The Council holds citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs. At these ceremonies new citizens swear oaths of allegiance* and are presented with their citizenship certificates, usually by Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
Thirty-one people received their citizenship certificates from Mr Shadbolt during the first ceremony for the year (February 12, 2013). The candidates included 2 Fijians, an Egyptian, 7 Britons, 4 Filipinos, 2 Samoans, 4 Koreans, 7 South Africans, a Sri Lankan, a Portuguese and two Indians
Up to six ceremonies are held in the Council Chambers each year and relatives are welcome to attend.
For inquiries and applications visit the Department of Internal Affairs website or telephone (0800) 225 151. Note that the department determines the names of the candidates.
"I [ ... ] swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, her heirs and successors according to the law, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil my duties as a New Zealand citizen. So help me God."
(*Source: Department of Internal Affairs)