Story: Malaysians and Singaporeans

Becoming a New Zealand citizen

Becoming a New Zealand citizen

Sugirthamani Shaw receives a corsage from Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick at a citizenship ceremony in 2014. Sugi, a scientist at Rotorua Hospital, who married a New Zealander and had two sons, lived in New Zealand for 36 years before becoming a citizen. Telling her family in Malaysia was difficult: ‘It took me that long to pluck up the courage.’

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Carl Walrond, 'Malaysians and Singaporeans - Malaysian arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 1 Oct 2015