Author(s): Peter Lineham
While Destiny began in 1998, it was in 2004 that the church rose to notoriety with its 'Enough is Enough' march against what it deemed society's deteriorating moral standards. It has evolved to be a significant – if controversial – presence in New Zealand's religious, political and Maori worlds. But what is Destiny? What does it stand for? Who are its followers? Destiny, written by respected commentator Peter Lineham, is the first full and independent account of the church and its personnel. With unprecedented access to its inner workings, including interviews with Bishop Brian Tamaki and other pastors, Lineham reveals the truth about the movement, addressing public questions and fears, and delivering a fascinating picture of the organisation on the eve of launching its 'City of God' in South Auckland.
Peter Lineham is Associate Professor of History at Massey University, where he was, until recently, also its Regional Director of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research focuses on religion in New Zealand life and history, and he has published extensively on the subject, Bible & Society, There We Found Brethren and No Ordinary Union among his previous works. He Lives in Auckland.