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Porirua City is at the orange setting of the traffic lights protection framework. This means some changes to the way we work and live, as protections are in place to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the community. Find out more

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Citizenship ceremonies

The Mayor hosts five ceremonies per year to award new New Zealanders with citizenship.

Attend a citizenship ceremony

Porirua City hosts a number of citizenship ceremonies a year at Pātaka Museum of Arts and Cultures. All citizens should arrive at 5pm for a 5.30pm start. 

Please note that while we are in the Red Covid-19 Protection Framework settings, all ceremonies are on hold. Dates for 2022 will be added once we know that citizenship ceremonies can resume.

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.