The Salvation Army has bought the massive Destiny Church complex in Mt Wellington and will strip out Bishop Brian Tamaki's plush furnishings to concentrate on foodbanks and social services.
People familiar with the property say the back-rooms and offices feature full-length mirrors and opulent fittings.
Photos on the website of listing agent Bayleys show chandeliers and leather lounge suites, though Salvation Army Northern Division Commander Major Stephen Jarvis said the building will be stripped back to host a food bank, budget counselling, social work services and church services.
''The Salvation Army does not intend to keep the above fittings or mirrors,'' Jarvis said.
He confirmed the purchase of the property at 18 Allright Pl but would not disclose the purchase price.
The church complex has a rateable value of $4.9 million.
Bayleys said the 4,400 square-metre building features an air-conditioned acoustic auditorium, ''modern glass partitioned 1st level office and administration area'', an indoor-outdoor café and consents to build primary and preschools on the site.
''The property benefits from substantial infra-structure associated with the successful school, childcare, church and social services with integrated live broadcast facilities.''
Jarvis said the Salvation Army would take ownership on March 31. The purchase was funded by the proceeds of the sale of the Salvation Army's Queen St property.
Destiny sold as it raises money to build a new ''City of God'' in South Auckland.
Destiny Church did not respond to requests for an interview.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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