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Citizenship Ceremonies

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(Statement on the use of macrons)

Successful applicants for the grant of New Zealand citizenship are required to attend a public citizenship ceremony. At the ceremony applicants stand before an official person 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. It is only after swearing allegiance that a person actually becomes a New Zealand citizen, and will be presented with a citizenship certificate.

Becoming a citizen at a public ceremony is a very important step in the process of becoming a New Zealand citizen. It is an opportunity for you to publicly declare your allegiance to New Zealand and for the local community to welcome you on behalf of all New Zealanders.

Exemptions
The following people are not required to attend a ceremony but may do so if they wish:
  • children under 14 years old
  • citizens by descent
  • people who were granted citizenship through their mother being a New Zealand citizen.
If you have any concern or questions about attending a public citizenship ceremony please contact us.

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.

New Zealand's National Anthem - God Defend New Zealand

English
God of Nations at Thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet
Hear our voices we entreat
God defend our free land

Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war
Make her praises heard afar
God Defend New Zealand
Maori
E Ihowa Atua
O nga iwi matoura
Ata whakarongona
Me aroha noa

Kia hua ko te pai
Kia tau to atawhai
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa


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