Auckland New Zealand Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony; work underway on leveling ground and building retaining wall
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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
Elder Ian S. Ardern, president of the Pacific Area, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Auckland New Zealand Temple on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Attendance at the temple site is by invitation, with the general public invited to watch the proceedings live from local meetinghouses in New Zealand. The temple will stand on Redoubt Road in Manukau between the New Zealand Missionary Training Center and the stake center for the Auckland New Zealand Redoubt Stake. It is the second temple to be constructed in New Zealand. 1
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, "Auckland New Zealand Temple Groundbreaking Date Announced," 12 Mar. 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.