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A warm welcome to our newest citizens

Yesterday marked our final citizenship ceremony for 2018.

There were 122 people from 24 different countries who received citizenship certificates from Mayor Andrew King.

The festive atmosphere was bought to life by the colourful cultural and traditional dress that recipients proudly wore on the day.

A moving moment was when everyone came together and sung the national anthem for the first time as New Zealand citizens.

These special ceremonies are the final step for people in becoming an official citizen of New Zealand.

Besides a certificate, people are also gifted a kowhai seedling to plant as recognition of their decision to now call New Zealand home.

Those who attended the ceremony included individuals or entire families, and  were supported by councillors, representatives from cultural organisations, family members and friends.

We wish our new citizens and their families all the best as they enjoy their first Christmas as official citizens of New Zealand.

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