Citizenship ceremonies

​​​​​Important: ​​Measures in place during COVID-19 pandemic

New citizens don't need to attend a ceremony

The Minister of Internal Affairs has agreed in the interests of public health, to temporarily waive the requirement for new citizens to attend citizenship ceremonies. 

Citizenship certificates will be sent by courier to applicants who are affected by the cancellation of citizenship ceremonies or who are unable to attend a ceremony.

Becoming 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.​

The 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 Hamilton Gardens Pavilion will open 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony and we encourage you arrive early to allow plenty of time to be seated.

T​he citizenship ceremony will take approximately 75mins 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. ​

2021 citizenship ceremony dates

Please note that dates are subject to change.

​22 March 2021
28 June 2021
6 September 2021
6 December 2021 

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.​​​​

Page reviewed: 16 Feb 2021 12:43pm