Destiny Church charities could be de-registered after failing to provide annual returns
Two Destiny Church charities have received notices from the Department of Internal Affairs informing them they will be removed from the Charities Register.
The move means the charities will be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they do not file either an objection to the notice, or their overdue returns, within 20 working days.
The two charities are Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings.
Both are affiliated with the church in Wiri, south Auckland, which is led by the self-styled 'Bishop' Brian Tamaki.
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Destiny International Trust is listed on the Charities Register as providing religious services and activities, advice, information and advocacy, and services such as care and counselling.
Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings is listed as a provider of buildings, facilities, or open space.
Neither charity has lodged an annual return since 2015.
A third charity, Destiny Church Auckland, was also due to receive a notice this week, but filed its returns on Friday, a Department of Internal Affairs spokesman said.
He said he was unable to comment further while the process was underway.
Church spokeswoman Anne Williamson said the organisation was "moving along really professionally" with its audit and would file its overdue returns within 20 working days.
"We're really confident we can meet the Internal Affairs deadline of early November."
In 2016, Auckland man Aaron Smithson started a petition to strip Destiny of its charity status.
However, Charities Services found "insufficient evidence" to investigate the church.