Auckland New Zealand Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 13 June 2020; estimated to be completed in 2023
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Announcement:7 October 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:13 June 2020 by Ian S. Ardern
Architectural Features:Single attached end spire
"This is an historic day as we dedicate the ground for the Auckland New Zealand Temple," said Elder Ian S. Arden, president of the Pacific Area, at the groundbreaking ceremony held on Saturday, June 13, 2020. He added, "The temple will be a beautiful, bright light in the city of Auckland, inviting all to come unto Christ." All three members of the Area Presidency and their wives were in attendance along with leaders from civic, religious, and community organizations including Mayor Phil Goff. In his remarks, Mayor Goff celebrated the diversity of faiths and cultures in New Zealand stating, "We are free to worship as we choose. Together, we must defeat prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry. We stand together against these things." Groundbreaking Co-Chair, Ngatai Smith, emphasized that the temple will be "a place of beauty, holiness, peace, and tranquility. Most importantly, it will be a place where people will come to hear God speaking to them, words of comfort and gentle guidance."1
In early June, the Pacific Area Presidency announced a delayed groundbreaking broadcast for the Auckland New Zealand Temple to be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. NZST. The online video transmission will be a recording of the live services held one day earlier. Those who wish to participate can watch the video on the Pacific Area website or on the Pacific Area Facebook page where it will be pinned as a "watch party." The presidency stated: "We are blessed that even in the midst of global challenges, the work of salvation continue and the bright beacon of the temple shines forth as a symbol of hope for all to see."
On March 12, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Auckland New Zealand Temple was released.
During a nine-day ministering tour of the Pacific islands, President Russell M. Nelson spoke at a devotional held Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Auckland's Spark Arena to a congregation of 12,000. He said: "Today I am pleased to announce that the new temple will be built in Auckland on Redoubt Road." The hillside site sits between the stake center for the Auckland New Zealand Redoubt Stake and the New Zealand Missionary Training Center. President Nelson added that the temple would be a "two-story building with a granite exterior. It's light and beauty will be highly visible."2
The city of Auckland was announced as the home of New Zealand's second temple on October 7, 2018, by President Russell M. Nelson. The country's first temple, the Hamilton New Zealand Temple (1958) had recently closed for an extensive renovation project. There are thirteen stakes in the Auckland metropolitan area where Church membership has grown significantly in recent years. The Church was first established on the island nation in the 1850s and has more than 114,000 members today.3
The Auckland New Zealand Temple will be the second temple built in New Zealand, following the Hamilton New Zealand Temple (1958).
The Auckland New Zealand Temple was announced in the 60th anniversary year of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, the same year it closed for a multi-year renovation.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Auckland New Zealand Temple was announced on the same day that the Church announced it was temporarily suspending all public gatherings of Church members worldwide, including sacrament meetings, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Church and Community Leaders Break Ground to Officially Commence Auckland Temple Construction," 13 Jun. 2020.
- "President Nelson Announces Site for New Temple in Auckland New Zealand," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 21 May 2019.
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.