Citizenship ceremonies suspended due to COVID-19

The Delta outbreak has resulted in additional restrictions being added to the Alert Level system and caused ongoing uncertainty to the planning of future ceremonies. As a result, the approach to holding citizenship ceremonies has been changed. Therefore the Department of Internal Affairs has made the decision that it is not in the public interest for ceremonies to go ahead unless all of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Therefore, no citizenship ceremonies will be held while any region is at Alert Level 2 or above. We will wait for further advise from the Department of Internal Affairs, everyone will be mailed their certificates when New Zealand has any region in Alert Level 2 or higher, any questions regarding your citizenship or your citizenship certificate please get in touch with the Department of Internal Affairs.

How do I become a New Zealand citizen?

If you're wanting to apply to become a New Zealand citizen then head over the Department of Internal Affairs website or give them a call on 0800 22 51 51.

The Department of Internal Affairs will communicate with you throughout your application process and will let you know the date for your official citizenship ceremony.

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What happens at a citizenship ceremony?

​The public ceremony is a last stage in becoming a New Zealand citizen and we would love for you to make this final step in Hamilton. It's an opportunity for our local community to welcome you on behalf of all New Zealanders after you have publicly declared your allegiance to our country.

At the ceremony you'll stand before the Mayor or Deputy Mayor and take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance, declaring that you will honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand; obey the laws of New Zealand and be a good citizen. After this formality, you will be presented with your official citizenship certificate, have your photo taken and be gifted a kowhai tree to remember this special day.

The doors for the Claudelands Events Centre will open 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

T​he citizenship ceremony will take approximately 90 minutes and is followed by light refreshments for you to enjoy. We encourage you to come dressed in your national or cultural dress and bring a camera for your friends and family to take photos during the ceremony. ​

Further information

For any enquires about the status of your application or date of your ceremony, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs directly on 0800 22 51 51.​​​​

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Last updated 18 July 2022