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 out from the Department of Internal Affairs.
Dates for 2017 Citizenship Ceremonies
They are held at Baycourt - Exhibition Hall and start at 3.30pm unless otherwise noted.
Dates for 2017 citizenship ceremonies:
Friday 3 March
Friday 10 March
Friday 17 March – 2 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
||2 max per person
New Zealand Government - NZ citizenship
Last Reviewed: 18/04/2017