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.

It was all smiles after Mr Nikolay Zakhvatin was presented with his Citizenship Certificate by Mayor Tim Shadbolt.  Twenty-seven people received certificates at the ceremony on 12 February 2016.  [Click for a larger image.]

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

For inquiries and applications visit the Government’s Citizenship 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)