We had hubby's birthday which was a fun day and the next day (the 21st June) hubby and I became New Zealand citizens.
We went to a ceremony attended by 60 people (including us) becoming new NZ citizens. We were presented with our certificates by the Mayor, got a native plant to bring home and had an afternoon tea following the ceremony.
As well as pledging allegiance to the Queen (hilarious considering we both grew up in the UK) we sang the NZ National Anthem.
I thought it was a fitting ceremony which made me really think about what was happening and what it meant to me.
We've been in New Zealand for 7 years now, we got married here and our son was born here and becoming citizens was the right choice for us. I am glad we've done it.
The Mayor and CEO of the local council each spoke and it was interesting to listen to what they had to say. I especially liked it when they talked about us bringing something to NZ with us as well as us getting a benefit from being here.
You heard it here first - NZ is a better place for having me here ;-)
We've even had 5 minutes of fame as our photo was in the local community paper along with some other new citizens :-)
To celebrate we had a Kiwiana Afternoon Tea on Sunday (which was the 7th anniversary of our arrival here). I'll try and share some photos from that over the next few days.