​Successful applicants for the grant of New Zealand citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony at Council offices.


At the ceremony applicants stand before the Mayor 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. Once all Oaths/Affirmations have been taken and citizenship certificates have been presented, 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 and 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

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 - 21 February 2020

A recent Citizenship Ceremony took place at Grey District Council Chambers. It was a wonderful occasion where 15 recipients received their New Zealand Citizenship in front of their friends and families.  

We had recipients of Filipino, Papua New Guinean, Thai, British, Indian and Chinese nationalities.

Each recipient was presented with their Citizenship Award and a small Kowhai Tree by Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson.

 Citizenship Awards February 2020 recipients​, pictured with Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson.

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