Dunedin's growing diversity has been given a boost by those
seeking citizenship in the city during the past two years.
Figures supplied to the Otago Daily Times by the
Department of Internal Affairs showed 1623 people had chosen
Dunedin for their swearing-in ceremony during the past five
In 2013, 435 people became new citizens in Dunedin - almost
double the 238 in 2009.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the ceremonies were always full
and it was not only the number of people which had increased
at them, but also the diversity of new citizens' backgrounds.
Ceremonies could feature people from 20 different countries.
''I think it is wonderful for the city to have that range of
diversity and cultural backgrounds. It really enriches the
place,'' Mr Cull said.
More than 400 new citizens were also sworn in during 2012 and
Department of Internal Affairs spokeswoman Jo Watt said while
the numbers were not comprehensive, as people could be sworn
in as New Zealand citizens in ceremonies held in regions
outside where they lived, the rise in new citizens in Dunedin
in past two years was ''statistically significant''.