I am a fraud!

This evening I officially became a New Zealand citizen. I know what you’re thinking: she hates the place, why would she apply for citizenship? Yes, it’s all true. I don’t want to live here and yet I applied and was granted New Zealand citizenship so this is why I am a fraud. But I have my reasons, one of which is that I live here and I am eligible. However, I will always identify myself as an Australian. This will never change. I just don’t want to live in Australia because I don’t like the climate.

So this was my first citizenship ceremony since I’m only a citizen of one other country, Australia, and I was granted that at birth. It was very boring, let me tell you! Not unlike a graduation ceremony, only worse. But half-way through, there were some Maori performers and this was the best part. There were six of them, three men and three women, and they sang and danced then performed the Haka which was very powerful in a scary sort of way. Β And am I allowed to say that the three men wore practically nothing?? Just flimsy skirts. I’m not sure whether they were wearing anything underneath.

Afterwards we collected our certificates on stage, shaking hands with various politicians I’ve never heard of. Fortunately I didn’t trip or do anything embarrassing. There was one Maori representative who, rather than shaking hands with, we touched foreheads and noses with. This is a Maori greeting known as a hongi. That was fine except that I was one of the last on stage and so I had to touch noses with him after he’d already touched noses with hundreds of people before me! Yuk!

And so here is the photo of a fairly respectable-looking me. But OMG! There’s a crease in my dress. Shame.


15 responses to “I am a fraud!”

  1. That’s a beautiful picture and i would never have noticed the crease – it looks like a pleat until you mention it.

    I have a dress like that and it is a Country Road dress. I stumbled across Country Road by mistake on eBay, as we don’t have it here. I like the way their clothes fit.

    You look quite Scottish btw, much more so than Australian.

    Congrats on being a New Zealander!

    1. Denise,

      I love Country Road. They really do have nice clothing. My dress is not Country Road though but it does look Country Road. A friend of mine gave it to me and she had it specially made. So it’s quite unique.

      It’s a compliment to be told I look Scottish. Thank you! I love Scotland and I have quite a bit of Scottish ancestry as both my Grandmothers came from Scottish families.

      1. Red hair, fair skin, bit of an attitude…yep, got some Scottish in you somewhere πŸ˜‰

  2. You look absolutely lovely in that picture!
    I have Swiss citizenship though I also don’t like the place. I was forced into getting it πŸ™‚ But at least that means that I’m allowed to live in Europe now.

    1. Thanks, Frances. I think it’s good you’ve got Swiss citizenship even though you don’t like the place as it opens up all of Europe and I’m very jealous of that!

  3. Congratulations. (I won’t tell them that you’re really a spy). πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Graham. I’m glad my secret is safe.

  4. Rachel – you look terrific! Love your hairdo and dress. Congratulations on becoming a NZ-er! Don’t forget to wash your nose just in case.

    1. Thanks, Bronwyn. I showered when I got back and washed my nose.

  5. A crease! You’re worried about a crease! You should see my shirts, from the line to work, the body heat straightens them out.

    So you’re an honorary Kiwi now… and you have been ‘hongied’, that’s more than me, and I am a Kiwi.


    1. I really can’t stand ironing and it’s even worse when you live in a hot climate so I think your method is much better.

  6. Your title grabbed my attention, because I am a fraud too. Different reasons, of course. But I wonder, are we all frauds? Or maybe most of us? You don’t say why you hate New Zealand — I’ll have to read more about NZ. — mainly I know only about the beauty of the land. I sometimes see bumper stickers saying “Proud to be an American” and I wonder, why? Living in the US as I do, and in the southern US at that, under Governor Pat McCrory and the policies of Art Pope, well, if not for half a century of social and family, I could consider NZ.
    But, congratulations on your decision and your new citizenship in a country that looks quite lovely from here!

    1. Thanks, Helen. I used to love New Zealand when I lived in the South Island. But then the earthquakes came. I am quakerattled and will be forever. The South Island is beautiful but now it terrifies me and my old home, Christchurch, has been destroyed.

      Now we live in Auckland and it’s just not my kind of town. There are too many cars here, it’s too big and I don’t like the climate. It’s also an active volcano which will one day erupt, destroying everything in its path.

  7. Lovely photo of you Rachel and I agree with Denise, you do look Scottish! Love the dress
    πŸ™‚ In all the years I lived in the States I stayed a British Citizen and kept my status as a ‘Resident Alien’ being married to an American, meaning I could live, work and pay taxes there indefinitely. The only things I couldn’t do were to vote and to participate in Jury Service. Darn it, I would have loved to have done that and I was summoned several times. Never have been here in my own country, go figure! My children are all dual citizens of the UK and the USA by birthright which makes travelling in-between the two countries very easy for them!!!
    Congratulations on being ‘official’ in your new home but you are who are you are in your heart no matter what certificate you hold πŸ™‚
    Oh, and still raining and flooding here…right now your sunny photo looks very nice πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Sherri. I can understand the desire to hold onto your own citizenship and I didn’t really need New Zealand citizenship as I can do all the things you could – live, work, pay tax etc – and I can even vote here too. But I still thought it was a good idea as rules might change in the future and so while I am eligible, I thought I should get it.

      I have heard about the crazy weather you are having over there. I think York has been mostly spared, at least that’s the impression I got from a recent email from one of my friends there.

      Lucky for your kids having dual citizenship! My kids are citizens of both countries too but it’s not such a big deal here as it’s easy to move between the two countries anyway.

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