“I’M delighted to see people choose Invercargill as their port of entry to New Zealand. We need more people here,” Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said at a citizenship ceremony held at the Invercargill City Council (ICC) chambers last month.
From January last year to May this year, 273 people became New Zealand citizens at ceremonies held by the ICC and the Southland District Council.
Jose Alberto Costa, from Brazil, was one of 18 people who became a New Zealand citizen at the citizenship ceremony last week.
“Eight years ago I arrived in Southland. People in Invercargill are friendly and this city is definitely a great place to live,” he said.
New citizens from the last ceremony were from Germany, the Philippines, Fiji, South Africa, Samoa, India, Brazil, Kenya, Ireland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Southland District Deputy Mayor Paul Duffy said people who became citizens in Southland brought cultural diversity to the area.
“They are motivated to be part of the community and to contribute with their good work ethic,” he said.