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Privileges and responsibilities of a citizen

When you become a New Zealand citizen, you will have the same privileges as a person who was born here. You will also have the same responsibilities.

Your privileges

You are entitled to:

  • live in New Zealand indefinitely
  • travel overseas on a New Zealand passport
  • vote
  • stand for parliament or local government
  • have full access to education
  • have full economic and social rights
  • represent New Zealand in sports.

Your responsibilities

You must:

  • obey and promote the laws of New Zealand
  • not act in a way that is against the interests of New Zealand
  • register on the electoral roll — you do not have to vote, but you must enrol to vote
  • pay tax
  • behave as a responsible New Zealander.

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