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Citizenship ceremonies

Wellington City Council holds ceremonies each month to celebrate our new citizens and welcome them to the capital city of New Zealand.

The Council recognises the importance of New Zealand Citizenship and is delighted to celebrate this significant moment with you, your family, and friends.

The ceremony is a celebration of your future in Wellington; an inclusive and multi-cultural city.

Wherever you have come from, and whether you bring your talent or have needed refuge, Wellington welcomes you!

2023 citizenship ceremonies

While these ceremonies are hosted by the Council, the Department of Internal Affairs allocates candidates to each ceremony. You will be notified by the Department when your ceremony will take place, along with details for attending.

Citizenship ceremony dates for 2023 are:

  • Monday 15 May 2023
  • Tuesday 13 June 2023
  • Monday 14 August 2023
  • Monday 4 September 2023
  • Tuesday 3 October 2023
  • Wednesday 8 November 2023
  • Tuesday 12 December 2023

Ceremonies will then recommence in February 2024.

Key information

Ceremonies are held at Te Papa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand. You must stay for the whole ceremony.

Our new citizens are required to declare publicly their commitment to New Zealand by reciting an oath (religious) or affirmation (secular) of allegiance, you may make this declaration in English or Te Reo Māori.


Please bring photo ID, which is required for entry.

Dress code

We encourage you to wear the national dress of your country of origin, however a smart casual dress code is an option too. Remember, it’s a celebration of both your past and your future, so feel free to express this in the appropriate way.

Bringing guests

Each family group (or individual) can bring up to two guests (due to limited venue capacity). If you want to bring more guests, please email to discuss if this will be possible.

Due to the capacity, prams are not permitted inside the venue and small children may be required to sit on their parents laps.


For information on becoming a New Zealand citizen, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs:

 Phone: 0800 22 51 51

For information on attending the ceremony, contact the Function & Events Coordinator, Office of the Mayor, Wellington City Council: