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“Lots of love stories” and an additional language were the hallmarks of last week’s citizenship ceremony in Alexandra.

Twelve new citizens, from countries including Brazil, Ireland and Canada, were welcomed at the ceremony.

Many said making New Zealand their home had been “a dream”, and Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said “lots of love stories” had brought people here too.

The ceremony also featured an additional language. Clyde Primary School pupils and staff included New Zealand Sign Language among their versions of the national anthem, sung at the conclusion of the ceremony. It was the first time the national anthem had been performed in NZ Sign Language at the ceremony. PHOTO: PAM JONES