The Register of Persons Naturalised in New Zealand before 1949

December 3, 2015

This Register is now fully digitised and searchable on Archway Public. Naturalisation is the process by which a non-citizen becomes a citizen of a country. Most people in New Zealand were British citizens until 1948. Up to then Naturalisation gave British citizenship. After the beginning of New Zealand citizenship in 1949, Naturalisation gave New Zealand citizenship. Archives New Zealand holds Naturalisation records dating from the early 1840s onwards.

This register is a rich source of information for genealogical researchers and those interested in social history.  It is easily searchable as each page shows the first three letters of the top and bottom names.

For more information on Naturalisation records see our research guide.