On Saturday 27 August from 7.30 to 9.30 pm the birthday of Bhagwan Shri Krishna was celebrated at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Auckland, New Zealand. On this day many devotees, young and old, had observed a waterless fast, in accordance with the wish of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Shastriji Maharaj. The celebration assembly on this day featured devotional songs and speeches.
On Sunday 28 August 2005, Over 850 devotees gathered from 4.30 to 7.30 pm to commemorate the Janmasthami festival.
The assembly featured bhajans, speeches, a splendid performance by the children and youths of the drama entitled ‘Khoj’ and the video blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
This celebration assembly was also attended by Phil Goff, Minister of Justice and Minnister for foreign Affairs and Trade, along with David Cunliffe, Minister for Communications and Information. They were both extremely delighted by the Anti-Drugs and Addiction exhibition, as well as the family values promoted by the mandir.