Elder Rasband Counsels Young Adults in New Zealand
With the Hamilton New Zealand Temple closed for renovation and construction yet to begin on the Auckland New Zealand Temple, the saints of New Zealand currently find themselves without an operating temple in their country. Acknowledging this situation, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to a group of young adults during a recent visit to New Zealand where he counseled them to be a "recommend people." In a Facebook post, he spoke to all members who may be in a similar situation, saying: "I urge you—do not let your temple recommend go inactive. Strive to spiritually grow—both in your home and at church. Participate in the ordinance of the sacrament every week. Read your scriptures. Pray. Do everything you can to strengthen your relationship with Jesus Christ. One day, you will have the opportunity to attend the temple again."
Hamilton New Zealand Temple Housing Buildings
Framing is rising on the slope behind the Hamilton New Zealand Temple for the buildings that will provide housing to patrons and missionaries coming from long distances to serve in the temple. Renovation progresses on the emptied visitors' center, which is surrounded by scaffolding. Many more months of construction remain to complete the renovations and additions to the historic temple complex.
Exterior Refurbishment Advancing at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
The exterior walls of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple have been repainted, and scaffolding has been removed from the west side of the temple and from around the spire as exterior refurbishment progresses. Work continues on the interior and on the surrounding facilities including the visitors' center and the missionary and patron housing buildings.
Paint Removed from Exterior Walls of Hamilton New Zealand Temple
The iconic white exterior walls of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple are looking a little gray as crews remove the white paint as part of their thorough refurbishment efforts. Stacks of materials sit on the roof of the building to supply to the workers inside who are reconstructing the interior with all new materials. The renovation is expected to continue for another two years.
Refurbishing the Exterior Walls of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
The crisp white walls of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple are currently undergoing cleaning and refurbishment. Crews have erected scaffolding around the building, leaving only the spire clearly in view. For over 60 years, this House of the Lord has stood as New Zealand's only temple, but plans are now underway for construction of the Auckland New Zealand Temple.
Accommodation Facilities Razed at Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Heavy equipment is hard at work behind the Hamilton New Zealand Temple as the ground is prepared for the construction of new accommodation facilities, including an arrival center and housing for patrons and temple missionaries. The former patron accommodation blocks were demolished to make way for the new structures.
Traditional Christmas Display Absent in New Zealand
Due to the renovation of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, the traditional annual Christmas display on the grounds of the temple was absent this year. Many expressed that they missed experiencing the beautiful sights and sounds of the season. The temple will be closed for at least three years.
Interior Dismantling Continues at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Subcontractors at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple are making progress on clearing and preparing the interior of the historic building for a complete renovation. Scaffolding on the front and rear provides access to the various levels. New Zealanders rejoiced in the recent announcement of the Auckland New Zealand Temple, the second for the island nation.
Debris Chute at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Scaffolding has been erected on the west side of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple where a temporary enclosure has been constructed over a window, which will serve a pass-through to a debris chute for throw-away items as the interior is carefully and thoroughly dismantled.
Overseas Weddings for New Zealand Latter-day Saints
Due to the recent renovation closure of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple—the only temple in the country—Saints are scheduling their wedding ceremonies at other Pacific temples in Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. The temple is expected to be closed for three years.
Renderings Released for the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Less than a month after the closure of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, an official news release from the Pacific Area published interior and exterior renderings of the renovation plans. The structural and mechanical components of the temple will be significantly upgraded, and the interior will be fully refreshed.
Last Day of Operation at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
A throng of patrons patiently wait for the Hamilton New Zealand Temple to open on its last day of operation before closing for several years for an extensive renovation. Changes will be made not only to the temple interior but also to the supporting buildings including the patron housing and visitors' center.
Christmas Lights at Hamilton New Zealand Temple
All are invited to the Hamilton New Zealand Temple Visitors' Centre to celebrate the coming of Christmas. Lights are on from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. each night from December 13–31. Choirs will perform Tuesday through Saturday nights.
Consent Given for Temple View Project in New Zealand
The Hamilton City Council has granted resource consent to the Church to redevelop a portion of the former Church College of New Zealand campus into a large stake center and legacy park. Key campus buildings will be preserved and repurposed, in time, into a museum and offices.
"Heritage Area" Created Around New Zealand Temple
The area around the Hamilton New Zealand Temple has come under variation 7, which means "tougher tests" will apply for any development or redevelopment. This does not necessarily prevent the demolition of the Church College, but it ensures the area's character is preserved.
Possible Lease of Church College of New Zealand Could Save It
A bid for the Church College of New Zealand—scheduled for demolition at the end of this year—could save the buildings from their pending demise. The Utah businessman says negotiations with the Church have been positive. The college shares its grounds with the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.
Church College of New Zealand To Be Razed
Constructed by volunteer labor adjacent to the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, the Church College of New Zealand is scheduled for permanent closure and demolition later this year. The site will return to farmland. Significant community support has been expressed for retaining some of the buildings, despite the Church's firm stance.