gray. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Last weekend there was an orchestra in the Town Hall, Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan could have filled the role as she took to the stage to conduct the allegiance ceremony this time doing the countdown to Isabella Andersen, Brandon Baxter, Ross Beale, Katerina Litosova, Sevah Bell, Stephanie Boyce, Fionn, Iarla and Jonathan Byrne. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Pirongia’s Isabell Maria Juno is welcomed as a New Zealand citizen by Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan watched on by her family, father Juno Varghese, mother Stella Laveena Dcosta and brother Aron Juno. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Pirongia’s Isabell Maria Juno was born in New Zealand but still took the oath with the rest of her family who were originally from India. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Last weekend there was an orchestra in the Town Hall, Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan could have filled the role as she took to the stage to conduct the allegiance ceremony this time doing the countdown to Ellan Beetge, Michaela Buhrs, Belinda Crawford, Daniel, Anet and Bianca Dafel, Stell Dcosta, Juno Varghese, Isabell and Aron Juno. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan welcomes more new citizens. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

The people and their original country were:

Australia, Stephanie Boyce Belinda Crawford, Shannon Dunn, Mary White. Brazil, Paulo Machado, Barbara Schultz. China, Ziqing Zhang. Czech Republic Katerina Litosova. France, Orianne Thionnet. Denmark, Isabella Andersen. Germany, Johannes Jager, Michael Jager, Sandra Jager. India, Stella Dcosta, Agam Singh Gill, Aron Juno, Isabell Maria Juno, Gurpreet Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur, Jasvir Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Gurnoor Mann , Harwinder Mann,  Deepali Surinder Sehgal, Anjal Alpesh Patel, Harshil Patel, Pritpal Singh, Juno Varghese

Ireland,  Johnathan Byrne, Lisa Byrne, Iarla Byrne, Fionn Byrne, Ciara Dunn, Stephanie Finch. Kenya, Charles  Obiero. Kiribati, Keakea Kiare, Kiare Kuribaba, Tekima Kuribaba, Beua Tamoro. Nepal, Sarathi Poudel. Philippines, Sevah Bell, Ayanami Capones, Patricia Dungca, Antonette Dungca, Therese Dungca. Poland, Agnieszka Magdalena Ring. Samoa, Keith Walker.

South Africa, Adriaan Adendorff,, Danelle Adendorff, Ellan Kalleen Beetge, Daniel Dafel, Anet Dafel, Bianca Dafel, Robert du Bruyn, Edrika Fourie, John-Tyler Hulme,  Naylee Hulme, Nicolette Hulme,  Gideon Marais, Gideon Marais, Tania Marais, Tiaan Marais,  Willem  Naudé,  Daniël Oosthuizen,  Louisa-Marie Oosthuizen, Michélle Oosthuizen, Dylan Ring, Emily Ring, Warren Smith, Melissa Strawbridge,  Marnie van de Wall, Lisa van de Wall,  Marius van de Wall,  Mia van de Wall, Carli Van Zyl.

Spain, Maria Beltrami. Thailand, Supakarn  Grayling, Chalieo Jongchokdee, Jonathan Thoeun. United Kingdom, Ross Beale, Stacey Bell, Michaela  Buhrs, Emma Fairbrother, Amanda Walker, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Grant, Bethany  Gray, Tracey Hale, Adam Hawkins, Susan Henderson, Jade Hounslow, Amanda Jones , Maia Jones, Margaret Jones, Brian Jones, Mark Maloney, Clarke McKenzie, Leigh Mossop, Georgia  Stanwix, Nicola Simmons, Alefa Vincent, Marcus Wilson. United States, Brandon Baxter, Thomas Reding.

The 104 new Kiwis outside the Cambridge Town Hall with Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan at the centre. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

 

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