9.30pm: The episode finishes on Michelle and Julia talking over lunch.
Julia: "It's such a good thing to be able to forgive"
Michelle: "I didn't say I forgave you"
I love you, Michelle #RHOAKL— Ida (@_idarima) September 20, 2016
It's real cool that Michelle is so strong about this. Tbh I really admire her. #RHOAKL— Renee Church (@Reneethe60s) September 20, 2016
Julia: I'm not going to dig myself into a hole— Joshua Walker (@joshuawalkernz) September 20, 2016
Also Julia: *digs herself the biggest hole she could* #RHOAKL
"Something I would have said to anybody" Julia!!!! No! No! No!!!!!! #RHOAKL— ɥsɐu ♥ ɐpuıʃǝq (@belindanash) September 20, 2016
9.24pm: Social media remains unimpressed with Julia's attitude after her use of the racist slur.
"What I said was...was not right". No, Julia. It was racist. The word you're looking for and won't say is racist. #RHOAKL— Ida (@_idarima) September 20, 2016
But like..... why is this all about Julia's feelings. Are we meant to feel bad for her or.....m #rhoakl— Stephii Onassiss (@Stephii_O) September 20, 2016
#rhoakl when fake tan goes bad.. we all needed that laugh— Jane Clayton (@jmctv) September 20, 2016
Omg Anne is problematic AF but calling Julia on her self-absorption is kinda amazing "what about Michelle?" damn right? #RHOAKL— K (@Shambles_K) September 20, 2016
"What about poor Michelle? What about worrying about how Michelle's feeling about it? Think about her" Anne redeems herself. Finally #RHOAKL— Ida (@_idarima) September 20, 2016
"She's the most amazing best friend you could ever have. I'm getting choked up, she's so fantastic" Michelle describes Gilda #RHOAKL— Ida (@_idarima) September 20, 2016
9.05pm: Plenty on Twitter shared their fondness for the friendship between Michelle and Gilda.
Gilda and Michelle are adorable. Such a cute, genuine friendship. #RHOAKL— Sam (@sambaxter) September 20, 2016
Is this the life of a rich white woman? Call someone the N-word then go laugh in the woods? #RHOAKL— The Last Chairbender (@ThatsSoKiva) September 20, 2016
8.55pm: While Gilda and Michelle stayed behind as the others boarded a private helicopter, people questioned whether the right decision had been made about the trip.
AT LEAST ONE OF THE WHITE GIRLS SHOULDVE STAYED BACK ffs. Do they have no cultural awareness. #RHOAKL this is so embarrassing.— The Last Chairbender (@ThatsSoKiva) September 20, 2016
Did the rest of them not think about how Michelle and Gilda feel being left behind while they gallivant around in helicopters? #RHOAKL— Joshua Walker (@joshuawalkernz) September 20, 2016
Omg wtf is happening. Exclude Julia. Invite the others— Stephii Onassiss (@Stephii_O) September 20, 2016
There is clearly someone in the wrong here and it is her.#rhoakl
8.51pm: Social media users express their sympathy for Michelle in the situation.
Possibly the best outcome this episode of #rhoakl, is that the impact of racism is seen by so many, & so vividly, in Michelle's reaction.— Kirsten McKenzie (@Kiwimrsmac) September 20, 2016
"My eyes actually watered, hearing the hurt and anger cracking Michelle's voice really f***ing hits you in the heart," Tweeted Lucy Zee.
8.49pm: Fellow Real Housewife Louise Wallace says a white person calling a black person the n-word is "unacceptable" in any circumstance.
8.48pm: The show reopens on Sloane saying she "feels sick" that she has caused such offence.
8.47pm: Fan favourite Gilda received support from several twitter users.
Everyone needs a friend like Gilda. ❤️ #RHOAKL— Maria (@FireCracker202) September 20, 2016
8.44pm: As the show went to its first ad break, social media users shared uniform shock over Sloane's use of the n-word and seemed unimpressed with her explanations and apology.
Don't u hate it when people call you out for ur racism and then they don't bend over backwards to accept ur apology #RHOAKL— devil's avocado (@PCGoneRad) September 20, 2016
STOP SAYING IT JUILA #RHOAKL— JACOBENA (@jacobena_) September 20, 2016
8.41pm: Twitter users react to the show launching straight into the incident.
It's actually hard to watch #rhoakl— Saffy Monsoon (@AlexMcKay_) September 20, 2016
Sheesh that all happened fast, I didn't even have time to expect it #RHOAKL— kate (@elucikate) September 20, 2016
8.39pm: Blanchard says she has never been called 'that word" in her entire life.
8.30pm: Tonight's episode of Real Housewives of Auckland features the shocking use of a racial slur against one of the cast members.
During a boozy filming session on a luxury boat trip in Queensland, Real Housewife Julia Sloane refers to fellow cast member Michelle Blanchard as a "boat n*****". Blanchard is of English and Jamaican descent.
The fallout from the comment, which Sloane attempted to explain was "an old boating term", dominates the rest of the sixth episode of the reality TV show.
The slur was made after fellow housewife Gilda Kirkpatrick asked Blanchard for a hand-up from below decks, prompting Sloane to comment: "She's not your boat n*****.
After the use of the slur was revealed in the Herald on Sunday both Sloane's husband, Michael Lorimer, and Blanchard have spoken to media about the incident.
In an interview with The Spinoff, Blanchard said Sloane "just doesn't want to own what has come out of her mouth".
Lorimer said his wife took full responsibility for her "foolish racial slur". She had apologised four times to Blanchard and felt deeply remorseful.