Successful applicants for the grant of New Zealand Citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony at Council offices.
At the ceremony, applicants stand before the Mayor and take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance, declaring that they will honour HM Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, obey the laws of New Zealand and be a good citizen. Once all Oaths/Affirmations have been taken and citizenship certificates have been presented, along with a Kowhai tree, the Mayor will then invite new citizens and their guests to have refreshments.
Attending a ceremony is a very important step in the process of becoming a New Zealand citizen and is an opportunity for you to publicly declare your allegiance to New Zealand.
At the Clutha District Council, citizenship ceremonies are held at Council meetings, depending on the number of new citizens.
The New Zealand Citizenship Office (part of the Department of Internal Affairs) organises the citizenship meeting dates, administers grants of citizenship, confirmation and denials of citizenship, and descent registrations. www.dia.govt.nz