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The Citizenship Act only permits applications for citizenship in certain categories. The first is being born here to New Zealand citizens, and the second is an application after being a resident for 5 years. There is no citizenship by the descent as you have described. In 1955 British citizens had better rights to stay here then now, and your father would have been able to become a citizen at the time if he had applied. But you would not inherit that right as you were not born here