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Magical welcome for new kiwis

By Emily Norman

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It was a “magical” day for Carterton’s library services manager Anne Jackson as she and her husband became Kiwi citizens at the Carterton Events Centre yesterday.

New citizens Anne and Neil Jackson read out their oath. On the left is new Carterton councillor Rebecca Vergunst. On the right is councillor Ruth Carter. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN
New citizens Anne and Neil Jackson read out their oath. On the left is new Carterton councillor Rebecca Vergunst. On the right is councillor Ruth Carter. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN

After working in UK prison services, the couple found themselves a very different home five and a half years ago when they moved to the daffodil capital of New Zealand.

Mrs Jackson, originally from North Wales, had met her husband Neil when working at a prison library in the UK.

He was the prison industries manager.

She began working at the Carterton Library when it first reopened with the Events Centre and “just ended up as the library services manager… I just love it,” she said.

“Today is hugely special to me and Neil.

“I feel like it means we belong.

“Everybody is just so welcoming, and today… it’s just magic… just magic.”

Mrs Jackson said she was so keen to become a citizen that she had sent the citizenship papers off too early.

General manager of Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, PJ Devonshire, with new citizen Andrew Earnshaw. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN
General manager of Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, PJ Devonshire, with new citizen Andrew Earnshaw. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN

The couple were joined by many other Wairarapa residents including Anna Bergstrom, Karen Chalmers, Rebecca Clark, Kirsten Earnshaw, Andrew Earnshaw, Hannah Kennish, Alison Norris-Baber, Mavis Saxton, Josephine Stanbury, Robin Weaver, Valerie Weaver, and Lucia Zanmonti.

Carterton School pupils welcomed the new citizens with song, dance and haka.

 

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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