Citizenship Ceremony

All successful candidates who are granted New Zealand citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony.

Citizenship Enquiries

Councils are not responsible for granting citizenship. Enquiries about citizenship and an application for citizenship should be mde to the Department of Internal Affairs.

Council coordinates New Zealand citizenship ceremonies for new citizens residing or working in the Coromandel.

For all citizenship enquiries, please contact:

Department of Internal Affairs

Phone: 0800 22 51 511


Citizenship Ceremony

What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony?

All successful candidates who are granted New Zealand citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony. Attending this 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 New Zealanders.

After swearing allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, that candidate finally becomes a New Zealand citizen and is presented a citizenship certificate. As a special touch, we provide new citizens with a native tree to plant at home as a symbol of becoming a New Zealander and choosing to put roots down in this country. Light refreshments are served after each ceremony.

How many guest may attend?

Four guests are entitled to accompany each individual being granted citizenship at the ceremony. However, additional guests may be permitted depending on individual circumstances.

Schedule of Ceremonies

All ceremonies start at 9:30am in Council Chambers in Thames and are officiated by our Mayor or Deputy Mayor.

2018 dates
  • 21 March
  • 20 June
  • 19 September
  • 5 December 

For ceremony enquiries please contact us on 07 868 0200

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