James Robert Wells and Jamie Mae Wells were at the Australian citizenship ceremony supporting their mother, Asenaca Wells, at the Multicultural Fair at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.
James Robert Wells and Jamie Mae Wells were at the Australian citizenship ceremony supporting their mother, Asenaca Wells, at the Multicultural Fair at the Rockhampton Heritage Village. Allan Reinikka Rokamulti

A fair dinkum Aussie

YOU can take the girl out of Fiji, but you can’t take the Fiji out of Asenaca Wells.

The Yeppoon mum may have been receiving her Australian citizenship certificate, but she couldn’t resist her native urge to dress in vibrant purple traditional Fijian clothing.

She joined 60 other new Aussies at the citizenship ceremony at the Multicultural Fair at the Heritage Village yesterday.

But Asenaca’s beautiful outfit did not look out of place when she joined Rockhampton’s multicultural community in the Parade of Nations.

From glittering saris to striped sarongs, many ethnicities were represented.

It was a particularly emotional day for Asenaca as she finally joined her children as a fair dinkum Aussie.

Fifteen years in the Land Down Under and two children later, Asenaca felt it was time to officially become an Australian.

“I pay my taxes, now I can vote too,” she joked.

“I’m the black sheep of my family, my children are Australian.

“I enjoy the freedom here, but I will always be Fijian in my heart.”

Kirsten Livermore and Brad Carter maintained a dignified indifference to each other’s presence at the citizenship ceremony.

The Capricornia MP and regional council mayor had not met publicly since she accused him of being a bully.

Ms Livermore had been due to represent the Immigration Minister as new Australians were sworn in.

But Ms Livermore arrived an hour late and the ceremony had finished by the time she got there, saying she had been given the wrong information about the 10am starting time.



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