Citizenship ceremonies

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. Joshua, 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!

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.

Up to six ceremonies are held in the Council Chambers each year and relatives are welcome to attend.

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)