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Citizenship ceremonies

If you’ve had your New Zealand citizenship approved and live in the Palmerston North area, come along to one of our citizenship ceremonies.

Photo shows people in traditional costume at a citizenship ceremony, NZ flag in background.

Palmerston North City Council recognises the importance of New Zealand citizenship and aims to make the ceremony an enjoyable experience for each candidate.

Ceremonies are held at the Palmerston North Convention Centre on Main Street. They start at either 10am or 2pm and last between 45 minutes and one hour.

At the end of the ceremony, new citizens and guests are invited to join the Mayor and Councillors for morning or afternoon tea.

Citizenship ceremony dates 2017

  • 1 February
  • 10 May
  • 9 August
  • 1 November

What happens at a citizenship ceremony?

  • Opening address by the Mayor
  • Candidates take the oath or affirmation
  • Presentation of certificates
  • Address by Member of Parliament for Palmerston North
  • Address by representative of Rangitāne
  • Singing of national anthem

How many guests may attend?

Each candidate for citizenship may bring two guests to the ceremony.

Candidates will be able to sit with their guests, and there is plenty of space available for pushchairs.

Obtaining citizenship

Palmerston North City Council is not responsible for granting citizenship. Enquiries about making an application for citizenship should be made to:

Department of Internal Affairs
New Zealand Citizenship Office
P O Box 10-680
Wellington 6143
Level 3
109 Featherston Street
Wellington 6011

Freephone: 0800 22 51 51 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9361 (from overseas)
Fax: (+64 4) 382 3406)

Once an applicant is successful in completing their citizenship application the Department of Internal Affairs will send a confirmation letter. They will also send a letter before the ceremony to advise when you are required to attend a public citizenship ceremony.