You need to be able to hold a basic conversation in English to get NZ citizenship.
If you're from Samoa or applying for a child, you might not have to meet all the requirements.
If you apply in person
Your English is checked at your appointment.
If your English is not good enough, the case officer will tell you what you can do next.
If you apply by post
You need to send something with your application that proves you can speak English. This could be something in writing, from your work or school, as long as it proves you have spoken English there.
If a case officer has any questions about your English, they might ask you to come in for an interview.
At the interview, if the case officer does not think your English is good enough, they will tell you what you can do next.