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Brian Tamaki – Saint or Sinner?


Of the several thousand people I have interviewed in my broadcasting career, including forgers, prostitutes and train robbers, there is no-one I have held in greater contempt than Brian Tamaki.

Tamaki’s principal interest in life is not God, it is money. And no amount of money is ever enough to allow him and his wife to continue living the lifestyle to which this self-proclaimed “bishop” has become accustomed – a lifestyle of luxury and excess. Nor has any sight filled me with more disgust than Tamaki standing on a platform and inviting his disciples, principally the poor of South Auckland, to come forward and lay as much money as they can afford, or more perhaps, on the stage in front of him. A blessing!

I said all of this to Tamaki in a face to face interview with him on Radio Live. But the ‘bishop’ is impervious to criticism. He’s heard it all before and he can match you quote for quote when you suggest that a life of luxury and excess, made possible by sponging off the poor, flies in the face of what Jesus taught and of common decency. Tamaki is a man without shame and shameless. A hypocrite and charlatan.

None of these comments will bother him. He will see such vitriol as merely part of the odium which true followers of Christ like him have to bear. It is indeed evidence of their own saintliness.

Tamaki, you see, has no choice but to believe his own publicity. How else could he face his own reflection in the mirror?


  1. Matthew 19:24
    Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

    Mind you when I stood in St Peter’s Rome, the same thought went through my mind.

  2. Nothing new.
    L. Ron Hubbard said:
    “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is!”
    “The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.”

  3. I don’t know Brian personally but I believe like most people his heart was genuine when he first started out. The only time Christ ever got angry was about making money in the house of God. The church should never be used or associated with commerce. Prosperity mentioned in bible came outside the church and sanctioned from God. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. When you look at him I find it difficult to see the authentic character of Jesus. Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.

  4. I see in his Radio Live interview with Willie Jackson, Tamaki tried, through much bluster and obfuscation and grizzling about media beat-ups, to re-configure his message to mean that inanimate “nature”, reacted to the sexual depravity and pollution of Christchurch, not “a loving God judging sinners”.

    So the guy doesn’t even have the guts to tell pagans to their face what he really believes or preaches in his church.

  5. God is enraged that he cannot touch gay Aucklanders. :)

  6. Destiny Church should lose its charity status not because Tamaki is an obnoxious idiot but because making him wealthy is not a charitable purpose.

  7. Quote
    Of the several thousand people I have interviewed in my broadcasting career, including forgers, prostitutes and train robbers, there is no-one I have held in greater contempt than Brian Tamaki
    Somehow this reads (to me?) as if you would be holding prostitutes in (great?) contempt?
    Please clarify
    Thank you

  8. He is neither saint nor sinner. Just another snake oil merchant preying on the ignorant.

    • Ohhhh, sinner…..I’m pretty sure he’s some kind of sinner, Kat…..fleecing the poor to give to the rich, viz. himself. Robin Hood was deemed a ratbag of the worst order, and he was only doing the same stuff, but the other way round, and never clipping the ticket himself.

      Yes, I’m sure the obnoxious Tamaki is a damnable sinner, all right, and a pox on his house. The house his victims paid for, but never see the inside of.

      • Well Zinc if biblical reference is your benchmark then I shall go along with you and agree he must be a sinner and definitely no saint.

  9. I am somewhat disappointed that you do not see the need to clarify wheter or not you hold prostitutes in contempt

  10. Hopefully we have inferred incorrectly that you hold sex workers in contempt, along with forgers, train robbers, and Tamaki. Please reassure us, and the people who are contacting us about this comment, that this is indeed not the case. We do, however, strongly agree with your sentiments on Brian Tamaki.

    • Thank you for this comment, Catherine. Your point is a good one. It looks as though I’m deriding prostitutes. That was not of course my intention. I suppose I’m reflecting three occupations that are not usually seen in a very positive light by the general population. However, I won’t retrospectively change the post, since that would mean losing your valid objection to my use of prostitution as an example. (Great to hear from you again. Brian)

  11. I’m sure the meaning is perfectly clear, Christian. I hold Brian Tamaki in far greater contempt than in which I hold Richie McCaw, who I don’t hold in any kind of contempt at all.

  12. The first time I can agree with Alan

  13. Can someone tell me where he got those cool shades from?