6 Feb 2016

NZ welcomes 24 new citizens on Waitangi Day

3:38 pm on 6 February 2016

New Zealand welcomed 24 new citizens at Government House today, and celebrated 27,000 people who were granted citizenship last year.

The Governor General hosted a ceremony at Government House in Auckland for 24 people to become New Zealand citizens on Waitangi Day.

Citizenship ceremonies also took place in Hamilton and at Ōnuku marae in Akaroa.

Department of Internal Affairs spokesperson Jeff Montgomery said the Waitangi Day ceremony provided a visible link between New Zealand's founding document and modern day citizenship.

Most new citizens were from the UK, South Africa and the Philippines.