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Bishop Brian Tamaki – an autobiography

Bishop Brian Tamaki – an autobiography

Bishop Brian Tamaki
– an autobiography
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Bishop Brian Tamaki

18 September 2006

Bishop Brian Tamaki – an autobiography

The autobiography of Bishop Brian Tamaki, founder and senior minister of Destiny Churches New Zealand, will be released in October 2006 (Labour Weekend).

Arguably the most prominent and certainly the most controversial Christian minister in recent New Zealand history, his autobiography is a comprehensive work comprised of 65 chapters and 127 full colour illustrations that provide a candid and often humorous insight into his world from childhood through to the present day.

Topics covered include the highly publicised ‘Enough is enough’ march on Parliament grounds in 2004 and his opposition to same-sex marriage legislation, pioneering New Zealand’s first home-grown Christian television programme, the rise of the Destiny Church movement and on being New Zealand’s first Pentecostal Bishop. In addition, Tamaki is forthright with his views on religion, politics, female leadership, homosexuality, money and the media.

Being of Maori (Tainui) and European descent, Tamaki presents his views on topical Maori issues such as Waitangi, Ratana and the Kingitanga movement. Closer to home, he gives insight into the highs and lows of his public and private life, growing up in Te Awamutu and Tokoroa, venturing into forestry, meeting his wife Hannah and his conversion to Christianity.

“I have never kept a documented record of my life. Indeed, there are aspects of my life that I have more readily sought to forget than remember. I am also mindful that self-exposure at this level could be akin to making a rod for my own back. My goal nevertheless is to write frankly and openly...” Bishop Brian Tamaki – an autobiography

The launch of his autobiography coincides with Destiny Churches 2006 Conference being held at Manukau’s TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre over Labour Weekend, which will feature America’s most influential Christian of 2005, Bishop TD Jakes.

A website dedicated to the autobiography can be viewed on


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