Citizenship Ceremony

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Citizenship Enquiries

Councils are not responsible for granting citizenship. Council coordinates New Zealand citizenship ceremonies for new citizens residing or working in the Coromandel.

Enquiries about citizenship and applications for citizenship should be made to the Department of Internal Affairs. 

Please contact:
Department of Internal Affairs 0800 22 51 511

2024 Ceremonies: 

Wednesday 7 March 
Wednesday 20 June
Wednesday 19 September
Thursday 12 December

For ceremony enquiries please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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 His Majesty the King, 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 guests 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.


What is the schedule of Ceremonies?

Ceremonies are held four times a year. All ceremonies start at 9:30am and are usually held in the Council Chambers in Thames. depended on the number of candidates. Ceremonies are officiated by our Mayor or Deputy Mayor.