Loss of citizenship

15 Renunciation of citizenship


A New Zealand citizen who has attained the age of 18 years and is of full capacity and who is recognised by the law of another country as a citizen of that country may, at any time, make a declaration of renunciation of his New Zealand citizenship in the prescribed manner.


Subject to subsection (3), the Minister shall cause every declaration made under subsection (1) to be registered in the prescribed manner, and, as from the date of that registration, the declarant shall cease to be a New Zealand citizen.


The Minister may decline to register a declaration of renunciation if—


the declarant is resident in New Zealand; or


a state of war exists between New Zealand and any other country.


A person who has ceased to be a New Zealand citizen under this section may regain New Zealand citizenship only by way of a grant of citizenship under section 8 or section 8A or section 9.

Compare: 1948 No 15 s 21

Section 15(3)(a): amended, on 21 April 2005, by section 9 of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 43).

Section 15(4): inserted, on 10 December 2001, by section 9 of the Citizenship Amendment Act (No 2) 2001 (2001 No 95).