Tonight’s Citizenship Ceremony was a first for Nigel Bickle, the Hastings District Council’s new chief executive. Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst presided, and the ceremony was followed by a wonderful performance by Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre.
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.