Brian Tamaki

Bishop Brian Tamaki

My brother Fergus lives in Auckland, New Zealand. My brother has been telling me about a Pentecostal pastor in New Zealand, Brian Tamaki, for ages. Another New Zealander who used to attend Hillsong, Dave Sayers, has also shared with me about him.

When I was in New Zealand recently I read a newspaper article about him. He sounds off his head.

Here is an article published on-line by Stuff.Co.NZ, a national on-line newspaper.

Bishop Tamaki lords his month-long luxury trip on social media

Brian and XX Tamaki on Facebook bragging about their overseas holiday.

Brian and Hannah Tamaki on Facebook bragging about their overseas holiday.

First class seats, Greek resorts, a penthouse suite in a Miami hotel and gambling in Las Vegas – it’s not the typical life of a church leader.

A photo of Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki was uploaded to Facebook on Saturday night by an onlooker who saw him gambling.

“What does Brian Tamaki of Destiny’s church do when waiting in Las Vegas airport? He plays the pokies!”

While leaders of other religions eschew the trappings of luxury, Destiny Church founder Bishop Brian Tamaki – whose congregants pay tithes to the church – and his wife Hannah have lorded their month-long holiday on social media.

Their trip included a luxury stay in Greece for two and a half weeks with the family, followed by Dubai and then on to Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegasand Los Angeles.

FROM THE ARCHIVE
* Destiny school technically insolvent
* Tamaki answers cult accusations
* Bishop urges flock to leaves homes, jobs

The couple posted a slew of bragging photos from desirable locations around the globe, boasting of having taken 14 flights – at least two of which, including their initial long-haul flight out of New Zealand, were business class. On another Emirates flight, they were upgraded to first class.
Posting a photo in front of a pool above Santorini in Greece, on a hill overlooking the Greek Islands in the distance, Tamaki write on August 29: “Love to all our Church Famz…this is our view for nxt 5 days…37dg Sunday am..Qik dip..brekky..thn Church in pool.”

Two days later, on a beach in front of crystal clear water and cloudless sky, with his wife resting her chin on his shoulder prior to an island-hopping trip on a ship, he posted a picture directed at his “haters”.
“Wat!!! 2 more weeks to suffer in Paradise…oooo nooo (for all ma haters).”

The couple were in Greece with family members, including son Samuel who is also a Destiny pastor, and his wife Kiri. Also tagged in Facebook photos were Destiny church worker Eden O’Connor and the Tamaki’s eldest daughter Jasmine McPhee, author of Facebook Page “How to feed a family of 6 for less than $20”. The family travelled to Santorini to celebrate Kiri’s birthday and for Father’s Day as well as spending time in Parga and Athens.

It appears from the pair’s social media accounts they then travelled via Dubai to Florida in the US, where Tamaki spoke to American congregations and was hosted by another church called NewBirth in Atlanta, Georgia.

On the flight over they were upgraded to first class, Hannah Tamaki posted on her Facebook page.

“15 hrs in the air.. Yup the longest flight ever. Getting an up grade to first Class on Emirates was the best.. PJ’s slippers..watched 4 movies.. Nice snacks on request was more tired than hungry. Compfy sleep.”

While in Florida the Tamakis stayed in a “penthouse suite” at the Diplomat Resort & Spa, part of the Hilton hotel chain.

On their way home they stopped in Las Vegas where they flew over the Hoover Dam before a quick stopover in Los Angeles yesterday.

“Last stop over LA. Here for 5hrs then the last of 14 flights. NZ. home sweet home. Church 2moro see you there,” Hannah Tamaki tweeted.

A spokesperson for Destiny Church said he had no details of the private trip. The couple are expected to arrive in Auckland Sunday morning before attending a Destiny Church service.

– Sunday Star Times

My comments:

Donald Elley of Bellingen.

Donald Elley of Bellingen.

I’ll now reprint this article and add my observations as I go.

The article:

First class seats, Greek resorts, a penthouse suite in a Miami hotel and gambling in Las Vegas – it’s not the typical life of a church leader.

My comments:

It may not be historically typical of church leaders, but things have changed. Its just normal fare for successful preachers of the Prosperity Movement.

Brian Houston of Hillsong, who likes plush beach-side Bondi apartments, a McMansion Sydney Hills District mega-home and exotic holidays in places frequented by the rich and famous. Like Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. And Phil Pringle of C3, who likes exotic ski trips at places like Whistler in Canada, and who sails his own luxury schooner with his pals. Brian Houston and Phil Pringle make Brian Tamaki look like an amateur in free-wheeling on church funds.

The article:

A photo of Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki was uploaded to Facebook on Saturday night by an onlooker who saw him gambling.

My comments:

Brian Tamaki was playing the high-roller in Vegas like the sun-glass wearing tout that he is.

Brian Tamaki. Gambling preacher.

Brian Tamaki. Gambling preacher.

The article:

“What does Brian Tamaki of Destiny’s church do when waiting in Las Vegas airport? He plays the pokies!”

