New Zealand citizenship ceremonies are held regularly in Christchurch, the venue to be confirmed about a month before the ceremony date.
The ceremonies are officiated by the Mayor. Each ceremony runs for approximately one and a half hours and is followed by light refreshments.
While these ceremonies are organised by the Christchurch City Council, the Council is not responsible for allocating candidates to ceremony dates. This is the decision of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).
Ceremonies are by invitation only.
Invitations are sent to new citizens by the DIA and queries should be made to:
DIA call centre: 0800 22 51 51
DIA website(external link)
The Citizenship Ceremony is when people pledge their allegiance to NZ and receive their certificate of Citizenship from the Mayor of Christchurch.
Until they receive their certificates personally, they are unable to call themselves NZ citizens even though they have received approval from the Department of Internal Affairs as to their suitability.
The Department of Internal Affairs assesses a persons suitability for citizenship and invites new citizens to the Ceremonies. DIA then tells the Christchurch City Council the names of those persons approved so that we can arrange the ceremony.