8 May 2007
At this year's second citizenship ceremony held last night [Monday, 7 May 2007], Hamilton welcomed 300 new citizens.
The ceremony was held at Founders Theatre and welcomed new citizens to our country and our city from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. People from 28 different countries can now call New Zealand home.
Hamilton Mayor Michael Redman says Hamilton is proud of its diversity and the continued growth of Hamilton's multi-cultural communities signifies the positive quality of life and resources that the city offers new citizens.
"New citizens add a valuable dimension to Hamilton's diversity and growing multi-cultural community, which we welcome and encourage. Becoming a citizen in a new city or country can take some transitioning and Hamilton offers a range of resources and support for its new citizens. Council has a dedicated ethnic development advisor and works closely with the Waikato Migrant Resource Centre that offers newcomers information, resources and a place to gather to help them get settled.
"Many of the city's ethnic populations willingly share their culture and traditions through Hamilton's arts and cultural and events calendars. This sharing of cultures offers a great learning opportunity for our city and a chance to learn, understand and appreciate the many different cultures we have in our community."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
NAME: Lisa Pemberton
DESIGNATION: Civic Events Coordinator
TEL (DIRECT): 0 7 838 6977
FAX (DIRECT): 0 7 838 6979
NAME: Naomi Reynolds
DESIGNATION: Communication Advisor
TEL (DIRECT): 0 7 838 6726
MOBILE: 027 413 3448
FAX (DIRECT): 0 7 838 6761