Version as at 28 October 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Citizenship Act 1977

Public Act
1977 No 61
Date of assent
1 December 1977
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.


1Short Title and commencement
3Special provisions relating to parentage
4Administration of Act
4ADelegation of powers by Secretary
4BTransitional, savings, and related provisions
5Act binds Crown
6Citizenship by birth
7Citizenship by descent
8Citizenship by grant
8AGrant of citizenship to spouse of New Zealand citizen [Repealed]
9Grant of citizenship in special cases
9ADisqualifying convictions
9BMinister may rescind approval at any time up until applicant becomes citizen
10Grant of citizenship as of right in certain cases
11Minister may require oath or affirmation of allegiance to be taken
12Certificate of New Zealand citizenship
13Existing rights of citizenship protected
14Applications made under British Nationality and New Zealand Citizenship Act 1948 may be proceeded with under this Act
15Renunciation of citizenship
16Deprivation of New Zealand citizenship in special cases
17Deprivation of New Zealand citizenship in case of fraud, etc
18Effect of order
19Court review of grounds for depriving person of citizenship
20Saving of obligations incurred before loss of citizenship, etc
21Evidentiary certificates
22Minister may delegate functions and powers to overseas representatives
23Capacity as to property
24General provisions as to certificates and other documents
26Discovery of documents held under this Act
26ADisclosure of citizenship information to certain agencies for certain purposes
26BAccess to information for citizenship purposes
26CAccess to information for purposes of Identity Information Confirmation Act 2012
27Offences and penalties
29Application of Act to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau
30Repeals, consequential amendments, and revocation

An Act to make better provision with respect to the status of New Zealand citizenship, and to consolidate and amend the British Nationality and New Zealand Citizenship Act 1948