While leaders of other religions eschew the trappings of luxury, Destiny Church founder Bishop Brian Tamaki – whose congregants pay tithes to the church – and his wife Hannah have lorded their month-long holiday on social media.

Their trip included a luxury stay in Greece for two and a half weeks with the family, followed by Dubai and then on to Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegasand Los Angeles.

FROM THE ARCHIVE
* Destiny school technically insolvent
* Tamaki answers cult accusations
* Bishop urges flock to leaves homes, jobs

The couple posted a slew of bragging photos from desirable locations around the globe, boasting of having taken 14 flights – at least two of which, including their initial long-haul flight out of New Zealand, were business class. On another Emirates flight, they were upgraded to first class.

My comments:

The Tamakis are really amateurs in sleuthing church funds and living the high-life.

Before they do these dodgy antics again they really need to check it out with Brian Houston and get some tips. Although Brian regularly talks about Bondi Beach, he never mentions the Hillsong funds he drilled a hole in the side of and siphoned off millions, like Paul Yonghi Cho of Full Gospel Church Korea, who got caught. The only difference between Brian Houston and Paul Yonghi Cho is that Paul Yonghi Cho got caught.

The article:

Posting a photo in front of a pool above Santorini in Greece, on a hill overlooking the Greek Islands in the distance, Tamaki write on August 29: “Love to all our Church Famz…this is our view for nxt 5 days…37dg Sunday am..Qik dip..brekky..thn Church in pool.”

My comments:

So amateurish Brian. Don’t you think you come across as a bit of a toss?

The article:

Two days later, on a beach in front of crystal clear water and cloudless sky, with his wife resting her chin on his shoulder prior to an island-hopping trip on a ship, he posted a picture directed at his “haters”.
“Wat!!! 2 more weeks to suffer in Paradise…oooo nooo (for all ma haters).”

My comments:

Poor old Brian. He just doesn’t get it. Its not that anyone hates you Brian. It’s because you hate yourself that you behave this way. If you really loved God and loved people you wouldn’t flaunt yourself like this.

Instead you come across as a money hungry fool who’s exploiting the Blessed Body of Christ: the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The article:

The couple were in Greece with family members, including son Samuel who is also a Destiny pastor, and his wife Kiri. Also tagged in Facebook photos were Destiny church worker Eden O’Connor and the Tamaki’s eldest daughter Jasmine McPhee, author of Facebook Page “How to feed a family of 6 for less than $20”. The family travelled to Santorini to celebrate Kiri’s birthday and for Father’s Day as well as spending time in Parga and Athens.

My comments:

Like the Houstons, the whole family gets into the junket.

The article:

It appears from the pair’s social media accounts they then travelled via Dubai to Florida in the US, where Tamaki spoke to American congregations and was hosted by another church called NewBirth in Atlanta, Georgia.

On the flight over they were upgraded to first class, Hannah Tamaki posted on her Facebook page.

“15 hrs in the air.. Yup the longest flight ever. Getting an up grade to first Class on Emirates was the best.. PJ’s slippers..watched 4 movies.. Nice snacks on request was more tired than hungry. Compfy sleep.”

My comments:

Hannah can’t even spell. ‘Comfy’ not’ Compfy’. I guess Hannah spells ‘comfy’ the way she pronounces it.

The article:

While in Florida the Tamakis stayed in a “penthouse suite” at the Diplomat Resort & Spa, part of the Hilton hotel chain.

My comments:

All this flaunting. A beds a bed once you fall asleep, so long as the mattress is ‘compfy’.

The article:

On their way home they stopped in Las Vegas where they flew over the Hoover Dam before a quick stopover in Los Angeles yesterday.

My comments:

The Hoover Dam is an iconic American dam, about the only thing of interest in Las Vegas, apart from the fact that Elvis and Frank Sinatra used to sing there.

The article:

“Last stop over LA. Here for 5hrs then the last of 14 flights. NZ. home sweet home. Church 2moro see you there,” Hannah Tamaki tweeted.

My comments:

Some people should not be allowed to tweet.

“Last stop over LA. Here for 5hrs then the last of 14 flights. NZ. home sweet home. Church 2moro see you there,” Hannah Tamaki tweeted.

Wow, “Here for 5hrs then the last of 14 flights”. You really are a jet-setter Hannah. I’ve been travelling the globe for decades. Say something that impresses me.

The article:

A spokesperson for Destiny Church said he had no details of the private trip. The couple are expected to arrive in Auckland Sunday morning before attending a Destiny Church service.

My comments:

“A spokesperson for Destiny Church said he had no details of the private trip”.

All the Destiny Church spokesperson has to do is read Brian and Hannah’s Facebook pages and their tweets for details of their ‘private trip’.

In the old days people who pilfered church funds and took extravagant trips on the proceeds of robberies from God were sent to jail.

Today they’re héroes in the minds of those they prey on.

– Sunday Star Times

Brian Tamaki, New Zealand pentecostal prosperity gospel preacher.

Brian Tamaki, New Zealand pentecostal prosperity gospel preacher.

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Brian Tamaki. Gambling preacher.

Brian Tamaki. Gambling preacher.