​​Becoming a New Zealand Citizen

Applications to become a New Zealand citizen must be made to the Department of Internal Affairs. You can find information on this process at their website or by phoning them on 0800 22 51 51.

The Department of Internal Affairs will communicate with you throughout your application process including when your official ceremony will be.

Rotorua Lakes Council hosts the formal ceremony in which you stand before the Mayor or Deputy Mayor and take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance, declaring you will honour Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, obey the laws of New Zealand and be a good citizen.

When are the 2020 Citizenship Ceremonies? 

Venue: Council Chamber, 1061 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010
Start time: 1:30pm

  • Tuesday - 18 February 2020
  • Tuesday - 17 March 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Tuesday - 19 May 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)​
  • Tuesday - 23 June 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)​​
  • Wednesday - 29 July 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)​
  • Tuesday - 18 August 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)​
  • Tuesday - 22 September 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)​
  • Tuesday - 20 October 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)​
  • Tuesday - 17 November 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Where are the citizenship ceremonies held?

In the Council Chambers, Civic Centre, 1061 Haupapa Street.

Who can attend a citizenship ceremony?

Ceremonies are open to the public, but usually only the candidates and their family/friends attend.

How will I know when my ceremony is?

Internal affairs will send you an invitation to attend your ceremony at the Rotorua Lakes Council approximately three​ weeks before the event.

How many guests can I bring to my ceremony?

Usually two guests.

Who should I contact if I want to become a citizen?

Department of Internal Affairs - 0800 22 51 51

Is afternoon tea served at the Citizenship Ceremony?

Yes the Citizenship Ceremony is a catered event.

How long is the Citizenship Ceremony?

A ceremony can take up to 2 hours 1-30pm - 3.30pm

Is there an RSVP on the invitation?

Yes there will be a RSVP section on the letter sent to the applicant from the Department of Internal Affairs.

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