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"Because I love New Zealand" Lyzadie Renault 39, from New Caledonia, I'm from New Caledonia, my dad is from France, so I think I'm a little mixed.
I came here in 1986 when I was 14.
It was not until I sat in OE for six years to go to England that I realized I would be a New Zealander.
For example, when all the blacks are playing, I can see where my heart is.
I'm not doing this to prove it to anyone.
I did it from the heart.
It feels wrong to support the French, because I can't feel the French anymore.
I have been in New Zealand for too long.
I think most New Zealanders
Even my husband, Michael.
Take New Zealand and the way of life for granted.
I realized this when I was in the UK.
People will ask me where I came from.
I would say New Zealand.
I 've never said anything else but they will hear my accent and last name so I have to explain the whole story.
I think the kids
Ash, 5, Jaden, 3, and Avia, 3-
Let me think more clearly about being a citizen.
Traveling abroad with my French passport and their New Zealand passport, it just means mentally: "Well, why am I still there. . . ?
"If we are going to say France or New Caledonia, then I have to fill out all these documents for the boys.
This makes us almost different because they have different passports so there are different rules.
It's like, "Well, they're part of me, so why do they have to have different rules?
I think, "Yes, I'm going to do it. That's it.
"Being a Frenchman is part of me, but deep down I am New Zealanders.
It means a lot to me.
Like I did the last step.
I have my citizenship.
So I was very proud when I came back from [citizenship]
At the ceremony, I talked endlessly about winning the National Karate Championship in 1988 and qualifying for international competitions in Egypt.
Unfortunately I can't go, but I will represent New Zealand without a problem, so I think I am ready to be New Zealanders even then.
I have done a lot of things to prove my love for this country and my heart is here.
I'm camping, hiking outside carimona, trueburn, skiing in the back --
National Ski Resort, everything.
I like New Zealand.
This is my home.
"So I can contribute as a New Zealander," I came to New Zealand about seven years ago, 2003.
It's not my decision.
My parents decided to come to New Zealand so that I could get a good education.
I went to Rangitoto College.
Language is the hardest.
It is difficult to learn English.
I just picked it up slowly.
My parents can speak English [English-speaking]
But we speak Cantonese at home.
I am from Guangzhou.
It's a big city in Guangdong.
It is very different from Auckland, especially the environment.
It is quite green when you look out, and the sky here is very blue.
It's not so blue in Guangzhou.
This is my first impression.
Auckland is a beautiful city.
I like the natural environment here.
Sun, Sky, beach-
I made a lot of friends, so I didn't think too much.
About applying for citizenship].
It is natural to think that I want to be a citizen and make some contributions to New Zealand as a New Zealander.
I am studying for a bachelor's degree in design at the University of Messi Albany campus.
I like my classmates;
They are very helpful.
I like the people here.
I am proud to be a New Zealand citizen, but it is not much different.
I'm going to get my New Zealand passport.
I think it will be different because I can go to other countries more easily.
I like traveling.
I think my friends, I will go back to China for vacation.
We chat online on QQ. QQ is a Chinese instant messaging system like MSN.
"So I can travel with my band . " Metto Fino, 24, was born in Los Angeles. My parents were both born in Tonga and immigrated to New Zealand.
In 1986, my mother carried me behind her back.
It was a family trip to Disneyland to do the whole of Los Angeles, so they planned to let me go to the United States.
I spent most of my time in New Zealand, though, growing up in waitagil.
I am a permanent resident of New Zealand.
I'm in a Kiwi band with six other people called space ifix.
We're funk, reggae, a mix of pop and rock.
Jackson v meets split Entz
I'm the chief rapper, and I'm a singer.
We moved to Australia just to have a base there for more attention and attention.
It took us all 09 years to travel to London, Dubai, Amsterdam, Brisbane.
Since I only have a US passport, I can only go to Australia for one year on a work and holiday visa.
I was pulled down at the airport last year and my visa expired and was detained for about 24 hours just to ask why I was returning to Australia.
So I had to go back to New Zealand to fix this.
I told the band, "I won't be back until I get New Zealand citizenship, because that's the only way I can stay in Australia and do it with you guys.
Everyone in Australia
Many friends, many fans, many members of the church.
Everyone asked, "Are you coming back?
Can you please state this for these events?
