About 30 new citizens are welcomed into New Zealand and the Hastings District each month at a Citizenship Ceremony held in the Hastings District Council chambers. Each new citizen swears the oath or affirmation of allegiance and is presented with their Certificate of Citizenship. Each family is then presented with a kowhai tree from the council to commemorate the date.
Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst presided, assisted by acting chief executive Neil Taylor, the first Citizenship Ceremony in his new role. The ceremony was followed by a wonderful performance by Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre.