After the very sad news broke out this morning of Queen Elizabeth II passing, our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paid her deepest condolences to the royal family and paid tribute to the late Queen.
"I speak for all New Zealanders in conveying our deepest sympathy to members of the Royal Family. And condolences to King Charles, the third on behalf of the government and New Zealanders at this time of enormous loss."
"The last days of the Queen's life captures who she was in so many ways, working to the very end on behalf of the people she loved. And that is why I'm sure that we will receive the news of her passing with both emotions of deep sadness, but also gratitude for a life that was utterly and completely devoted to the service of others" she said.
"Over her reign, she has come to define notions of service, charity and consistency".
"She has also demonstrated courage, compassion and humor. A strong memory I will have of her as her laughter. She was extraordinary".
"We share our thanks for an incredible woman who we were lucky enough to call our queen."
We mourn the passing of Her Royal Majesty. She truly was remarkable.