Citizenship ceremonies are held by the Upper Hutt City Council on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs to welcome new citizens to New Zealand and confirm their citizenship

Candidates are required to attend a ceremony to declare publicly their commitment to New Zealand and recite an oath or affirmation of allegiance before becoming a New Zealand citizen. Candidates only become New Zealand citizens once the oath or affirmation has been sworn and the certificate of Citizenship has been presented.

While these ceremonies are hosted by the Upper Hutt City Council, we are not responsible for allocating candidates to ceremony dates. This is the decision of the Department of Internal Affairs and you will be notified by them when your ceremony will take place. Ceremonies are by invitation only.

Citizenship ceremony

The Upper Hutt City Council recognises the importance of New Zealand Citizenship and endeavours to make the ceremony an enjoyable experience for each candidate.

The ceremonies are officiated by Mayor Wayne Guppy and Council’s Chief Executive Chris Upton. Each ceremony runs for approximately an hour.

The following process is undertaken:

  • Opening address by the Mayor
  • Candidates to take the oath or affirmation
  • Presentation of certificates
  • Concluding address
  • National anthem
  • Light refreshments for the new citizens and guests with the Mayor

Ceremony venue

The Citizenship ceremony is held at Expressions Whirinaki, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt.

Ceremony frequency

Ceremonies are held when required, approximately every four months. The Upper Hutt City Council will be notified by the Department of Internal Affairs when there are enough candidates waiting and then a date will be set. The next ceremony date has not been set. It is likely to be March 2017. Our last ceremony was held on 20 December 2016.

Please remember that you will be notified by the Department of Internal Affairs when your ceremony will take place via a personal invitation.

What to bring

Candidates are not required to bring anything along for the purpose of the ceremony itself. However, we do encourage you to bring along relatives and special friends to help celebrate your special occasion (maximum of 4-5 guests each). If candidates wish to use a camera to take photographs or a video camera to record the event, they are welcome to do so.

Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance

Candidates must recite the Oath of Allegiance or Affirmation of Allegiance before becoming a New Zealand citizen.

  • Oath of Allegiance:
    I (your name) swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, her heirs and successors according to the law, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil my duties as a New Zealand citizen. So help me God.
  • Affirmation of Allegiance
    I (your name) solemnly and sincerely affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, her heirs and successors according to the law, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil my duties as a New Zealand citizen.

Citizenship application fees and forms

For further information, including details of fees, or to get an application form please contact:

New Zealand Citizenship Office
Freephone: 0800 22 51 51 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 463 9361 (from outside New Zealand)
E-mail: citizenship@dia.govt.nz
Website: www.citizenship.govt.nz

To contact someone at Council to discuss further:

Kerrie Falconer
Executive Assistant to the Mayor
Ph: (04) 527 2189
E: kerrie.falconer@uhcc.govt.nz

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Last updated on 21 Dec 2016