Brian Tamaki

Who has the courage to call an end to the Destiny Church rort?

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 »

Is the Bish taking the pish?

Churches, charities and societies are excellent devices for personal empire building, and in the New Zealand environment not filing your returns on time, accurately, or – to be frank – at all, has really had very little backlash.

If it wasn’t for our series by Owl, a few unions would still not be filing theirs.

Now it seems Brian Tamaki wants to obfuscate¬†the money trail rather than explain to the New Zealand public how much he got and what he’s doing with it.

Controversial Destiny Church has been issued overdue notices after 14 affiliated charities are late filing their annual returns.

The church’s tax-exempt status is under the microscope after the late filing. Previous returns from the charities totalled several million dollars.

Six Destiny-affiliated charities, which received a combined $5.5m in donations in the most recent returns, are more than a year overdue in filing statements with the public charities register.

During the same period, Bishop Brian Tamaki has repeatedly asked churchgoers to donate to pay for the church’s new multi-million-dollar City of God in Manukau.

When unveiling plans for Destiny’s City of God in 2012, Tamaki said: “I don’t care what the media say, I don’t care what your relatives say, I don’t care what the world says, nobody should be not tithing.”

An Internal Affairs spokeswoman said they were actively seeking overdue annual returns from a number of charities associated with the Destiny Church.

Charities could be deregistered if they “significantly and persistently” failed to comply with the Charities Act.

14 affiliated charities not filing returns is obviously the outcome of something deliberate. ¬†It’s not like one or two are tardy. ¬†Incorporated societies and charities have been taking the tax payer for a ride for… for ever. ¬† I for one welcome any moves to throw some sunlight on it. ¬† Read more »

Failed Prophecies – Brian Tamaki

In 2003 Brian Tamaki made this prophecy:

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Click Farms getting outed

We have covered click farming here at WOBH, especially with the Pakeha Party and the daughter of Brian Tamaki, Jasmine McPhee. Both had quickly garnered Facebook likes in an unnatural time frame.

The Guardian looks into the phenomenon of “click farming”.

How much do you like courgettes? According to¬†one Facebook page devoted to them, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the “like” button ‚Äď even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from.

There’s just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka,¬†Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand “likes” at his “click farm”. Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year.

The ease with which a humble vegetable could win approval calls into question the basis on which many modern companies measure success online ‚Äď through Facebook likes, YouTube video views and Twitter followers. ¬† Read more »

Like? What’s not to like? Be more popular than your dad!

As part of my research into the dodgy area of boosting Facebook Likes in relation to the Pakeha Party this morning, I also came across this curious anomaly.

 

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So, if Jasmine has 52,000 followers, how many do you think The Bish has?

Want to guess?

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Has Bishop Brian Tamaki been a bad boy?

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I wonder what Mrs Bishop has got on him.

‘Cause that’s some major groveling.

The real Mother of the Nation?

What does that even mean?

Truth on Sale Now

The latest Truth is on sale now:

What has Brian Tamaki been up to in Las Vegas with the “first fruits”?

Who got kneecapped over a drug debt?

What on earth is First Union doing with their member’s money?

Has NZ been Conned with NZ’s Got Talent?

A guest article from Imperator Fish as well.

All in this weeks Truth, plus regular favourites like the Bin Man

Comment of the Day

Liberty Scott left this long comment yesterday.

It is a very good commentary on Colin Craig and his dog-whistling on marriage equality:

Most of all, why should any adult give a damn what two other adults do in their private lives with each other’s bodies?

So much that is wrong about the post-modernist culture of moral equivalency, identity politics and victimhood politics, so many good targets for conservative politicians around welfare, around education, around a vacuous culture of celebrating mediocrity, of sneering at individual success, of celebrating group identity and ancestry over individual achievement, of denying responsibility for one’s actions and of treating humanity as a disease rather than a species of enormous achievement and potential.

He could damn Islam, but no he hasn’t he courage to do that.¬† He could damn Maori mysticism and collectivist identity politics that has bred a generation demanding entitlement, accusing their actions on what happened to their ancestors and promoting faux pride on ethnicity not achievement.¬†¬† He could damn a welfare state and centralised education system that promotes the idea that people who succeed do so at the cost of those who don’t, and those who don’t succeed or make foolish decisions should be bailed out by everyone else, time and time again.¬† He could really start to damn the results of decades of welfarism, structuralism (the people abuse their kids because of poverty or cultural oppression) and radical feminist denial of the importance of fatherhood, all in ways that raise questions without baiting the collective left.

No, he prefers ot churn out cheap unscientific stereotypes and to focus his attention on what consenting adults who haven’t initiated force against anyone else, do with their lives.

He doesn’t have evidence that proves he is right, but most importantly even if it WAS right, who cares?¬† What does he want the state to do?¬† Should the criminal justice system focus on abused boys more than girls?

Like the shaman conman Brian Tamaki and the unspeakably vile hypocritical creep Capill, Craig is obsessed with gay sex.

The last generation of his ilk said, when I was 16, that Homosexual Law Reform would result in an AIDS epidemic in NZ and thousands of boys being corrupted by men – oddly enough it didn’t turn me, or anyone I know to be gay.¬† He’s wrong now, and those who want a new Conservative Party need only look back in 1996 when the last really formidable effort to have such a party fell short – because it was vulnerable on this one issue.

Whoop, Whoop, pull up

ŠĒ• Sunday Star Times

Brian Tamaki is in danger of becoming like Jim Jones. Destiny Church has already morphed into a cult, now all they need is the compound and the mass suicide:

Bishop Brian Tamaki has raised the stakes with his Destiny Church followers, exhorting them to leave behind houses, jobs ‚Äď even family members ‚Äď to join him at a “City of God” he is building in South Auckland.

At the church’s annual conference in Rotorua on Friday night, Tamaki spent his entire two-hour sermon talking about how God had told him to build the city and why his followers had to lose their “parochialism” towards their home areas, even if it meant leaving behind loved ones.

Cult expert Mark Vrankovich said the speech was designed to “soften up” Tamaki’s followers and the real pressure to move to South Auckland would come with one-on-one sessions with local pastors.

“Saying that the church family is more important than your physical family, that you must go with the spiritual family, is a classic cult idea. This will put great pressure on families and break up families.”

Vrankovich was also concerned that Tamaki appeared to be encouraging people to sell their homes. “They’ll be pressured to give the money from the house sale to the church, and they’ll never see it again. He’s extracting money from people for his dream, and something that he will effectively own. He wants to be mayor or king of this ‘city’ so he’s softening them up to get them to move [to Auckland] so he’s guaranteed not to be losing money on the deal.”

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Mythbusting – Destiny’s Town, Ctd

ŠĒ• Auckland Now

The media has done a rehash of Brian Tamaki’s plans for his “city” in Druces Road in Manukau.

Controversial plans for a South Auckland Destiny Church community are set to come to light early next month.

The church’s annual conference is titled the City of God and promotional material for the event feature leader Brian Tamaki in front of Auckland’s city skyline.

In a video Tamaki calls the development “the new Jerusalem”.

Tamaki announced at a New Year’s Eve ‘MegaService’ the church had permission to build schools, a university and a massive auditorium at a property in Wiri.

It is expected to move its Mt Wellington headquarters to the $7.65 million property in December.

A presentation on the vision for the city will lead the Queen’s Birthday weekend conference, to be held at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre.

Yes well the plans are already released...I blogged about them on January 13 complete with council documents.