Costs associated with the death of the Queen

Signing of condolence books for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Department of Internal Affairs made available condolence books at Parliament, the National Library and the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Wellington for the public to leave messages following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The books were available for signing from 9 September to 26 September 2022. An electronic facility to collate messages was also made available.   

The Department of Internal Affairs incurred $3,200 for the costs of flowers, portraits and other miscellaneous costs related to this activity.  

Proclamation of Accession ceremony for His Majesty King Charles III

Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, acceded as the King of New Zealand. A Proclamation of Accession ceremony was held on the steps of Parliament on Sunday, 11 September 2022 for the public reading of the Proclamation of Accession for King Charles III.

The Department of Internal Affairs incurred $15,800 for the delivery of the ceremony. Key costs included sign language interpretation, cultural support for whaik┼Źrero and karanga, event livestreaming and associated production delivery costs.   

State Memorial Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

New Zealand marked the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service on Monday, 26 September 2022. The State Memorial Service, held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, was a chance to celebrate her Majesty’s life and seven-decade reign as New Zealand’s Head of State.

Invited guests included representatives from a broad range of New Zealand communities and from organisations with particular links with the Queen.  The day of the State Memorial Service was a public holiday, to enable all New Zealanders to pay their respects and take part in the Service if they wished to. The Memorial Service was live broadcast on TV3, beginning with a National Minute of Silence. Members of the public were also able to view the livestreaming of the Memorial Service on screens set up in the grounds of Parliament.

The total cost incurred by the Department of Internal Affairs to deliver the Memorial Service reflects the national significance and unique nature of the event. 

A breakdown of costs is detailed below:

Catering

$18, 936.52

Printing

$6,178.84

Advertising

$4,347.83

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir

$7,478.26

Venue costs (e.g. use of Cathedral and staff time for two weeks, utilities, cleaning and reinstatement, loss of bookings)

$25,000.00

Expert services

$2,173.91

Event management and production costs (e.g. lighting, sound, screen and other equipment hire, production and technical services, traffic management and security)

$257,131.74

Miscellaneous

$3,678.26

TOTAL

$324,925.36

It is possible that some minor costs are yet to come in that have not been accounted for. 

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