How do I become a New Zealand Citizen?

Applications to become a New Zealand citizen are made through the Department of Internal Affairs. Information on how to do this can be found on their website or by phoning them on 0800 22 51 51.

The Department of Internal Affairs will communicate with you throughout your application process and will inform you when your official ceremony will be.

Where and when are the citizenship ceremonies held?

Citizenship ceremonies are usually held in the Council Chamber at Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street. The ceremonies are officiated by the Mayor or Deputy Mayor.

Citizenship ceremonies for 2016 will be held on:

  • Wednesday 16 March, 9.30am, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 27 April, 3.30pm, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 25 May, 9.30am and 3.30pm, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 22 June, 9.30am, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 3 August, 9.30am, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 7 September, 9.30am, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 2 November, 9.30am, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 23 November, 9.30am, Council Chamber
  • Wednesday 14 December, 3.30pm, Council Chamber

Please note that these dates are subject to change.

What happens at a citizenship ceremony?

Successful candidates for New Zealand citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony.

At the ceremony the candidate will stand before the Mayor and take either the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance, declaring that they will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, and that they will observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil their duties as a New Zealand citizen. After swearing allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, the candidate becomes a New Zealand citizen and is presented with a citizenship certificate. Light refreshments follow the ceremony.

Recipients are encouraged to wear national dress for the occasion, but this is optional. There is an opportunity to have photos taken with the Mayor.

Further Information

For all citizenship enquiries, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs on 0800 22 51 51.

For ceremony related enquiries, please contact Lisa Stowell, Team Leader – Administration, (03) 546 0276.