New Zealand citizenship ceremonies are held in Kāpiti several times a year.
On 16 November 2016 Mayor Gurunathan presented citizenship certificates and gifts to 40 new New Zealand citizens at Raukawa mārae. For many recipients this was their first time going onto a mārae and experiencing the Māori language and atmosphere.
Mayor Gurunathan spoke about when he became a New Zealand Citizen and taking his oath in Māori at Whakarongotai mārae.
The ceremonies are conducted by the Mayor and commence at 7.00pm with candidates and guests requested to be seated by 6.50pm - there is no admittance once the ceremony has started.
Citizenship ceremonies are open to recipients and invited guests only. A light supper follows the ceremony.
2017 Citizenship Ceremonies
Location: Council Chambers, ground floor of the Civic Building, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.
Wednesday, 8 February
Wednesday, 29 March (6.30pm Whakarongotai Marae, Waikanae)
Wednesday, 7 June
Wednesday, 2 August
Wednesday, 20 September
Wednesday, 15 November
For all citizenship enquiries, contact the Department of Internal Affairs:
Phone: 0800 22 51 51
Website: Department of Internal Affairs
Successful applicants will receive notification from the Department of Internal Affairs regarding their scheduled ceremony.