6 September 2010
Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O'Brien has been granted New Zealand residency.
Supporter Mark Servian made the announcement this morning in a message to members of the 'Let Richard O'Brien be a New Zealand citizen!' Facebook group.
"This is the key step on the way to citizenship and means that he can retire here, where his family have lived since the 1950s," says Servian.
O'Brien moved to New Zealand with his family in the early 1950s, and went back to the UK in 1964, only planning to spend a year or two there before coming home. He has kept links with New Zealand - owning land in Katikati - and has always called himself a Kiwi.
He credits his early years living in New Zealand – Hamilton, in particular – with providing the inspiration for his most famous creation, the Rocky Horror Show.
O'Brien portrayed the character Riff Raff in the 1975 movie adaptation, Rocky Horror Picture Show. A statue in his likeness was erected on the main street in Hamilton in 2004, after lobbying from thespian (and now Hamilton East City Council candidate) Servian.