Legal Aid for Tamaki

January 22nd, 2010 at 10:35 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Destiny Church leader has admitted being part of a group that sought to oust his marae’s trustees.

Even if it was not Tamaki, I’m not keen on legal aid being used by plaintiffs in disputes like this.It encourages people to litigate, rather than settle.

Mr Tamaki, who said he has “a mortgage like everyone else” and is “not a multi-millionaire”, told the Herald he was representing a group of whanau members, who sought legal aid to depose his marae’s trustees at Te Kopua, near Te Awamutu. …

In October, a former financial administrator for Mr Tamaki and his wife revealed to the Weekend Herald that he received up to $500,000 a year from church donations on top of his six-figure salary.

It would be an outrage for them to get legal aid. Tamaki is one of the richest 0.1% of NZ. He should be ashmed at his attempt to bludge.

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24 Responses to “Legal Aid for Tamaki”

  1. Captain Neurotic (203 comments) says:

    The registration/maintenance costs for his ten cars/motorbikes/boats must be hitting his pocket hard….

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  2. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Legal aid is a work for the dole scheme for solicitors.

    It needs to be stopped cold.

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  3. Monty (978 comments) says:

    The prick has no shame – otherwise he would not bully his congregation to tithe 10% of their meager earnings so he can fuel up his boat, drive his Harley and wear expensive pimp suits (Lets face it Tamaki is a pimp)

    He is a disgrace.

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  4. malcolm (1,952 comments) says:

    In fairness to Brian (Praise be to Him), it’s not “Legal Aid for Tamaki”, as the title suggests.

    The scheme needs tightening up a lot. And if you apply for it, then I think your income, assets and tax records should be made public so taxpayers can judge if the system is being abused.

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  5. malcolm (1,952 comments) says:

    ..otherwise he would not bully his congregation to tithe 10% of their meager earnings so he can fuel up his boat, drive his Harley and wear expensive pimp suits (Lets face it Tamaki is a pimp)

    Bishop Brian is simply doing God’s good work, and there’s plenty to be done here in God’s Own. Tithing comes from the Bible. The Bishop didn’t make the rules – it’s the WORD OF GOD, in black and white, in this special Destiny Church Bible. And God wants Bishop Brian to wealthy so he can be a living example to his followers of the good life that surely comes when you give your soul to Destiny Church, Bishop Brian Tamaki and Jesus Christ Tamaki.

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  6. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    He should be ashmed at his attempt to bludge.

    His whole pay packet is one big bludge for christs sake.

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  7. Yvette (2,823 comments) says:

    Malcolm – what is “in this special Destiny Church Bible” [does Destiny Church have its own Bible?] and who is “Jesus Christ Tamiki” ?

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  8. Pole (6 comments) says:

    I agree with Malcolm in this instance the headline is sensationalist and not a fair reflection of the situation. But I cant agree that Tamaki is doing Gods work. You have to be dilusional to think running an organisation such as Destiny is Gods work.
    It is a profiteering, manipulative business, preying on the weak of mind and soul.
    As you all drive to Destiny in a car badly needing aservice, perhaps needing an upgrade, smile to Brian as he pulls up in the latest Lexus 4WD V8 because you paid for it.
    God is not short of cash.

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  9. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I thought reverend Brian had God’s number, is God not providing anymore, perhaps he’s feeling the recession to.

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  10. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    I’m pretty sure Pope Bwian the Wunth can afford his own damned lawyers thanks very much.

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  11. Dirty Rat (504 comments) says:

    All of a sudden I feel the need to wear black and put sunglasses on.

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  12. jackp (668 comments) says:

    Brian Tamaki may have had the right intentions when he started the destiny church but has gone off track and is heading in the wrong direction. I don’t see much difference between Helen Clark and Brian Tamaki. both are power hungry and as we all know absolute power corrupts.

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  13. Bob (497 comments) says:

    After the boxing day tsunami I looked up the Destiny site to see what they had to say about it. I expected a mention and encouragement to followers to at least pray for victims. There was no mention but there was a mention of visiting Tamaki’s family business. I looked again after the Haitian earthquake. No mention at all, in fact no mention of anything other than Tamaki and his church. It’s very inward looking as these personality churches usually are. Tamaki is a religious fraud as far as I am concerned.

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  14. GJ (329 comments) says:

    I have just read the article and the guy was trying to help the people in his maree get local employment with a Tourism venture that his brothers have expertise in. Sounds good for Maori and the local community to me.

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  15. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    I really dont think Tamaki’s income is anyone’s business. Unless he is extorting or defrauding his congregation they amount of money they give him is really between them and us.

    If a relative gets legal aid that’s also nothing really to do with Tamaki’s income. One might argue that he could fund a lawyer so we didnt have to or that legal aid shouldnt be available for civil cases but that’s not how the system is set up.

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  16. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    “It would be an outrage for them to get legal aid. Tamaki is one of the richest 0.1% of NZ. He should be ashmed at his attempt to bludge.”

    Nothing new: it’s part of the current attitude prevalent with many NZers, the entitlement mentality.
    Shame on B. Tamaki, the con man.

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  17. Jay20 (2 comments) says:

    After reading the article, Tamaki looks like he’s just the spokesperson for his family…No doubt it would’ve been a family decision to apply for legal aid. I don’t have a problem with it.

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  18. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Move over Winston, we have a new contender for “Political Hypocrite of the Century”.

    Sorry, you put in a sterling performance, but even you didn’t have the gall to cloak yourself in a lot of mumbo jumbo about an Imaginary Friend and use it to pretend you were actually above such venality.

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  19. Jay20 (2 comments) says:

    I don’t have a problem with it…Mr Tamaki maybe the spokesperson for the family…But no doubt the decision to apply for legal aid was a family one…Not just his.

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  20. malcolm (1,952 comments) says:

    Yvette – I was trying to be tongue-in-cheek. Always a difficult thing in writing.

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  21. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg “I really dont think Tamaki’s income is anyone’s business. Unless he is extorting or defrauding his congregation they amount of money they give him is really between them and us.”

    Any Christian preacher claiming that the Israelite tithing system (which was only ever crops and flocks from the land of Israel) is required of their congregation and translates to 10% of all their income to go to the church is either deliberately defrauding the people or so manifestly ignorant of how to interpret the Bible that they have no job being a pastor. Christians are told to decide for themselves how much to give.

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  22. malcolm (1,952 comments) says:

    ..or so manifestly ignorant of how to interpret the Bible that they have no job being a pastor.

    You’d think after approximately 1800 years they would have cracked the interpretation bit. If the Bible is the word of God, then he’s a piss-poor communicator.

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  23. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    Nope the problem is not from God’s end. He has made it crystal clear, its man who has the problem.

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