List MP for Mt Albert, Melissa Lee, was guest speaker who said all those planning to leave their home country have first to decide to emigrate, and then to make a choice - where to? All those who came here chose New Zealand as the place they preferred, with a view to better their own lifestyles and to assure a future for their children.
Ms Lee stimulated the audience when she traced her own diverse lifestyles from her childhood when, with her family, she lived in Korea, Malaysia, Australia and, since 1988, in New Zealand.
Melissa Lee, MP, speaking at tonight's dinner
Ms Lee gave examples of the richness of different customs, foods and languages which, she said, far exceed the few foibles and faux pas innocently encountered along the way.
She advocates diversity in civic positions, advising more immigrants to step up to undertake community duties, to stand up for what is right and proper… and just. And Ms Lee says Justices of the Peace are examples of those who serve and benefit the public, and she thanked them for their service to the community.