New Zealand citizenship ceremonies are held in Kāpiti several times a year.
On 16 November 2016 Mayor Gurunathan presented citizenship certificates and gifts to 40 new New Zealand citizens at Raukawa marae. For many recipients this was their first time going onto a marae and experiencing the Māori language and atmosphere.
Mayor Gurunathan spoke about when he became a New Zealand Citizen and taking his oath in Māori at Whakarongotai mārae.
The ceremonies are carried out by the Mayor and start at 7pm in the Council Chambers, which are located in the Civic Building (unless otherwise informed). Candidates and guests need to be seated by 6.50pm because once the ceremony starts the doors to the Civic Building are locked for security reasons and no one else will be able to enter so please make sure you're on time if you're coming along.
Citizenship ceremonies are open to recipients and invited guests only. A light supper follows the ceremony.
2018 Citizenship Ceremonies
Location: Council Chambers, ground floor of the Civic Building, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.
Wednesday, 31 January (6.30pm Raukawa Marae, Otaki)
Wednesday, 14 March
Wednesday, 2 May
Wednesday, 13 June
Wednesday, 25 July
Wednesday, 5 September
Wednesday, 17 October
Wednesday, 28 November
For all citizenship enquiries, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs:
Phone: 0800 22 51 51
Website: Department of Internal Affairs
Please don't contact the Council with queries concerning scheduling of applicants into ceremonies.
Successful applicants will receive notification from the Department of Internal Affairs regarding their scheduled ceremony 3 to 4 weeks before the ceremony.