Dunedin solicitor Alistair Paterson performed his first naturalisation ceremony for Kil Hyan Ji and his wife Kil Za Lee in his Dunedin office yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A Korean couple who met during the Korean War became New
Zealand citizens in Dunedin yesterday and are looking forward
to a retirement in Dunedin of golf, gardening and watching
their grandchildren grow.
Kil Hyan Ji (80) met his future wife Kil Za Lee (78) in the
early 1950s, while both were serving in the South Korea
military. The couple have been married for 60 years. They
moved from Seoul to Dunedin 10 years ago, to be closer to
their daughter and grandchildren, who had moved six years
The couple became New Zealand citizens yesterday afternoon,
wearing traditional Korean dress, in a short ceremony
conducted by Dunedin solicitor Alistair Paterson.
At the ceremony were their granddaughters Hyan Ju Ji (22) and
So Young Ji (19) and son-in-law Sean Yoo (60).
Mrs Lee kept busy gardening and swimming at Moana Pool and Mr
Ji played golf most days at St Clair Golf Club, working on
his 25 handicap.
Mr Paterson said it was the first citizenship ceremony he had