Choice Whiriwhiria – The New Zealand Citizenship Story


[MUSIC PLAYING] First fire in the winter,
first leaf in the spring. They’ve got to count
for something to be part of something when you go. Living on dreams,
living on dreams. Kia Ora. As governor-general I
represent Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand and
my fellow New Zealanders. On their behalf, I extend a warm
welcome to our newest citizens. New Zealand is a
nation of immigrants. We understand what it means
to leave a familiar world far behind and to seek out
opportunities in a new land. We wish you every success at
this stage in your journey. New citizens make
a huge contribution to our economic, social,
and cultural life. And we celebrate
the vibrancy they’ve brought to our communities. When you become a
New Zealand citizen, you become a full
member of our community and enjoy the same
rights as others. Our history becomes
part of your history. And your future becomes
part of our future. I encourage you to
take up opportunities to contribute your knowledge,
skills, leadership, and culture to your communities. Thank you for choosing to
make this country your home. I wish you and your
families all the very best for your future lives
as New Zealand citizens. Noho ora mai, welcome. [MUSIC PLAYING] Living on dreams,
living on dreams. [CHEERING] Time to stand in one place
now, at least just for a while. Maybe call up the spirits. See if they’re still on my side. I sleep with one eye open
and my door open wide. She told me, that’s what
you’ve got to do, man, if you go living on
dreams, living on dreams, living on dreams, living on
dreams, living on dreams, living on dreams. Kia Ora. I’m Tracy Martin, the
minister of Internal Affairs. Today, I am here at
the He Tohu exhibition, based in the National
Library in Wellington. This exhibition is home to the
iconic constitutional documents that have shaped New Zealand,
the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes
of New Zealand, the 1893 Women’s Suffrage
Petition, which gained woman equality under electoral
law, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the
Treaty of Waitangi, which is the partnership which
your new home country, Aotearoa New Zealand is built on. It gives me great pleasure,
on behalf of the government and people of New Zealand,
to welcome you as a citizen, as a New Zealander in
every sense of the word. Your decision to
become a citizen reflects a lifelong
commitment to our country and, in turn, it can be passed
on to a future generation wherever they are born. Some New Zealanders
have been here for ten generations and
some, like you and you. But we are all New
Zealanders, kiwis. Until today, New
Zealand was your home. Now, it is also your country. Congratulations. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hands on my heart,
got a hold on you. Oh, my heart got a hold on you. Hands on my heart,
got a hold on you. Oh, my heart, got a hold on you. Hands on my heart,
got a hold on you. Oh, my heart got a hold on you. And I won’t let go. And I won’t let go. And I won’t let go.

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