Departing aide sees in new Kiwis

23:51, Feb 03 2013
Milagros Makin
Hello and Goodbye: Army Captain Grant Palmer welcomes new New Zealand citizens Chris Makin, Milagros Makin and Mark Makin in his last official role as mayoral aide after 15 years in the job.

A ceremony to welcome 10 new New Zealanders at the Marlborough District Council on Friday also marked the farewell for a familiar face at citizen ceremonies in Blenheim.

Mayoral aide Captain Grant Palmer of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Brigade assisted at his last official function at the New Zealand Citizenship Ceremony. Captain Palmer, who has worked with three mayors as aide over 15 years, and his wife are leaving Marlborough to move to Sydney, Australia.

Captain Palmer has assisted at citizenship ceremonies for the past eight years.

The job had been awesome, he said, especially at Anzac Day ceremonies and seeing the diversity of people at the citizenship ceremonies.

Captain Palmer did not rule out returning to Marlborough in the future, saying the lifestyle was amazing.

Among the new citizens Captain Palmer helped welcome in his last official duty were the Makin family: Milagros Makin originally from the Philippines, her husband Christopher Makin, originally from England, and their son Mark Makin. Moving to New Zealand was a dream come true, Mr Makin said. "I remember when I was about 12 my father always talked about emigrating to New Zealand and we never did, but I always knew it was a beautiful country so it's great to end up here."


The Makins met in Hong Kong, where they spent 15 years and Christopher was born there.

However, Mrs Makin said after six years in New Zealand they were ready to settle here and becoming Kiwis was a great day.

"We're so proud of being Kiwi citizens, it feels good."


Kendall Rose Colvey - American

Vitalie Popa - Moldovan Romanian

Milagros Eleferia Makin - Filipino

Christopher Roger Makin - British

Mark Anthony Makin -British

Judith Estelle Hill - British

Jeremy David Stevens - British

Andrea Stevens - British

Aaron Corkhill - British

Lloyd Corkhill - British 

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