New Zealand High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

New Zealand citizenship

New Zealand citizenship carries the right to live permanently in New Zealand and hold a New Zealand passport. New Zealand citizenship can be obtained in three ways.

  • Through birth in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency (Antarctica)
  • By grant, with the approval of the Minister of Internal Affairs. (Someone who holds New Zealand residency and has lived in New Zealand for more than 5 years is eligible to apply for citizenship)
  • By descent, which covers children born outside New Zealand to a parent who is a New Zealand citizen by birth or through grant.

An application form for New Zealand citizenship is available from the Citizenship section of the Internal Affairs website. The Citizenship Office in Wellington processes all applications. Further information can be obtained from the Embassy or from the Citizenship Office:

Telephone: 64 4 463 9361
Facsimile: 64 4 382 3406

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