You need to apply to the Department of Internal Affairs to become a New Zealand Citizen.
Council's role is to hold the ceremony
Citizenship ceremonies are held by arrangement. They are a formal affair conducted by the Chair of Commissioners in the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall, 37 Hokianga Road, Dargaville.
Successful applicants for New Zealand citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony, where they will receive their citizenship certificate.
Applicants stand before the Chair of the Commissioners and take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance, declaring they will honour Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, obey the laws of New Zealand and be a good citizen.
It is only after swearing allegiance that a person actually becomes a New Zealand citizen. Even though the Department of Internal Affairs provides separate approval, applicants are unable to call themselves a New Zealand citizen until they have taken part in a citizenship ceremony.
It is a very special day.