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​​​​​​​​​Ashburton District Council hosts formal citizenship ceremonies for local residents becoming New Zealand citizens.

Becoming a New Zealand citizen

Applications to become a New Zealand citizen must be made to the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).

Department of Internal Affairs staff will guide you throughout your application process including letting you know when your citizenship ceremony will be held.

For more information on becoming a New Zealand citizen visit​​ or phone 0800 22 51 51.

Ceremony details

Ashburton District Council hosts the formal citizenship ceremony where new citizens take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and receive their certificate of citizenship.

Ceremonies are held several times throughout the year. The ceremony is around one hour long, followed by light refreshments.

We encourage candidates to come dressed in cultural attire if they are able to and to bring along a camera as there will be an opportunity at the end of the ceremony for a photo with the Mayor or Deputy Mayor and others receiving their citizenship.

Further information

For information on citizenship ceremonies please contact Council by email or call (03) 307 7700.

For enquiries on the status of your citizenship application, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs on 0800 22 51 51.​