Rolling coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, who has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd at The Senedd on October 14, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales.

Photo: Getty Images/Chris Jackson

09:05 Dame Cindy Kiro 

The Governor General, Dame Cindy Kiro, speaks with Kathryn. 

09:15 UK correspondent Matthew Parris

UK correspondent Matthew Parris reflects on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and looks to the reign of King Charles III. 

09:25 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 

The Prime Minister delivers a speech following the passing of the Queen, and releases details about the next steps. There will be a memorial in the United Kingdom, followed by another in New Zealand. The Prime Minister and Governor General are expected to attend the memorial. Condolence books will be put out in Wellington. 

09:30 Chris Luxon

National party leader Christopher Luxon tells Kathryn he remembers first seeing the queen as a three year old when she visited for the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

09:35 Helen Clark

Helen Clark met the Queen many times in her time as 37th prime minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008.

09:45 Jim Bolger 

Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger met the Queen on several occasion both as a minister in Robert Muldoon's government and later as Prime Minister.

10:05 Tā Tipene O'Regan

Tā Tipene O'Regan is a kaumatua, Ngāi Tahu leader, Treaty negotiator, academic, and Member of the Order of New Zealand. He was also co-convenor of 2011 Constitutional Panel.  

10:25 Henry Cooke

Former political journalist Henry Cooke joins us from London to talk about the atmosphere around Buckingham Palace and how people reacted to the news of the Queen's death.

10:35 Dr Jock Phillips

Former chief historian Dr Jock Phillips joins us from London to reflect on the Queen's impact on New Zealand's history and how she was received during her 10 visits to our shores.

10:53 King Charles ascends the throne

After decades of waiting, Prince Charles has ascended to the throne as King Charles the Third.He's been the longest-serving heir apparent in Commonwealth history, and at 73, becomes the oldest new monarch. Max Towle has this report.

11:05 What was Queen Elizabeth really like?

Of all the reigns of British monarchs, Elizabeth the Second's was the most well-documented, photographed and filmed. In his latest biography Queen of Our Times Robert Hardman sought to paint a picture of what the monarch was really like.Robert has written extensively about the British royal family, in both books and for many television documentaries including ITV's The Duke: A Portrait of Prince Philip and BBC's Charles at 60: The Passionate Prince, which he also narrated.He's been a journalist and columnist for the Daily Telegraph and most recently, the Daily Mail. Robert has written about the Queen's life before, but this book - published for her 70th jubilee - is different...

11:25 Jane Patterson

RNZ Political editor Jane Patterson talks to Kathryn about the political reaction to the Queen's death.

11:30 Barbara Larsen: one of QEII's greatest fans

New Plymouth woman Barbara Larsen is a life long royalist and Queen Elizabeth super fan with a collection of more than 15,000 royal books. She was four when she began her 81 years of collecting royal books and magazines which now also includes books and pictures of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

11:38 Pacific reaction to the Queen's passing

World leaders have been paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth the second.....including in the Pacific region. RNZ Pacific correspondent Koroi Hawkins has been following

11:42 Monarchy New Zealand

Dr Sean Palmer is the Chair of Monarchy New Zealand