Tamaki loses bid to head league

21:27, Sep 03 2011
Hannah Tamaki
BID LOST: Hannah Tamaki has lost out on the chance to lead the Maori Women's Welfare League.

Controversial Destiny Church co-founder Hannah Tamaki has failed in her bid to lead the Maori Women's Welfare League.

It is understood Kataraina O'Brien, who is a member of the Matua League Branch in Tauranga, was named as the new president today.

The contest had been marred by months of controversy over the Destiny Church's attempts to win the top seat.

A faction of traditionalist league members had warned the league would split if Tamaki was voted in.

High Court judge Justice Stephen Kos last month ruled Tamaki should be able to run for the presidency of the league after being thrown off the ballot by league officials.

Those officials accused Tamaki of setting up new branches with Destiny churchgoers to gain votes.

Justice Kos said 10 new Destiny branches in Auckland would not be eligible to vote.

In his decision, Justice Kos said he had "considerable disquiet" about the 10 branches set up at Destiny's headquarters on the same day in May increasing the membership of the league from about 2000 to 2850.


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