Someone suggested to me some time ago that I should turn Whaleoil into a charity, possibly even a church. It would have enormous benefits. Although I appreciated the joke, it’s not something I could ever do and look at myself in the mirror. Charities and churches have a special place in society, and this is recognised by the state going easy on them when it comes to taxes.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ‘charities’ that pay out 2 cents in the dollar while the principals live the life of Riley.
Destiny Church do many good things. The cost has always been the ostentatious lifestyle the poor fund through their tithes. It’s a lose/lose proposition to try and tear it apart, as you will also destroy the good that is being done.
However, rules are rules, and by the time accountability to the public disappears, it is time for the appropriate government agencies to crawl up Destiny and its affiliated charities with a financial proctology instrument.
Destiny Church bought five cars – including a luxury Audi – through one of its charities that is more than a year overdue in filing an annual return.
Financing statements filed with the Companies Office show Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Ltd bought a new Audi Q7 valued at $100,000, to be used by church leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki, on a lease purchase arrangement.
The charity, which last filed an annual return in 2012, also bought four Toyota Aurion Sportivo SX6 3.5s valued at $27,990 each.
According to the Charities Register, the charity’s main purpose is for community development, religious activities and fundraising. Read more »