The Wife of Destiny Church’s Bishop Bryan is turning to reality TV competition to boost political party profile.
Destiny Church Pastor Hannah Tamaki is set to join TV Three’s Dancing with The Stars (DWTS).
While Mediaworks is yet to confirm the cast for 2020’s season, a number of news outlets are reporting that Tamaki will feature, drawing sharp condemnation from many within the LGBT+ community following Destiny Church’s homophobic past.
Tamaki’s appearance will be seen as an attempt to lift the prospects of her fledgeling political party Vision NZ which has failed to gain any serious traction since being launched last May.
The far-right party espouses Christian conservatism and says it is a vehicle for the “silent majority” of New Zealand.
Perhaps hoping to balance the presence of Tamaki, Mediaworks are also reportedly considering casting transgender MC Mary Haddock-Staniland as a contestant for 2020’s season.
Haddock-Staniland told the NZ Herald she loves sequins and the “glamsquadlife, so if they did ask I wouldn’t say no”.