New Zealand will mark the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a state memorial service and a one-off holiday, Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day, on Monday 26 September. The event is an opportunity to celebrate Her Majesty’s life and reign.
“Queen Elizabeth II served with dedication and integrity, providing continuity and stability as Head of State,” said Mayor Phil Goff.
“With her passing, we mark the end of the Elizabethan era, which has spanned more than 70 years, and we mourn the loss of a leader who has earned the respect of our nation and the world.”
The State Memorial Service
The State Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul and will be televised and streamed live. There will be no public screening by the State Memorial Service in Auckland.
Auckland Memorial Service – Holy Trinity Cathedral
The Auckland memorial service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held at 5pm on Monday 26 September at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell. Everyone is cordially invited.
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity recommends arriving on time during the day and recommends using public transport to get to and from the Cathedral.
Tāmaki Makaurau glows royal violet
In a coordinated citywide response, watch as Tāmaki Makaurau illuminates in royal purple on Monday, September 26 in recognition and celebration of Her Majesty.
Many of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks are illuminated including Vector Lights on Auckland Harbor Bridge, Te Ara I Whiti – The Lightpath, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Sky Tower, Eden Park, Quay Street Lights, PwC Tower, Westfield Newmarket, The Civic , Aotea Center and Viaduct Harbour.
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
Many of Auckland Council’s services and facilities are closed or open with reduced hours on bank holidays. Visit the Auckland Council website for information on all of the council’s services and facilities, or to report a problem online.
- All Auckland Council service centers will be closed.
garbage and recycling
swimming pools and leisure centers
- All Auckland Council pools and some of our leisure centers are open during standard bank holiday times.
- Learn to Swim, OSCAR and Term programs will not be conducted.
- Visit Auckland Leisure for the full list.
Auckland Council Libraries, Community and Arts Centers
- All Auckland Council libraries, community centres, community centres, arts centers (including all galleries) and research centers will be closed.
- Te Māpuna Library Connect and Pātaka Kōrero Kaewa Mobile Library and Access Services will also be closed.
- Visit the Auckland Libraries website for more information.
- If you have pre-ordered a building inspection for September 26th, it will be postponed.
In recognition of the Queen’s death
Books of condolence are open for the public to sign at Auckland Town Hall and all 56 Auckland Council Libraries until Sunday 25 September.
- Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
- Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 5pm
- Please enter the building from the main entrance on Queen Street and expect to queue.
- Please visit ourauckland.nz for updates and plan your journey into the city center carefully, taking into account the Essential Vehicle Area which has closed this area of Queen Street to private vehicles and taxis.
Auckland Council Libraries
- Visit our website for locations and opening hours.
Visit OurAuckland for more information on how Aucklanders can recognize the death of Queen Elizabeth II and for Mayor Phil Goff’s full statement on the Queen’s death on behalf of Auckland Council and the people of Tāmaki Makaurau.