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Watch the Auckland New Zealand Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony

The video broadcast for the Auckland New Zealand Temple groundbreaking ceremony is now available online. Ground was broken for the temple on Saturday, June 13, with a limited number of participants to comply with government guidelines. The temple is the second to constructed in the country. The first, the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, is currently undergoing a major renovation and is expected to reopen next year. It was the first temple built in the Southern Hemisphere.

Groundbreaking Held for the Auckland New Zealand Temple

"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 this morning's groundbreaking ceremony. 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, "[W]e 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."

Groundbreaking Broadcast for the Auckland New Zealand Temple

The Pacific Area Presidency has 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."

June Groundbreaking Announced for the Auckland New Zealand Temple

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.

Clearing the Auckland New Zealand Temple Site

Construction crews and equipment began to arrive at the Auckland New Zealand Temple site last month. A construction barrier was erected, trailers were set up, and heavy equipment was parked on site. In December, site clearing began, leaving the ground grassless in less than three weeks. Work is now set to begin on building a retaining wall and leveling the ground by removing several feet of soil. A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held once site preparations are finished, allowing crews to take advantage of the summer weather for construction.

Site Announced for the Auckland New Zealand Temple

During his nine-day ministering tour of the Pacific islands, President Russell M. Nelson spoke at a devotional held Tuesday night 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 an existing stake center and 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."

Reactions to the Auckland New Zealand Temple Announcement

A few young adults members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints share their joyful reactions to the announcement of a temple to be constructed in Auckland, New Zealand in this video presentation. The Auckland New Zealand Temple, the country's second, was announced in the 60th anniversary year of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.