Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982

7 Grant of citizenship as of right in certain cases
  • (1) Notwithstanding anything in section 8 or section 9 of the Citizenship Act 1977, the Minister of Internal Affairs shall, upon application made to him, immediately authorise the grant of New Zealand citizenship to any person who proves to the satisfaction of the Minister—

    • (a) that he is a citizen of Western Samoa or a person to whom this Act applies; and

    • (b) that he—

      • (i) was in New Zealand at any time on the day before the date of the commencement of this Act; or

      • (ii) has lawfully entered New Zealand after the commencement of this Act and is entitled, in terms of the Immigration Act 2009, to be in New Zealand indefinitely.

    (2) Sections 4A, 11, 12, 24, 27, and 28 of the Citizenship Act 1977, and any regulations made under that Act, shall apply with any necessary modifications in respect of an application under subsection (1) of this section as if it were an application under section 10 of that Act.

    Section 7(1)(b)(ii): amended, at 2 am on 29 November 2010, by section 406(1) of the Immigration Act 2009 (2009 No 51).

    Section 7(1)(b)(ii): amended, on 1 November 1987, by section 151(1) of the Immigration Act 1987 (1987 No 74).

    Section 7(2): amended, on 17 December 1985, by section 2 of the Citizenship (Western Samoa) Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 170).