Ideological Twin-Set: Tamaki/Trump

Church leader uses ploys from Trump’s bag of tricks


Bishop Brian Tamaki seems to have taken a couple of popularist planks from President Trump’s platform.

At Waitangi, last Thursday he railed against immigrants and also suggested: “We should drain the Wellington bureaucratic swamp”.

The Destiny Church leader was described in the Waitangi Day service schedule booklet as an ‘Apostle Bishop’.

Tamaki had arrived with about 200 supporters, including his wife, Hannah.

Initially, his supporters were not allowed into the Waitangi Grounds.

Police were concerned about them causing trouble, but they were eventually allowed to enter.

Tamaki spoke for about half an hour to the crowd of about 1500 people at an interdenominational service at Whare Rūnanga on the Upper Treaty Grounds.

Te Tai Tokerau Anglican Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu had invited Tamaki to speak.

It was the first time he had been invited to participate in the service and was given the honour of delivering a sermon while others did shorter readings.

One of the most inflammatory comments was Tamaki’s likening of immigrants to “termites and parasites” that “totally consume the host”.

He suggested immigrants coming to New Zealand were pushing Pakeha and Maori out of their homes.

His comments were greeted by cheers from his supporters who were wearing t-shirts promoting the church’s Man Up parenting kaupapa and Vision NZ, the new political party fronted by Hannah Tamaki.

The bishop blasted the Government for “selling off the country” to foreign powers – making multiple references to China – and said it’s time to take New Zealand back.

His remarks have met with almost universal condemnation.

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon – who attended the Waitangi Day dawn service – described Tamaki’s comments as shocking and utterly false

Labour MP Willie Jackson saying he needed a “slap across the ears”.

Senior National MP Judith Collins also condemned the comments.



Thanks to CathNews NZ for this article.
Poor Brian Tamaki. He just can’t help putting his foot in it – this time identifying with the political manifesto of President Donald Trump – whose solidarity with the hardline Right-Wing Evangelical Fundamentalists in the U.S.A. has earned him immunity from possible Impeachment – despite his crimes against the democratic principles of U.S. Government. 
Mr. Tamaki has long expressed his disdain for a more inclusive Church Community – like Trump, sharing his prejudice against immigrants and other minorities on the basis of what they are deeming to call ‘Biblical truth’. One hopes that our own N.Z. Government is not suborned by his abusive rhetoric, which hardly promotes any understanding of the Biblical principle of hospitality to  ALL people created in the divine Image and Likeness.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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