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By the time you read this, I will have achieved new status. Not that of bestselling author, award-winning tutor, or mum of the year (though any of those would be nice), but that of New Zealand citizen.

I've contemplated this title for years. Permanent residents here have nearly the same rights as citizens, except citizens can hold elected office, travel to and work in Australia without a visa and get a Kiwi passport. I'm especially keen on the last item.

Our family has lived in Aotearoa, in the Bay of Plenty, about eight years. I'd been here fewer than

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