What's happening with citizenship ceremonies under alert level 4?
Taking the oath at a citizenship ceremony is the final stage in a person’s journey to becoming a New Zealand citizen. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirement for new citizens to attend citizenship ceremonies is waived.
Palmerston North was to host ceremonies in May. These have now been cancelled.
The Secretary of Internal Affairs has determined that is not in the public interest for ceremonies be scheduled at this time.
The Department of Internal Affairs will issue citizenship certificates to all applicants who have been approved for a grant of citizenship and are affected by the cancellation of citizenship ceremonies, or who are unable to attend a ceremony due to public health measures in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. These will be sent by courier.
While the suspension means new citizens aren’t taking an oath publicly, they sign a statutory declaration as part of the application process that they understand the responsibilities of citizenship.
The department is currently planning communication, which will provide links to the Governor-General’s and Minister of Internal Affairs’ addresses that are normally screened at the ceremony, and other information.
If you have any questions please contact the department's Ceremonies team. Email CitizenshipCeremonies@dia.govt.nz.