The Waimakariri District Council has reported 33 people took the New Zealand Citizenship ceremony today.

People from other countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa and India were all represented within the ceremony.

Citizenship ceremonies are held approximately every two months in the Council Chambers at the Rangiora Service Centre.

The Department of Internal Affairs lets the Council know the names of those taking part in each ceremony. The Council will then send out invitations to the candidates to attend a citizenship ceremony, and they are also invited to bring along family and friends to mark the occasion. A copy of the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance will be sent with the invitation.

At the ceremony each candidate aged 16 years or over will read their Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to His Worship the Mayor, and will then receive their citizenship certificate. Children under 16 don’t need to read an Oath or Affirmation – they are just presented with their certificate. There is no official photographer present, but candidates and their guests are welcome to take photographs at any stage during the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony the New Zealand national anthem will be sung, followed by afternoon tea. Each family group gaining citizenship will be given a native tree, and a ‘welcome pack’ of information about the Waimakariri District. Passport application forms and election enrolment forms are also available at the ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the new New Zealanders!

References: WDC Facebook & http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/community/about-the-waimakariri-district/citizenship