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Georgina Beyer and Brian Tamaki

MP Georgina Beyer and Brian Tamaki from Destiny Church debate civil unions on the Holmes television programme. It was broadcast live nationwide just after 7pm on 24 August 2004. The recording begins with the some of the chants and sounds from the Enough is Enough march and rally held on the 23 August.

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In Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, on August 23, 2004, a recorded debate featuring Georgina Beyer and Brian Tamaki, with interviewer Paul Holmes, tackled the contentious topic of the Civil Union Bill and its implications for New Zealand society. Throughout the discourse, the contrasting views became clearly demarcated: Tamaki, representing the vocal opposition rooted in religious conviction, and Beyer, defending the necessity of the legislation for equity and recognition of same-sex relationships under the law.

The debate, which ran for approximately 11 minutes, aired on the television program hosted by Paul Holmes. Key issues raised centered around the potential legalization of same-sex unions and the broader implications for marriage and family structures. Tamaki, the head of the Destiny Church, having led a protest march against the Bill, was queried on the group's controversial approach, which many felt echoed historical oppressive regimes due to its aesthetics and rhetoric. The march itself included uniform black attire and raised-arm gestures, which invited comparisons to Nazi methodology, a linking that Tamaki fervently denied, arguing the march was a peaceful demonstration aimed at upholding marriage and protecting families.

Beyer challenged the conduct at the protest, reporting feelings of intimidation and hostility faced while engaging with counter-marchers and highlighting the incongruence of such behavior with the proclaimed peaceful intentions. Beyer underscored the lack of impact the Civil Union Bill had on heterosexual marriage and emphasized that contrary to being destructive, the legislation offered legal recognition to over 300,000 citizens in same-sex relationships, thus ensuring them the same rights as heterosexual couples under law.

The conversation then pivoted to Tamaki's stance on same-sex relationships, as the pastor distinguished between opposition to behaviors deemed unnatural or abnormal and attitudes towards individuals in the gay and lesbian community. Despite Tamaki's assertions of a peaceful and orderly demonstration, Beyer presented a firsthand account contesting the narrative of civility and highlighting the exclusionary undercurrents of Destiny Church's message.

A brief side discussion emerged focusing on Tamaki's personal assets and the financial practices within the Destiny Church, including tithing expectations from the congregation—a point that was justified by Tamaki as being biblically guided and a testament to prudent lifestyle choices.

In conclusion, both guests stood their ground, with Beyer strongly supporting civil liberties for the LGBTQ+ community, and Tamaki maintaining the march's focus was on safeguarding familial institutions and children's futures. The debate underscored the deep-seated tensions in New Zealand's society regarding civil rights, religious freedom, and societal values at the time.

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Record date:23rd August 2004
Interviewer:Paul Holmes
Source:Off-air recording
Location:Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004588).
URL:https://www.pridenz.com/georgina_beyer_and_brian_tamaki_debate_civil_unions.html