Citizenship ceremonies

The Council holds citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs. At these ceremonies new citizens swear oaths of allegiance* and are presented with their citizenship certificates, usually by Mayor Tim Shadbolt.

Citizenship---17-February-2015
The Heffer family after receiving their certificates from the Mayor on 17 February 2015. From left are Mrs Nicola Heffer, Mr Jason Heffer, Miss Kerry Heffer and Mr Mark Heffer. Photograph; Colleen Montgomery.

Up to six ceremonies are held in the Council Chambers each year and relatives are welcome to attend. Click the images on this page for larger versions.

For inquiries and applications visit the Department of Internal Affairs website or telephone 0800 225 151  Note that the department determines the names of the candidates.

The Oath:  “I [ … ] swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, her heirs and successors according to the law, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil my duties as a New Zealand citizen. So help me God.” (Source: Department of Internal Affairs)

Joshua Burrows captures his big moment with Mayor Tim after receiving his citizenship certificate at a ceremony in the Council Chamber. Joshua and brother Benjamin, mother Lucinda and father Gary - hail from Derbyshire in England and lived in Nelson and Gore before deciding Invercargill is the place to be!
Joshua Burrows captures his big moment with Mayor Tim after receiving his citizenship certificate at a 2014 ceremony in the Council Chamber. Joshua and brother Benjamin, mother Lucinda and father Gary – hail from Derbyshire in England and lived in Nelson and Gore before deciding Invercargill is the place to be! Photograph: John leask