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Destiny Church leaders launch 'Coalition New Zealand' party

Destiny Church leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki launch 'Coalition New Zealand' party

Destiny Church's leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki have launched a new political party called Coalition New Zealand.

Destiny church leaders launch the Coalition New Zealand political party. Photo: RNZ /Joanna MacKenzie

Mrs Tamaki will lead the party with the aim of getting into parliament in next year's election.

She said she consulted extensively before making the decision to enter politics and she believed there was a silent majority who would support the party.

Mr Tamaki said he was fully supporting the party but had not decided what his role will be.

Funding for the party will come from membership and not from church donations.

Mr Tamaki said they felt they needed to get involved in politics because the Labour led government was leading the country in the wrong direction.

The government had introduced harmful policies had lacked leadership, he said.

Mrs Tamaki said she was a concerned New Zealander and the time had come to make a stand.

The pair were talking to a packed media conference in the executive lounge at the Destiny Complex in Manukau.

No decision had been made yet on with constituencies the party would target.

But in a direct message to the National MP, Alfred Ngaro, Mrs Tamaki opened the door to working together.

He appeared to be "a reasonable man looking for somewhere to call home," she said.

Earlier this week, Mr Ngaro confirmed he was considering setting up a Christian party, similarly contending that mainstream political parties in New Zealand failed to engender Christian values in policies.

Yesterday, Mr Tamaki said they had been weighing up a move into politics for "a number of months".

Spokesperson Anne Williamson said the move was designed to counter an "escalating tide of poor decision-making" and the erosion of New Zealand values by politicians.

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