Citizenship Ceremonies

This page answers commonly asked questions about obtaining New Zealand Citizenship and gives the citizenship ceremony dates for the current year.

When are the citizenship ceremonies held?

Citizenship ceremonies are held once every two months depending on the numbers applying.

2017 Dates 

  • Monday 11 September
  • Monday 13 November

The ceremonies begin at 5.30pm and are held in The Spine, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Norrie St, Porirua City unless otherwise advised above.

The contact person for Porirua Citizenship Ceremonies is Caroline Fotualii, ph (04) 237 1548 or email

How do I get New Zealand citizenship?

Applicants should contact the Department of Internal Affairs to obtain a form that has to be filled out and filed for processing.

Applicants' backgrounds are checked - a process that could take up to four months.

Applications are then submitted to the Minister for his approval.

Once approved, applicants attend a Citizenship Ceremony during which they lay down an oath of allegiance to the Queen. They also receive a certificate stating that they are New Zealand citizens.

What happens at a citizenship ceremony?

All successful candidates who are granted New Zealand citizenship are required to attend a public citizenship ceremony.  Porirua City Council hosts five ceremonies per year. 
At the ceremony the candidate/s must stand before the Mayor and take either the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance, declaring that they will honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand and that they will obey the laws of New Zealand and be a good citizen. After swearing allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, that candidate finally becomes a New Zealand citizen and is presented with a citizenship certificate. 
Receiving citizenship at a public ceremony is an important step in the process of becoming a New Zealand citizen. It is an opportunity for the candidate to publicly declare his/her allegiance to New Zealand and for the local community to welcome her/him/them to the City on behalf of all New Zealanders.

Links to more citizenship information

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