New citizens in Central

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Sixteen people who took part in a New Zealand citizenship ceremony in Alexandra last Friday.

They came from the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Fiji, Malaysia and the United States.

Mayor Tim Cadogan led the ceremony at the Central Otago District Council rooms and asked each adult to read an oath or affirmation of allegiance.

Captain McIntosh is from Fiji, and is a corp officer and pastor with the Alexandra branch of the Salvation Army.

She met her husband, Captain Murray McIntosh, when he was serving in Fiji in 2007.

“I was part of the church there and was a kindergarten teacher for the Salvation Army,” she said.

They married in June 2008, and in 2010 returned to New Zealand, studying at the Booth College of Mission in Upper Hutt.

“I got my diploma of theological study in 2011 and then we were posted to Alexandra.

“We are in charge of the Alexandra parish.”

The couple have two children, Joshua (8) and Samuel (2).

She said she was not nervous when she took part in the citizenship ceremony at the Central Otago District Council rooms on Friday.

Those taking part were given a kowhai tree.

“I am not sure what we are going to do with the kowhai,” she said.

“At the moment it is planted in a pot and being in the Salvation Army we can move around a lot, so we need to decide what we are going to do with it.”

New citizens

Garry and Patricia Hilton (from the United Kingdom)

Angelito, Chyna, Carinthia, Adriana and Angelina (Philippines)

Suman McIntosh (Fiji)

Maxine Miller (UK)

Sarah Tiong (Malaysia)

Elizabeth, Rene, Earl Christian and Earl Mathew Tumabini, (Philippines)

Iza Haspela (Philippines)

Elise Velenski (US)