Citizenship ceremonies

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 Claudelands Events Centre will open 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

T​he citizenship ceremony will take approximately 90 minutes 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 

*The Ceremony on 6 September at Claudelands Event Centre has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 guidelines. Please be advised the Department of Internal Affairs will be mailing your certificates to you directly, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs if you have any queries or do not receive your certificate.

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.​​​​

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