Seven become citizens

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NEW CITIZENS: Seven residents became New Zealand citizens in a ceremony at the Waitaki District chambers yesterday.

Pictured are, back from left: Jude Dhammika, Madiligama Ralaage, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher, Jeroen Theodorus Jordens; front from left, Sieglyn Garciano Duero, Jyotishna Pierson, Vannisah Ramu, Kaladevi Palaniandy and Ramu Balakrishnan.

Mr Jordens said he had been in New Zealand 25 years and had been looking to take out citizenship for some time.

“It’s taken me awhile, but I’m pleased I finally did it.”

Mr Kircher said it was great to welcome new citizens to the town.

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY