A group of Central Otago residents received an early Christmas present last week when they were made New Zealand citizens in a ceremony at the Central Otago District Council rooms in Alexandra. Pictured are (from left) Lesley and lan Garrett (United Kingdom), Bernadette Hewson (Australia), Rebecca Paris (UK), Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan, the Nieuwenhuis family (South Africa/France) — mum Monique, sons Keanu (10), Devon (12), and in front dad Jacques Nieuwenhuis, a former professional rugby player in South Africa and France; Alisdair Au-Yong (UK), Tatyana McEwan (Uzbekistan), Ivan Snyman (South Africa) and Ellita Thomas (UK) with her daughter. PHOTO: SUPPLIED