Destiny struck off Charities Register

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Two of Destiny Church’s charities will be removed from the Charities Register next month because of their “persistent failure” to meet annual return obligations.
Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited were warned earlier this year by Internal Affairs that the Charities Registration Board intended to remove them.

The charities – two of the church’s biggest – filed formal objections, which the board considered at a meeting yesterday.

It went ahead with its decision to remove them from the register, “because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations”.

“The board considered the objections but was satisfied that it is in the public interest to proceed with the removal of the charities from the register,” board chair Roger Holmes Miller said.[…]

Good – this shows that you can’t play chicken with the Charities Board and string them along with empty promises to deliver.

[…]The charities have until 20 December to appeal the decision to the High Court and will remain on the register until that time.

Five bucks says they will be able to find the money for lawyers to appeal, but they can’t pay an accountant to produce the annual accounts on time.

Last month, Church founders Brian and Hannah Tamaki moved into a ‘resort’ home in Auckland worth $1.6m.

The two charities that have been struck off are members of Destiny International Group.  I noticed that in their annual returns for the year ending 2016, which were not filed until 3rd November this year, that the Group received 1.1 million dollars in donations, but gave away 2.8 million in donations, resulting in an overall loss of 2.8 million. Why would a charity give away money it doesn’t have?

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