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Citizenship ceremonies

The Mayor's Office of Tauranga City hosts approximately one citizenship ceremony each month. 

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 2018 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 2018 citizenship ceremonies:

  • Thursday 23 August
  • Thursday 12 September
  • Thursday 18 October
  • Thursday 15 November
  • Thursday 12 December
  • Thursday 13 December (if required)

Dates for the remainder of the year to be confirmed.

New Zealand Government - NZ citizenship

Last Reviewed: 08/08/2018

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