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Welcome to Central Otago . . . Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan congratulates (from left) Jose Gacitua Anabalon, Benjamin Poblete Jalon, Maria Jalon Ovalle, Nicolas Poblete Jalon, Matias Poblete Ortiz, Neil Taylor, Pradeep Sing, Sue Anderson and Christine Butler on their New Zealand citizenship after the latest citizenship ceremony in Central Otago District Council chambers.

Mrs Butler was a special guest at the ceremony, invited to attend because when she received her citizenship in 1978 her certificate was delivered by post only.

She said it was “lovely” to finally attend a ceremony, and others who received their citizenship spoke of their joy at settling in New Zealand and Central Otago. PHOTO: PAM JONES