Citizenship ceremony

We hold citizenship ceremonies for Lower Hutt residents who have recently been granted New Zealand citizenship. Each person takes part in the swearing-in process and is presented with their citizenship certificate by the Mayor.

February 22

May 23

September 19

November 28

Invitations will be sent to recipients directly by Te Tari Taiwhenua| The Department of Internal Affairs one month before the ceremony date.

Citizenship ceremonies take place at Lower Hutt Town Hall, next to the main Council building on Laings Road.

Ceremonies start at 5pm sharp. Due to a high number of recipients you are encouraged to arrive at 4pm to check-in and be seated.

You can choose which statement you want to make in your application:

  • an oath of allegiance — which is a religious statement, or
  • an affirmation of allegiance.

You can make your oath or affirmation in English or te reo Māori.

The ceremony dress code is smart casual. You're encouraged  to wear the national dress of your country of origin, if you want to.

You can bring a maximum of 2 guests per family to the ceremony due to limited venue capacity. Please contact the council if you want to bring more than 2 guests or if you are bringing children who will need to be seated with you (certificate recipient).

You are encouraged to arrive 60mins before the ceremony begins to check-in and find your seat. You must stay for the entire duration of the ceremony.

If you want to know how to become a New Zealand citizen, contact Te Tari Taiwhenua | The Department of Internal Affairs on 0800 22 51 51.

Contact details

T: 04 570 6666 | 0800 488 824