Citizenship Ceremonies

​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.

Citizenship Ceremony at Waitaki District Council.

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.

2020 citizenship ceremony dates

Please note that dates are subject to change.

Tuesday 25 February4pm
Tuesday 19 May 2.30pm
Tuesday 1 September 2.30pm
Tuesday 24 November ​2.30pm

Where are the citizenship ceremonies held?

In the Council Chamber, Waitaki District Council, 20 Thames Street, Oamaru, 9444. 

Who can attend a citizenship ceremony?

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

Page reviewed: 09 Jan 2020 4:10pm