Family makes NZ home

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 12:19 30/08/2013
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NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ

Sarah Jagoutz, her husband Aran and children Emily and David, both 13, became New Zealand citizens at the Invercargill City Council chambers.

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After being granted his fourth citizenship, Invercargill man Aran Jagoutz is calling New Zealand home.

Mr Jagoutz, his wife Sarah and their children Emily and David, both 13, were sworn in during a citizenship ceremony in the Invercargill City Council chambers this month.

Eleven people were sworn in from a diverse range of countries including Fiji, Samoa and Pakistan.

The family, originally from Winchester in England, are proud to call New Zealand home after living in Invercargill for more than eight years. 

Also a citizen in South Africa, Austria and Britain, Mr Jagoutz is calling New Zealand home.

At the ceremony Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt advised new citizens to meet New Zealanders by immersing themselves in the community by joining clubs, groups and committees.

The Jagoutz family has done just that.

Mr Jagoutz teaches at Central Southland College, instructs rock climbing at the YMCA, is a member of the Dance Southland committee and an instructor on the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

Mrs Jagoutz teaches at Otatara School and is involved with Rural Heritage Southland.

''The opportunities we've had as a family, particularly for the dhchildren, are unique and exciting. David and Emily have thrived.''

Twins Emily and David, both 13, are pupils at James Hargest College.

Both children have danced twice for the Imperial Russian Ballet and been involved with outdoor sporting activities. 

Last week David was awarded the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters premier award in technology at the organisation's Southland Science and Technology Fair.

But integrating into the Southland community would not have been possible without the support of friends, Mrs Jagoutz said.

''We've got a really strong network of friends, who have helped us through thick and thin. Thank you to all of our friends for all the support and loving care they've given us,'' she said.

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