NZ sets Queen public holiday September 26

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New Zealand will follow Australia and hold a one-off public holiday to allow for reflection on Queen Elizabeth II's death.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand would stage a state memorial service on September 26, which would also be a national holiday known as Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day.

"As New Zealand's queen and much-loved sovereign for over 70 years, it is appropriate that we mark her life of dedicated public service," Ms Ardern said.

The service will take place in Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in the capital.

Unlike Australia, New Zealand's parliament is meeting this week, but only on Tuesday - a day dedicated to condolence motions for the deceased monarch.

The prime minister will then travel to London, along with the Governor-General Cindy Kiro, on Wednesday to represent New Zealand at the state funeral service.

In making the trip, she has abandoned plans to travel to the United States this week on Air New Zealand's inaugural direct Auckland-New York service.

Instead, she will fly to New York next Monday to attend the United Nations General Assembly and stage an online extremism summit, with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Parliament will legislate for the memorial day next week in Ms Ardern's absence.