More Residents Become Kiwis At Citizenship Ceremony

Friday 14 September 2012, 3:43PM

By Far North District Council


A Buddhist monk from Korea was among those Far North residents who became Kiwis at a Far North District Council citizenship ceremony earlier this month.

Yasala Bhante founded the Pannarama Buddhist Meditation Centre at Takou Bay near Kerikeri in 2008.

She was one of 29 immigrants from 10 nations to be granted New Zealand citizenship by Far North Mayor Wayne Brown at the Council’s Chambers in Kaikohe on 7 September.

Those who declared they would honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, obey the laws of New Zealand and be good New Zealand citizens included 13 people from Great Britain, four from Belgium, four from the United States of America, two from Fiji and one each from Brazil, China (Hong Kong), Germany, India and Thailand.

Forty Far North residents from 11 nations became New Zealanders at a citizenship ceremony in June - the largest citizenship ceremony the Council has held.