Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki faces fresh charges over lockdown protest
Supporters of Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki have gathered outside Henderson Police station in West Auckland this afternoon.
Tamaki’s wife Hannah broadcast footage of the protesters chanting – several wearing Freedom NZ face masks and clothing – to Facebook live.
“I hope my hunny comes home tonight,” Hannah Tamaki posted with the video.
The police station protest comes as one of four people charged over lockdown protests has been confirmed to be Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki, 63.
He has been charged with failing to comply with an order under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act and Alert Level 3 Order – and will also appear before the court for breaching bail conditions.
He has been taken into custody and is due to appear in court today via audio visual link.
The charges follow Tamaki’s boast on social media yesterday that he would not be charged over Saturday’s lockdown protest.
Police said the event – held on Super Saturday, when the public was urged to get vaccinated – was in breach of the rules and they did not rule out further enforcement action.
This morning, Brian and Hannah Tamaki filmed themselves driving on an Auckland motorway, saying they were headed to a central police station for what Brian Tamaki described as “round two”.
The last Facebook live video, captured by Hannah Tamaki, explained that they were now at a different Auckland police station for questioning.
Brian Tamaki earlier said he expected it was going to be “a bit more intensive” than yesterday’s visit.
“It is the second round now. They want me to come into the central police station again and they are going to have another bite of the cherry, ” he told followers on Facebook.
He was turned away from the police station yesterday morning despite expecting to be charged for breaching bail conditions.
The church leader denied he has breached the strict bail conditions imposed on him two weeks ago after he pleaded not guilty to charges relating to illegally attending and organising the first Freedom and Rights Coalition protest at the beginning of the month.
Tamaki is defending the original charges, but his bail conditions prevent him from organising or attending any protests in breach of any Covid-19 level requirement.
In this morning’s post, he said he was standing for “what we believe is our democracy”.
Wife Hannah said this could be their last big battle for the Lord. “Somebody has got to be prepared to be a voice and an option for freedom to choose.”
She said they had started from scratch and had nothing “lots of times” and it never affected them. “This could be about the sixth time.
“Do I have to sell my house? Maybe. Am I going to cry about it? No, because God is no man’s debtor.”
She said she had already been doing an AP to her lawyer after seeking advice after being dumped from Dancing with the Stars.
The couple claim they are not anti-vax, but pro-choice.
Meanwhile, two Waikato men have been summoned to appear in the Hamilton District Court after a mass gathering at Claudelands Park on October 16.
A 46-year-old man has been charged with failing to comply and is due to appear on November 17.
A 56-year-old man has been charged with organising a mass gathering and failing to comply and is due to appear on November 16.
In Northland District, a 47-year-old man has been summoned to appear in the Whangārei District Court on 25 October in relation to organising a mass gathering at Mander Park.
The Northland region was under alert level 3 when the gathering took place.
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