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Electoral Commission refuses to register Destiny Church-derived party, Coalition NZ

The Electoral Commission has refused to register Hannah Tamaki’s political party, Coalition New Zealand.

The Destiny Church-derived party was refused registration because the name and logo was likely to mislead or confuse voters, the commission confirmed on Friday. 

The Tamakis launched their political party in May and claimed the country would see “politics with teeth”. 

Hannah Tamaki announced in May she would be the leader of the Coalition New Zealand party.

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Hannah Tamaki announced in May she would be the leader of the Coalition New Zealand party.

“You’ll see a party led by leaders as leadership is what is lacking right now,” Brian Tamaki said.

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“Labour has been taking us in the wrong direction. Our freedom is endangered due to harmful politics coming from the Government.”

The Coalition New Zealand announcement was made at Destiny church in Manukau in May.

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The Coalition New Zealand announcement was made at Destiny church in Manukau in May.

A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission said the name Coalition New Zealand could lead voters to think they were voting for a grouping of other parties, or voting for a party association with the current Government. 

She said the party could reapply for registration with a different name and logo. 

Other parts of the party’s application were in order, she said.

Destiny church leader Brian Tamaki said in May he was "not trying to get into parliament".

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Destiny church leader Brian Tamaki said in May he was “not trying to get into parliament”.

Coalition New Zealand was earlier forced to find a new domain name after Kiwi comedian Tim Batt bought the www.coalitionparty.co.nz page.

At the time, former National Party president Michelle Boag said the Coalition New Zealand party was “an interesting addition” to the political landscape and it was unsurprising party leader Hannah Tamaki voiced no desire to immediately discuss policies.

“You can get involved in politics without having detailed policies if you capture the mood. A whole lot of people vote on what they see on Twitter,” Boag told Stuff.

Brian Tamaki had first indicated in February he was interested in starting a new political party, but did not fully commit to the idea.

May’s announcement was not the church’s first foray into politics.

Tamaki told TVNZ in 2004 his church would “rule New Zealand” by 2008.

Destiny church member Richard Lewis founded a party named “Destiny New Zealand” with Tamaki as its “spiritual advisor” in 2003, winning 0.62 per cent of the party vote in 2005 and deregistering in 2007.

The church later supported “The Family Party” in 2008 but that party also found little electoral success and was eventually deregistered.

Destiny Church found fame with its “Enough is Enough” march against civil unions in 2004.

Coalition New Zealand has been contacted for comment.


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