AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand held a small-scale groundbreaking ceremony for the Auckland New Zealand Temple today, June 13, 2020. Following the guidelines set by the local government, attendance at the site was limited to invited guests only.

The temple will be built 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Auckland City, next to the New Zealand Missionary Training Centre on the south and the Auckland New Zealand Redoubt Stake Centre on the north.

Elder Ian S. Ardern, Pacific Area President presided the event. The general public will have the chance to view the ceremony via delayed broadcast on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 6 pm NZST.

This will be the second built temple in New Zealand and will serve more than 114,000 Latter-day Saints in the country spread throughout 225 congregations. Open house dates and dedication will soon be announced once construction is finished.

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