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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 »