Destiny New Zealand

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Destiny New Zealand
Leader Richard Lewis
Founded2003 (2003)
Dissolved18 September 2007 (2007-09-18)
Ideology Christian-based social conservatism
International affiliationNone
ColoursRed, black, white
MPs in the House of Representatives 0
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Destiny New Zealand was a Christian political party in New Zealand centred on the charismatic/pentecostal Destiny Church. The party described itself as "centre-right". It placed a strong focus on socially conservative values and argued that the breakdown of the traditional family was a primary cause of many of New Zealand's problems. It announced its de-registration as a political party on 18 September 2007, and was removed from the register a month later. [1] It did not hold any seats in Parliament.

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History

Destiny New Zealand was formed early in 2003. By June 2004 the party claimed to have around three thousand members, and indicated an intent to stand candidates in all electorates. The party took a strongly conservative stance in most policy areas. It repeatedly criticised what it saw as the permissive nature of modern society, with Brian Tamaki saying that New Zealand "has moved so far away from God that anything goes now".

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A permissive society is a society in which social norms become increasingly liberal, especially with regard to sexual freedom. This usually accompanies a change in what is considered deviant. While typically preserving the rule "do not harm others", a permissive society would have few other moral or legal codes.

Brian Tamaki New Zealand evangelical leader

Brian Raymond Tamaki heads Destiny Church, a Pentecostal Christian organisation in New Zealand which advocates strict adherence to fundamentalist biblical morality, and is notable for its position against homosexuality, its patriarchal views and for its calls for a return to biblical conservative family values and morals.

The party's political leader, Richard Lewis, spoke out strongly against the former Labour-Progressive administration, saying that the nation "simply cannot afford to spend another term under the dictates of an anti-marriage, anti-family and anti-Christian government." Destiny New Zealand also condemned the existence of "fatherless families", saying that lack of male leadership contributed to social ills. In 2000, Tamaki reportedly stated that having female political leaders (as New Zealand had at the time) formed part of the "Devil's strategy", [2] [3] although Tamaki says that reports have taken his remarks out of context.

Richard Lewis is the former leader of two conservative Christian political parties in New Zealand, Destiny New Zealand and The Family Party. He led both these parties from their formation to deregistration.

The New Zealand Labour Party, or simply Labour, is a centre-left political party in New Zealand. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as democratic socialism, while observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. It is a participant of the international Progressive Alliance.

2005 general election

In 2004, Tamaki predicted that Destiny Church would rule New Zealand by 2008. [4] However, in the 2005 elections, Destiny New Zealand received just over 14,000 votes (out of over two million nationwide) or 0.62% of the vote—well short of 5% threshold required to enter Parliament without winning an electorate. This was the highest vote of any party not to make it into Parliament. [5] Polling before the election consistently showed the party was well short of the threshold. None of its electorate candidates were a serious factor in their respective races (Lewis had the best showing, gaining 1,111 votes for a distant third in Manukau East).

2005 New Zealand general election general election

The 2005 New Zealand general election on Saturday 17 September 2005 determined the membership of the 48th New Zealand Parliament. One hundred and twenty-one MPs were elected to the New Zealand House of Representatives: 69 from single-member electorates, including one overhang seat, and 52 from party lists.

Some confusion exists as to how closely the Destiny New Zealand party overlapped with the Destiny Church. According to both Brian Tamaki (leader of the church) and Richard Lewis (leader of the party), the two remained quite separate, with the teachings of the church merely having inspired the party. Tamaki described the situation by saying: "the way I preach has stirred something in their hearts and they've decided to do something", and described himself merely as "a spiritual adviser".[ citation needed ] Lewis similarly denied that the church controlled the party. Others, including several former church members, see this paradigm as just an illusion, and say that Lewis actually just served as a "frontman" for Tamaki. Groups such as Cultwatch, a multi-denominational Christian group that targets what it perceives as cults, have attacked the party and the church. [6] The church and the party dismissed these criticisms as merely attempts to undermine the movement.[ citation needed ]

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Deregistration and stalled merger

On 18 September 2007, Brian Tamaki announced that Destiny New Zealand would be deregistered as a political party. [7] In its place, a new Christian political party would be formed, with Richard Lewis as the co-leader. [8] The second co-leader was not announced. However, then-MP for The Kiwi Party Gordon Copeland announced that he was the other co-leader of the party. [9] On 20 September Copeland announced that he "could not work" with Richard Lewis, and would remain an independent MP. [10] In October, it was announced that Destiny New Zealand would put its support behind a Family Party, to be led by Lewis and former United Future MP Paul Adams. [11]

The Kiwi Party was a political party operating in New Zealand between 2007 and 2011. Briefly known as Future New Zealand, it was a breakaway from the United Future New Zealand party and sought to carry on the tradition of Future New Zealand. The party was formed when MP Gordon Copeland left United Future after a dispute over support for the Crimes Amendment Act 2007. At the 2008 general election, the Kiwi Party was unsuccessful, and was not re-elected to Parliament. It did not contest the 2011 general election under its own banner, but the leaders and other members stood for the Conservative Party.

Gordon Copeland New Zealand politician

Gordon Frank Copeland was a New Zealand politician who served as a Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2008. He entered the House of Representatives as a list MP for the United Future New Zealand Party from 2002 but he resigned from the party in 2007. In March 2009, Copeland became Party President of The Kiwi Party, which he had co-founded with another former United Future list MP, Larry Baldock, in May 2007. Copeland stood for the Conservative Party in the 2011 New Zealand general election. Prior to entering Parliament he held a number of corporate positions before working as the financial administrator for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington.

The Family Party

The Family Party was a political party in New Zealand. It described itself as a Christian party.

Electoral results

Election# of party votes% of party vote# of seats
won
Government/opposition?
2005 14,2100.62
0 / 120
Not in Parliament

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References

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  2. Taylor, Kevin (24 May 2003). "Evangelist's church spawns Christian political party". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  3. Wall, Tony (7 March 2010). "Is Tamaki's empire crumbling?". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  4. "Is Destiny destined to rule?". Television New Zealand. 3 October 2004. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011.
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  6. Inside Destiny Church Archived 16 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. "Destiny Church widening political scope". Newstalk ZB. 17 September 2007. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  8. "New Party to unify Christians". The Dominion Post. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  9. "Copeland announces he's co-leader". Newstalk ZB. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007.[ permanent dead link ]
  10. "Speed wobbles hit Christian party plan". The Dominion Post. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007.
  11. "Joint Christian party officially dead, as two new parties emerge". Radio New Zealand. 17 October 2007. Archived from the original on 19 October 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2007.