Destiny Church's Hannah Tamaki again splashes out on flash Mercedes - and this one's a 577hp beast

Destiny Church co-leader Hannah Tamaki has once again splashed out on a new Mercedes-Benz - this time it's a 577-horsepower twin-turbo V8 beast.

Public records show Ms Tamaki took ownership of the black 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63 S SUV on August 15.

The vehicle sells for $207,900 plus on road costs from Auckland's Armstrong Prestige.

The SUV is an upgrade on Ms Tamaki's previous vehicle, an AMG GLE 450 coupe with a 3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine purchased about a year ago.

A Mercedes-Benz 2017 AMG GLE 63 S - powered by a 577-horsepower, 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Source: Mercedes-Benz

Following that purchase - the second high-end Mercedes-Benz purchase by Ms Tamaki within seven months - some criticised her, saying it was greedy and unbecoming of a church leader running charity to drive such a lavish car at the expense of church members.

Destiny Church spokesperson Anne Williamson told 1 NEWS the Tamakis were "surprised at the media's intense interest in their private lives".

"What car they drive is not news," Ms Williamson said.

"It is also a concern to know how you acquired this knowledge, and we will be looking in to that."

The records were acquired by 1 NEWS through a publicly-accessible government website, and Ms Tamaki has also tweeted a photo of her new car.

She then tweeted about the criticism, saying "What u spend ur $ on, ur business" and that she wishes she could have an even more expensive car.

Destiny Church was co-founded with Ms Tamaki's husband Brian Tamaki - a self-appointed bishop - and their charitable organisations are tax-exempt.

Members of the church are reportedly required to pay 10 per cent of their income to the church as a tithe, as well as being encouraged to give more in special giving drives.

In July, 1 NEWS revealed that Charities Services was looking at their approach towards "serial late filing" from charitable entities such as Destiny Church.

The church remains badly behind with the annual financial returns of three of its largest charities - Destiny Church Auckland Trust, Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited - despite extensions being granted by Charities Services.

Destiny Church co-leader Hannah Tamaki, with a Mercedes-Benz 2017 AMG GLE 63 S.
Destiny Church co-leader Hannah Tamaki with a Mercedes-Benz 2017 AMG GLE 63 S - she bought one in 2017. Source: Mercedes-Benz/Hannah Tamaki/Twitter

Watch: Winston Peters accuses Paula Bennett of asking 'mindless questions' and diving into 'moronic abyss' during Question Time

Winston Peters accused Paula Bennett of asking "mindless questions" and diving into a "moronic abyss" during Question Time today.

His comments came as National's deputy leader was quizzing Mr Peters, who was answering on behalf of the Prime Minister, on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill in the House today.

"Can she confirm that the Labour-led Government unanimously voted for the bill at select committee and the bill has now been prepared for a second reading, and do they know how they will vote for it?" Ms Bennett asked the deputy prime minister.

"On behalf of the prime minister, if that member will not conform to the proper language of an MMP environment we do not intend to answer her mindless questions.

"She knows full well the construction, we can handle it and that's why were here and that's why they're over there, because they just don't grasp what the new environment looks like," Mr Peters answered.

Ms Bennett was then given a warning by Speaker Trevor Mallard for prefacing her follow up by implying that Mr Peters led the Government instead of Ms Ardern.

She went on to try and get more answers about the bill, asking: "Does the govt support the employment relations amendment bill as it is currently written?"

Mr Peters again went on the attack in his answer.

"Look we're not going to have a dive to the moronic abyss that the member wants to go to.

"We are talking about a process of the full committee of the House and then onto the third reading, that's whats being targeted that's what we'll do."

Construction worker injured in workplace accident above Auckland's city centre

A construction worker has been injured in an accident on top of a construction site in Auckland’s city centre.

One person was transport to Auckland Hospital in a moderate condition, said St John spokesperson Mark Deoki.

Two fire department vehicles were also sent to the scene, near the intersection of Victoria St West and Graham Street.

St John Ambulance (file picture).
St John Ambulance (file picture). Source: St John.

Māori youth labelled 'plastic': 'I'm not Māori enough but I'm not white'

Young Māori have spoken out about being labelled "plastic" because they can't speak the language - saying the hurtful term is used to imply they're fake or less Māori.

This week we've seen New Zealanders everywhere embracing te reo, sharing their stories, and encouraging others to learn the language.

But for many Māori who can't speak it, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori can be a stark reminder of the guilt and shame they feel not knowing their own language.

Eve Duncan Spring is from the iwi of Ngāruahine, but she's never learned how to speak her language.

Growing up it wasn't spoken in her home, and it wasn't offered as a language at the schools she went to.

"Where do I fit because if I say I'm Māori I'm not Māori enough but I'm not white, so if anything it just makes me sad," she said.

According to the 2013 census, just over 127,000 Māori can hold a conversation in te reo.

For Emma Brown, from Ngāpuhi, Māori was her first language as she went to Kohanga Reo.

But she was then enrolled into mainstream education for the rest of her schooling.

Now, she said, she could hold a conversation with a 5-year-old - anyone older and she feels out of her depth.

"We stopped using it around home and obviously stopped speaking Māori at school.

"I found that the better I got going through the westernised education system, the less I was able to retain that Māori that I learnt as a young kid."

She said through high school she often seemed worlds apart from the other Māori.

She had different interests from her peers, she enjoyed physics and she didn't hang out at the school marae.

As a result she was labelled 'plastic' by them, a term which still makes her angry.

"I don't know who came up with the standard."

"I've never heard a Pākehā be called plastic, but it's applied to every other culture like we've got standards to meet that someone else set for us."

Both Ms Duncan Spring and Ms Brown said the main reason they're not able to speak Māori has been their surroundings.

'It comes from within'

Jaymi Hirawani McTaggart had the same experience and she said she has been called plastic several times.

That's further complicated by her Pākehā-Chinese father and his stance on learning te reo Māori.

"I actually got discouraged by a couple of people. There's a outlook about it like 'it's not a global language, why's it so important to learn?' My dad was like, 'you should learn mandarin'."

However not everyone around them has been judgemental.

Tumanako Fa'aui said despite not being able to speak Māori he has had support from his elders.

"I've had enough kaumātua and fairly influential people tell me that it comes from within, it shouldn't be what's on the outside.

"You're Māori because of your whakapapa, it's not something for someone else to tell you."

Despite the label and the names, they're all taking steps to learn their reo. They've enrolled in courses and are learning from those around them who speak Māori.

Ms Brown said she still needs to put in more effort.

"We did a course at Unitec, the free Māori courses. My nana was fluent and my dad is so there are opportunities around for me to learn."

Mr Fa'aui said speaking with his mum at home has been the biggest help.

"I've been doing correspondence te reo courses and my mum has picked it up again so we're trying to speak as much as we can to each other at home."

- Reporting by Radio NZ's Eden More

Jaymi Hirawani McTaggart, Emma Brown, Tumanako Fa’aui and Eve Duncan Spring talk about being labelled 'plastic'.
Jaymi Hirawani McTaggart, Emma Brown, Tumanako Fa’aui and Eve Duncan Spring talk about being labelled 'plastic'. Source: