There have been indications that could bring me back to New Zealand by August 2005.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI
My Personal Account of this Global Event:
About 3:30 AM New Zealand time I was still awake and browsing the Internet and also listening to BBC World simulcast on TV One. (This is the webpage I was reading.) There was a special segement on the news broadcast, apparently the smoke stack over the Sistine Chapel is giving out white-ish smoke. I thought that it was another false alarm like the prior election when the smoke first looked like white and then turned black. Suddenly, there was talk that there might be a new Pope elected but if there is a new Pope elected bells will ring at the Vatican.
I began to send SMS/text messages to my family and friends in New Zealand and other Filipino friends back home and in Europe. I told them to watch TV news as there may be a new Pope.
It was I think about 4:05 AM here and I was hearing bells again from the TV. Mr. Hanrahan said that it could be official that a new Vicar of Christ has been elected. I called my Filipina neighbour and were on the line until the eldest cardinal came out of the balcony and said, “Habemus Papam!” and the new Pope is Joseph Ratzinger and his chosen name is Benedict XVI. The cardinal went back to the church as the new pope prepares to meet the people and lo and behold the new Pope Benedict XVI. He was waving to the people, gave his first greeting and his first blessing. When I looked at my clock it was about 5:00 AM here.
(Image source: Wikipedia – Pope Benedict XVI)
New Zealand passport changes:
New NZ passports will have a validity of only 5 years from 10 years.
The law also gives the government the right to revoke or cancel New Zealand passports.
A five year standown period for NZ permanent residents before they can apply for NZ citizenship. Prior to this it takes three years as permanent resident including while under a temporary permit (work, visitor, study).
Citizenship by birth:
From 1 January 2006, a child born in New Zealand should have at least one NZ citizen parent or a parent granted to stay in NZ permanently under the Immigration Act of 1987 or permanently reside in the Cook Islands, Niue, or Tokelau.
These changes automatically come to affect after Royal Assent except for the citizenship by birth which will take effect on 1 January 2006.
Passport law will protect NZ, Government says. 15/04/2005. The New Zealand Herald
Hawkins: NZ “citizenship that’s worth the wait” (Press Release). 15/04/2005. Scoop.co.nz
MP Criticises Passport Laws. 15/04/2005. xtraMSN-Newstalk ZB
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I know I don’t have much readers compared to other popular blogs but I am obliged to tell you that this blog, Letters from New Zealand will end soon. I am going back to the Philippines by May this year and will not be coming back to New Zealand in the near future. I guess there is no point in writing letters from New Zealand if I won’t be in New Zealand in the first place.
However, I am creating a new blog about my experiences since I came back to the Philippines. Its working title at the moment is “The Pinoy Repatriate” or I could name it “Letters from the Philippines.” I have weeks to think about it.
This is not my last post yet.
Thank you and kind regards.
PS. You may be wondering here in New Zealand I am writing from. I am writing from a place called by Maori as “Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui.”