Citizenship ceremonies

The Porirua Mayor hosts up to five ceremonies per year (Covid-dependent) to award new New Zealanders with citizenship.

Attend a citizenship ceremony

Porirua City hosts a number of citizenship ceremonies a year at Pātaka Art + Museum. All those attending should arrive at 5pm for a 5.30pm start. 

Dates for 2023:

Monday, 6 March

Monday, 8 May

Tuesday, 6 June

Monday, 3 July

Monday, 7 August

Monday, 4 September

Monday, 2 October

Monday, 6 November

Find out about our citizenship ceremonies by contacting Caroline Fotualii on (04) 237 1548 or

If your application to become a citizen is approved, you must attend a citizenship ceremony and make an oath of allegiance to the Sovereign. This is an opportunity for you to declare your allegiance to New Zealand in public, and for our community to welcome you on behalf of all New Zealanders.

At the ceremony, you will stand before the Mayor and make either an oath or affirmation of allegiance to honour the Sovereign and to obey the laws of New Zealand, and be a good citizen.

After swearing your allegiance to the Sovereign, you become a New Zealand citizen and receive a certificate confirming your New Zealand citizenship. 

Becoming a New Zealand citizen

Find out what you need to do to become a citizen at the Department of Internal Affairs.