Titirangi Storyteller

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Immigration

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My eldest made it official yesterday – she is now a citizen of New Zealand – swore an oath to the Queen and sang the national anthem in Maori.

It was a beautiful event, the Auckland Town Hall bursting with joy. More than 500 new citizens, dressed in all variety of native or western garb. Elderly, families, couples and single young men and women of all sizes, shapes, colours, faiths and languages. Celebrating this wonderful day.

Each person was applauded as they crossed the stage – but this gorgeous family of ten (10!) received thundrous applause as they each shook hands with the dignitaries and received their citizenship certificates. Goodness – I had tears in my eyes as I took this photo.

This crazy mad world can still be a beautiful place.

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Written by Titirangi Storyteller

22/03/2011 at 9:34 pm

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  1. This crazy mad world can indeed still be a beautiful place, and your reminder of that fact came to me at just the right time. Thanks.

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    pinkunderbelly

    23/03/2011 at 2:09 am

  2. How to capture what the world is fast catching up with – we are all connected. We are all one! Inclusive and embracing.

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    souldipper

    23/03/2011 at 7:39 am

    • Thank you! Technically, this photo is rather a disaster – but I thought it got everything else right. I was truly surprised at how moving the whole event was… we are all connected…

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  3. You are spot on: We need to appreciate moments like this when they come because they come less and less.

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    poietes

    24/03/2011 at 6:36 am

    • I try to be more aware these days – and this year I am seriously working on keeping the negativity out of my life as much as possible. Lost a few folks but can’t say I miss them…

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