The Mayor's Office of Tauranga City hosts approximately six citizenship ceremonies each year.
During a ceremony, those taking part stand before an official person (normally the Mayor) and declare that they will honour Queen Elizabeth II, obey the laws of New Zealand and be a good citizen. The ceremony is important and interesting. It is a time when friends and family can come together to recognise the change in citizenship – from the country of birth to the country of choice.
Those taking part can choose whether to say the Oath or the Affirmation of Allegiance. The Oath is taken on a book of religion, the Affirmation is non-religious.
Application for citizenship is made through the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington.
Invitations to a citizenship ceremony are sent from the Department of Internal Affairs.
Dates for 2017 citizenship ceremonies
They are held at Baycourt –? Exhibition Hall and start at 3.30pm (entry from 3.15pm) unless otherwise noted. You may have two guests maximum per person.
Dates for 2017 citizenship ceremonies:
- Friday 3 March
- Friday 10 March
- Friday 17 March – two ceremonies (10.30am and 3.30pm)
- Thursday 20 April
- Wednesday 3 May
- Thursday 1 June
- Thursday 22 June
- Friday 28 July
- Thursday 17 August
- Wednesday 20 September
- Thursday 5 October
- Wednesday 22 November
- Wednesday 13 December
New Zealand Government - NZ citizenship
Last Reviewed: 18/05/2017