Citizenship Act 1977

  • This version was reprinted on 31 October 2014 to make a correction to the definition of employee in section 2(1) under section 25(1)(i) of the Legislation Act 2012.
9 Grant of citizenship in special cases
  • (1) Without limiting anything in section 8, the Minister may, upon application in the prescribed manner, authorise the grant of New Zealand citizenship to any person, including a person who may be a New Zealand citizen by descent,—

    • (a) who has not yet attained the age of 16 years; or

    • (b) whose father or mother was, at the time of that person's birth, a New Zealand citizen by descent; or

    • (c) if the Minister is satisfied that granting a certificate of New Zealand citizenship to the applicant would be in the public interest because of exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian or other nature relating to the applicant; or

    • (d) if the person would otherwise be stateless.

    (2) In considering whether to authorise the grant of New Zealand citizenship to any person under subsection (1), the Minister—

    • (a) may have regard to such of the requirements of section 8(2) (as subject to section 8(3) to (9)) as the Minister thinks fit; and

    • (b) must have regard to the requirements of section 9A(1) (but subject to the Minister's discretion under section 9A(2) and (3)).

    Section 9: replaced, on 21 April 2005, by section 7 of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 43).