New citizens welcomed with national anthem

Central Otago’s latest citizenship ceremony was celebrated in true Kiwi style in Alexandra yesterday.

People from a range of nationalities were welcomed with a powhiri before swearing allegiance to Her Majesty The Queen in front of friends, family and Mayor Tim Cadogan (centre).

Among them are (from left) Gary Coughtrey (Britain); Garry Croy (Britain); Hans-Joachim Scholz and Renate Scholz (Germany); Jason John (Britain); Petra Malkova (Czechoslovakia); Susan Soennichsen (America); Craig Gilchrist (Britain); Janet Hawkins (Australia); Weiwei Su (China) and Zoe Cunningham (Britain).

Clyde School children performed the national anthem to complete the ceremony.

PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

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