Watch: Brian Tamaki's wife jokes about how he was a 'terrible patient' after being badly burnt by rubbish fire - 'I felt like a chambermaid'

Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has delivered his first sermon since he claims to have received serious burns from a self made rubbish fire, with his wife describing him as a "terrible patient".

Tamaki took to the stage yesterday with what looked to be a burned right hand telling his faithful followers that he had been absent from the church due to having 30 per cent of his body receiving second degree burns.

"I hadn't planned it," Tamaki said. "But I got tired of looking at this rubbish and I thought I'd burn it before I go away and things evolved from there."

The church leader went on to say his torso was the same colour as his burned right hand, which looked blackened, and he had endured "serious pain".

He then called his wife Hannah Tamaki on to the stage, presenting her with a large bouquet of flowers to thank her for nursing him through his ordeal.

Before she left the stage Mr Tamaki asked his wife to tell the audience what a good patient he had been.

"I will not lie, he was terrible, I threatened to leave the country many times, I felt like a chamber maid a slave," Ms Tamaki joked before revealing he was actually a good patient.

Mr Tamaki repeatedly said he will reveal more about his burns story at the next conference and in an upcoming book he wrote during his recuperation.

Death of man in Whanganui being investigated as homicide

A homicide investigation has been launched after a man was found dead at a property in Whanganui last night.

Emergency services were called to the address on Wikitoria Rd at 6:46pm.

The man in his 50s was found dead and a second man in his 50s received serious injuries and was transported to Whanganui Hospital.

The man is now in a stable condition.

Police and ESR are carrying out a scene examination today.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Virtual reality simulator puts Wellington 6m underwater after huge sea level rise

Wellington City Council has developed a virtual reality environment where users can raise the sea level in the capital by up to 6m.

The project was undertaken to help illustrate the projected effects of climate change, with WCC innovation officer Sean Audain telling Stuff it's often easier to show people a problem rather than explain it.

"There's a lot of science that shows us what's going to happen to the oceans or the ice caps there not much science showing what's going to happen to cities," he said.

With just a modest 1m sea level rise, much of Wellington's famed Oriental Parade beach is washed away - at 6m, the waves are lapping at the steps of the Beehive.

WCC Chief Resilience Officer Mike Mendonca said Wellington faces difficult decisions in the future as it looks for ways to push back the inevitably-rising tides.

"We're a long way from making those decisions, but there's no denying the fact that at some time in the future we will have to make some hard calls," Mr Mendonca said.

This simulation shows which parts of Auckland would be underwater at high tide if the sea were to rise by three metres. Source: 1 NEWS

The application took about two years to create and an online version will be available on the WCC website from this afternoon.