Wellington New Zealand Temple
At the April 2022 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson announced the plans to construct the Wellington New Zealand Temple. This will be New Zealand’s third temple. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is located on the southwestern tip of the North Island. The Auckland New Zealand Temple is under construction and the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, the first house of the Lord built in the southern hemisphere, was rededicated on October 16, 2022, after renovations. The first New Zealand converts to the Church of Jesus Christ were baptized in 1853. Shortly afterward, missionary work began — including among the native Māori people. Around 109,000 Latter-day Saints live in New Zealand.
The Wellington New Zealand Temple is currently in the planning stages and will be built on a 3.35-acre site located near Okowai Road and Whitford Brown Avenue, Aotea, Porirua, New Zealand. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 14,900 square feet, as well as an ancillary building with arrival facilities and patron housing.