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|The cover design is based around the idea of Matariki, and the alignment of the stars. |
Each town represents an individual star coming together to form a small constellation which takes the shape of New Zealand.
Matariki itself indicates the beginning of the Māori New Year in the middle of June, but is also about celebrating new life, new beginnings.
Choice (Whiriwhiria) - The New Zealand citizenship storyChoice is a commemorative book which acknowledges the commitment that new citizens make to New Zealand.
The book features the stories of people who have chosen to become New Zealand citizens and includes information on New Zealand citizenship.
It will be presented to new citizens when they attend the citizenship ceremonies which are organised by councils around the country.
If you would like a copy of Choice you can download a PDF version of Choice (pdf 5.8mb), or you can download the book by chapter:
- Introduction (pdf 277kb)
- Who grants citizenship (pdf 63kb)
- Responsibilities and privileges (pdf 68kb)
- How people become citizens (pdf 262kb)
- Citizenship and the Treaty of Waitangi (pdf 193kb)
- General criteria for the grant of New Zealand citizenship (pdf 158kb)
- Citizenship and permanent residence (pdf 28kb)
- Citizenship ceremonies (pdf 77kb)
- The New Zealand system of government (pdf 96kb)
- Your rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (pdf 704kb)
- Our history of citizenship and human rights (pdf 209kb)
- Official languages (pdf 250kb)
- Citizenship over the years (pdf 134kb)
- Changing answers to “where are you from” (pdf 81kb)
- National Holidays (pdf 89kb)
- National Anthems (pdf 597kb)
- People Profiles (pdf 3.6mb)
This work, excluding the personal information and photographs used in citizens’ profiles, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence. In essence, you are free to copy, distribute and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the work to the Department of Internal Affairs and abide by the other licence terms. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/nz/
Citizenship Ceremony videoCitizenship ceremonies are hosted by councils around the country. The Department of Internal Affairs has developed a special video for councils to welcome new citizens attending a citizenship ceremony. The five minute video celebrates the people, and the sights and sounds of New Zealand, and includes messages from the Governor General and the Minister for Internal Affairs.
You can see the citizenship ceremony video here (YouTube):