Holiday to mark death of Queen Elizabeth II

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The Government has decided that New Zealand will have a one-off public holiday and memorial service to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The holiday will be held on Monday 26 September.

The day will not have any trade restrictions, which means shops can remain open but will need to pay their workers holidays pay rates.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said many New Zealanders would appreciate the opportunity to both mark her death and celebrate her life.

Ardern also confirmed she would represent New Zealand, alongside the governor-general, at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London. Ardern will depart New Zealand on Wednesday 14 September.

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