We are saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

We have flown our flags at half-mast at the Carterton Events Centre, the Council Office and Memorial Square to honour her passing.

We also have memorial books at the Events Centre should people wish to come and write a message of condolence.

An online condolence book will be available at www.royal.uk.

To honour the passing of the Queen of New Zealand and realm countries, we move into a period of official mourning.

Preparations begin for a state memorial service to be held after the official funeral is held in the United Kingdom. While we await details of these arrangements, we anticipate it will be held in the UK about 10 days’ time.