I told them here: "I told them as soon as I got my New Zealand passport.
"I can apply now.
I think we all think this will happen.
I stayed here most of the year and just wanted to sort out the documents.
It was a trip to hell, but it was amazing. For me [
Become a citizen
It's a moment in my life, a really important moment.
I'm so happy.
It means a lot to me.
At the ceremony, I wear my Tongan traditional dress, a tupenu and jandals, and although you don't usually wear it in the winter, I wear the full set.
It's been a long time.
I live here most of the time.
I went to school here.
I tell you I'm New Zealanders, but they know I'm not.
They call me American all the time and I know I am a real New Zealander.
I know the national anthem.
I know a lot of Maori songs.
I always do haka at weddings.
I am very proud, I am very proud to be a Kiwi from the place of Baiyun.
I came here from Burundi in 2005 "because I will live here forever ".
My sister is here.
She applied to me, my mother and my brother for a New Zealand Refugee Service.
In Burundi, the war is going on and my family fled to Tanzania.
I really went to Rwanda, but a year later I went to Tanzania with them, where they were in a camp, a camp with about 500,000 people, mainly from Burundi.
I think I'm 11 years old.
I spent about five years there.
We live in small houses made of mud walls and plastic cloth.
My mom has about 250 chickens so we sell eggs in the camp and she sewed her clothes.
That's how we survived.
It's really hard, but, you know, you're used to it.
The worst part is not sleeping at night because there are street gangs to steal money and food.
They also have guns.
This is the worst part.
You asked me what I think of New Zealand: that's great.
Life here is easier and easy to get what you want
It's easy to find a job and make money if you want to buy something or learn.
I am studying for a bachelor's degree in health science at AUT University.
I'm going to switch to nursing next semester.
In refugee camps in Africa, I often see many people get sick and die because of lack of medicine, so I want to be a nurse.
I can see some white people walking through [when I'm in camp [aid]
Organization, but here [there are]
White people are everywhere, so it's very different for me.
Why should I be a citizen?
Because I decided to stay here forever.
Then I decided to stay here forever and I should be one of New Zealanders.
I feel New Zealanders.
I don't see any difference, but I feel different.
I like the people here.
The teacher was very friendly and supportive when I joined Glenfield College.
They made me feel at home.
I especially like Auckland because of its diversity
The culture is diverse and there are many people from different countries.
I'm in a community in Burundi.
We call it the Burundi promotion company.
We celebrate National Day in Burundi.
We do cultural performances. I am a drummer.
I miss African traditional dance and food very much.
That's why I joined the BPI because I felt like I was back in Africa when I was dancing.
Jacolize Becker 46 from South Africa, I came out with my husband Anro and our two boys: Dante, 9, and Luca, 6.
December will be six years.
We stayed in the Centurion between Johannesburg and Pretoria and felt
It sounds harsh, but it's a reality.
We need to give our children a basic fear of others.
It always has to look at you under your protection, always on your shoulders, and has to always think: "How do I protect my family physically?
"In every case.
We came to Auckland but were not blown away at once.
We kept a very open mind and we thought, "Let's take a look.
The more we see, the more we think, "Man, we can live like this.
"What really impressed us in Auckland was that the kids were playing outside.
No fences, no anti-theft devices, no security doors.
The bike was parked outside when it was dark, some kids were still running around and the front door was open and we could see people in the House and their curtains weren't even pulled up.
We feel freedom and security.
Able to breathe and live.
I think the purpose of obtaining citizenship is not to look back, not to look back.
This is the end of a chapter, and it is also said: "This is home and we will not go back.
"There is a real joy and peace in being a citizen --
Know we did the right thing.
It's a big deal for me.
I close my eyes when I sing "["]New Zealand]
The national anthem, because that's what I think.
I 've been a 100 black supporter since the day we landed.
Before we left South Africa, I said, "When we get there, I will support all the blacks because my boys will support them as well when they grow up.
"My husband still supports jumping.
I miss the wilderness of Africa.
I miss the smell of dirt after the thunderstorm.
It was a wonderful African thunderstorm.
There is nothing close to it.
But I don't want to go back or even go on vacation anyway.
I just think we brought our kids here for a safer home, safer growth and everything.
I was just thinking, "Why do we want to expose them to everything we leave?