3 Nov 2009

Turning around lives motivates me, not wealth - Tamaki

3:41 pm on 3 November 2009

Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki says a passion to turn around Maori lives drives him rather than desire for personal wealth.

The Tainui descendant attracted fresh scrutiny after demanding an oath of allegiance from 700 male followers, including a suggestion he and his wife be the recipient of spontaneous gifts.

Bishop Tamaki denies he is getting $500,000 a year on top of his salary.

He told Waatea News that critics are jealous the church has turned around thousands of lives including those of drug addicts, gamblers, gang members and abusers of women and children.