Successful applicants for the grant of New Zealand citizenship are must attend a citizenship ceremony at Council offices.
At the ceremony applicants stand before the Mayor and take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance. The oath declares that they will honour HM King Charles III, King of New Zealand, obey the laws of New Zealand and be a good citizen. Each person will be presented with a citizenship certificate. 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. It is an opportunity for you to publicly declare your allegiance to New Zealand.
At the Grey District Council, citizenship ceremonies are randomly held depending on the number of new citizens. Please contact the Council to find out when the next ceremony will be held, phone 03 769 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Internal Affairs
The New Zealand Citizenship Office (part of the Department of Internal Affairs) administers grants of citizenship, confirmation and denials of citizenship, and descent registrations.
Citizenship Ceremony - 13 July 2023
Held in the Grey District Council Chambers today. This was a very special occasion for eight recipients who received their New Zealand Citizenship in front of friends and family.
We had recipients of Egyptian, Indian, Swedish and United Kingdom nationalities.
Each recipient was presented with their Citizenship Award and a small Kowhai Tree by Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson.
Back row left to right: Deepti Mathew, Minna Johansson, Riham Ahmed, Mohamed Abozeid
Front Row left to right: Emma Smith, Julie Pullen, Mayor Tania Gibson Seifeldeen Abozeid and Yahia Abozeid
It is with pleasure we welcome these new citizens.
Citizenship Ceremony July 2023 recipients, pictured with Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson.