Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizen ceremony

The Waitaki District Council hosts the formal citizenship ceremony. This public ceremony is a very important step in the process of becoming a New Zealand citizen. 

It is an opportunity for new citizens to publicly declare their allegiance to New Zealand and for our local community to welcome them on behalf of all New Zealanders. We host up to four citizenship ceremonies every year to formally present residents from overseas with their New Zealand citizenship.

Becoming a New Zealand Citizen

Applications to become a New Zealand citizen must be made to the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). You can find information on this process on the Department of Internal Affairs website or phone them on 0800 22 51 51. Once your application to become a New Zealand citizen has been approved by the DIA, you must attend a Citizenship Ceremony.

Please note: You will not be New Zealand citizen until you have said your oath or affirmation at the ceremony

Dates for 2024

  • 20 February 4pm
  • 21 May 4pm
  • 20 August 4pm
  • 19 November 4pm


Where are the citizenship ceremonies held?

At the Oamaru Opera House, 90 Thames Street, Oamaru or alternately at the Te Runanga o Moeraki Marae, Tenby Street, Moeraki.

Who can attend a citizenship ceremony?

Ceremonies are open to the public, but usually only the candidates and their family/friends attend.