Destiny Church leads anti-government protest in central Christchurch

Destiny Church founder Brian Tamaki, centre, with Destiny Church pastor Derek Tait, right, leading an anti-Government protest in Christchurch on Saturday.

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Destiny Church founder Brian Tamaki, centre, with Destiny Church pastor Derek Tait, right, leading an anti-Government protest in Christchurch on Saturday.

A handful of central Christchurch streets were blocked early Saturday afternoon, as Destiny Church leaders Brian Tamaki and Derek Tait led an anti-government march.

Police were aware of the protest and a police spokesperson said they had been in contact with the organisers.

There were no issues of note during the protest, the spokesperson added.

The Christchurch City Council published protest route on Friday and advised people to avoid commuting in the area.

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A handful of counter protesters showed up to meet the crowd.

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A handful of counter protesters showed up to meet the crowd.

Before the march began, supporters gathered at the Bridge of Remembrance and listened to speeches given by Christchurch Destiny Church pastor Derek Tait and Destiny Church founder Brian Tamaki.

Tamaki spoke for about 30 minutes.

Both men said New Zealand was “under oppression”, with Tamaki remarking that he recently travelled to Australia and he could “smell” freedom there.

Tamaki also espoused anti-vaccine views and finished his speech by saying the political system had “raped us”.

A Stuff reporter estimated about 1000 people were present during the subsequent march through the streets.

Protesters chanted that mandates and various political parties “must go”. A banner carried by the supporters proclaimed: “Labour must go”.

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