Destiny Church co-founder Hannah Tamaki has been stood down from the Maori Women's Welfare League, and three branches she helped establish have been disbanded.
Tamaki, the wife of Bishop Brian Tamaki, only learnt of the news through the media, her spokesperson Richard Lewis told Maori Television's Te Kaea last night.
Tamaki and the league were embroiled in a lengthy debate last year when she bid for the presidency of the league.
She had been thrown off the ballot by league officials, but a High Court judge overturned that decision and allowed her to run for the presidency.
However, members of the 10 new Destiny branches of the league that she had established in Auckland were ineligible to vote.
Tamaki did not win the presidency, that role instead went to Katarina O'Brien.
Following an investigation, the league announced that Tamaki would be stood down, Te Kaea reported.
She would not be able to hold a regional office until 2015.
In addition, three of the Auckland offices she helped establish would be disbanded.
"I think Hannah will be disappointed at the length of the stand down and the fact that the national executive has moved to even take this step," Lewis said.
Tamaki was aware of the investigation and had made a formal request for the league's decision several weeks ago, so it was disappointing to find out the way she did, Lewis said.
The league was acting on a constitution "which is out of touch with today's reality," he said.
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