Destiny Church building new school

MARIKA HILL
Last updated 16:21 15/10/2012
Brian Tamaki
PATRICK HAMILTON/ Fairfax NZ
CITY OF GOD: Members of Brian Tamaki's Destiny Church are being called on to volunteer in building a new church school.

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Destiny Church followers are being asked to pick up their hard-hats and tool belts for a new church school.

The Destiny Church school is due to open in January next year as part of Bishop Brian Tamaki's plan for his "City of God" at Wiri in South Auckland.

Church spokesman Richie Lewis said they had a large team of church volunteers from around the country to help fit out the school.

Construction of the school could potentially begin by mid-November.

Destiny Church are leasing a four hectare block of land at Druces Dr for the 'city' development.

The proposed building includes an auditorium, recording studio, performing arts and science centre, boxing gym, bookshop, early childhood centre, and a library.

Destiny Church already has a school in Mt Wellington, which will be moved to the new site.

About 250 students are expected to enrol at Destiny School, from year one to 13.

The church launched its original school in 2003 with one teacher and nine year one students.

Destiny Church's school roll is predominantly Maori and Pacific Islanders, with most families living in the more deprived areas of Auckland, the school website says.

"The three-fold partnership between school, family and the local church provides a blanket of support that ensures each child gets the best possible start in life," the website says.

Bishop Tamaki was not available for comment.

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