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“I will break your Hate Speech laws before you’ve even had a chance to write them,” says Apostle Brian Tamaki. “I will continue to speak from the Bible without hesitation.”

“The Bible is the infallible Word of God. God’s Word is not Hate Speech! Truth is not Hate Speech!”

Apostle Brian Tamaki is in the process of preparing his submission response for the ‘Proposals against Incitement to hatred or discrimination’ that he will file and release within the next week.

“I see this proposed Hate Speech legislation for what it is...a direct and deliberate attempt to muzzle and silence the Word of God from the pulpit in this nation, for the self-serving agendas of other minority groups.”

“There is only ONE true God, not many gods. There is only ONE faith! The Bible directly addresses false gods and religions, and so must Christians. Just as we differentiate between good and bad, so we must between truth and error with religious groups like Islam (who do not believe Jesus Christ is God), Hinduism, Buddhism, Atheism, Agnostics and others who serve false gods. We are a country founded on Christianity (Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Article 4), not Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or any other religion.”

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one

God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4-6

You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:3

“I will also continue to quote scripture that admonishes all types of sin, whether the group is considered protected or not, as I live by the Word of God. When God prompts me to say something, I will say it, regardless of the consequences under any proposed Hate Speech legislation.”

“I may well address the LGBTQIA community, Black Lives Matter movement, communism, socialism, and even governments when they propose harmful policies that cross scriptural lines.”

“Unwarranted media frenzies over the past couple of years have revealed how minority groups see quoting scripture as being Hate Speech.”

“I never speak or act out of hate or an intention to incite hatred or discrimination. I do not hate anyone or any group. I love all people regardless of who they are or what they believe. God is love! (John 3:16). But Truth is not Hate Speech! To disagree is not Hate Speech! I boldly speak God’s truth in love not to hinder, but to help people. I may offend people with this truth, but I can not control how people chose to respond. The reality is that Destiny Church is probably the religious group that receives the most persecution, mocking, hatred, death threats and discrimination than any other group in New Zealand...even as Tangata Whenua. Despite this, we will fiercely defend the right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression for all New Zealanders.”

“At the end of the day, whether I’m in or outside of prison, I’ll still lead people to Christ!”

“Our government also has a long history of attempting to silence strong Māori leaders like Rua Kēnana through legislation such as the Tohunga Suppression Act 1907 (later repealed). It is my duty and calling by God to be a mouthpiece for God, as an unfettered tohunga ahurewa for my people, for their spiritual health and healing. This proposed legislation will be yet another mechanism to try silence and suppress many tohunga ahurewa, like me.”

Mātauranga (knowledge, world views and perspectives) from a tohunga ahurewa (chosen or appointed spiritual guide) is considered a taonga to Māori.

Within Māoridom and The Kīngitanga, many Kaumātua and Māori religious leaders have publicly declared how they regard Apostle Brian Tamaki as a living Māori Prophet, such as the likes of Rua Kēnana, T.W. Rātana, Te Kooti, Te Whiti-O-Rongomai, Tohu Kākahi, King Tāwhiao and Te Ua Haumēne. Apostle Tamaki is of Ngāti Maniapoto (Tainui) descent who enjoyed a close and special relationship with the late Māori Queen Dame Te Arikinui Te Atai Rangikaahu and The Kīngitanga.

Even sociologists, authors and religious commentators like Professor Peter Lineham have likened Destiny Church to other Māori religious movements, including Ringatū and Rātana, and drawn comparisons of Apostle Tamaki with the Māori prophets.

Apostle Tamaki’s submission response will uphold in greater detail the following:

  • Freedom to Believe - that the authority of the Bible cannot be censored as hate speech.

  • Freedom of Culture - there is a history in this country of seeking to silence strong Māori leaders and it must not be repeated through the proposed legislation

  • Freedom from Political Overreach – the proposed legislation is an inappropriate response to the March 15 terrorist attack. This legislation would not sufficiently prevent a similar attack from occurring again.

  • Freedom from Fear – we will defend the rights of all people to speak and express their minds without the fear of retribution or punishment, and we expect the same level of freedom as Māori and Christians. This proposed legislation is too ambiguous.

“As a Man of God, as a Māori leader, I will not sit quietly on the sidelines and allow legislation to pass that censor what ministers can say in the pulpit, or suppresses what tohunga ahurewa can say on marae or in hui. We will fight this proposed legislation and we would ask anyone else who believes this too, to stand with us. The Word of God must be protected and upheld at all costs. This legislation creates a slippery slope, and Christians, Māori and Kiwis alike need to unite and have their eyes wide open to the insidious agenda at work here.”

Apostle Tamaki is calling for individuals who believe ‘Truth is not Hate Speech’ to show their support by signing his petition to protect the Word of God here -


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