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 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.

The 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. ​

2019 citizenship ceremony dates

Please note that dates are subject to change.

Hamilton Gardens Pavilion map

Friday 8 February​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Friday 15 March​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Friday 29 March2.00pm​Hamilt​on Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 15 April​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 20 May​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 17 June ​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 15 July​2.00pm​​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 19 August2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 16 September​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 21 October​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 18 November​2.00pm​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
​Monday 16 December​2.00pm​​Hamilton Gardens Pavilion

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: 31 Jan 2019 12:13pm