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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 group of people standing in front of the New Zealand flag, including two women in saris, the mayor in dress chains and uniformed soldiers.

Obtaining citizenship

The 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.

When are the 2016 citizenship ceremonies?

14 April
11 August
16 November

Ceremonies are held at the Convention Centre, Main Street, Palmerston North and commence at 2.00 pm.

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.

What happens at a citizenship ceremony?

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

The following process is undertaken:
• Opening address by the Mayor
• Candidates to 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

A ceremony lasts 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 afternoon tea.