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The cover design is based around the idea of Matariki, and the alignment of the stars.

Each town represents an individual star coming together to form a small constellation which takes the shape of New Zealand.

Matariki itself indicates the beginning of the Māori New Year in the middle of June, but is also about celebrating new life, new beginnings.

Choice (Whiriwhiria) - The New Zealand citizenship story

Choice is a commemorative book which acknowledges the commitment that new citizens make to New Zealand.

The book features the stories of people who have chosen to become New Zealand citizens and includes information on New Zealand citizenship.

It will be presented to new citizens when they attend the citizenship ceremonies which are organised by councils around the country.

If you would like a copy of Choice you can download a PDF version of Choice (pdf 5.8mb), or you can download the book by chapter:
These documents are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or higher installed on your computer to view or download the form or brochure. You can download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Adobe site.

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