Lane Nichols is a senior NZ Herald reporter

Corrections Minister Judith Collins sells luxury beach house

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has sold her luxury Maraetai holiday home for $1.9 million. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Corrections Minister Judith Collins has sold her luxury Maraetai holiday home for $1.9 million. Photo / Jason Oxenham

• Corrections Minister Judith Collins has sold her luxury Maraetai holiday home for $1.9 million.
• The property failed to sell after being passed in for the same price in November 2014.
• She bought the property with her husband in 2006 for $1.17m, meaning they pocketed $730,000 in capital gain from the sale.
• Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has been renting "Crusher's" retreat but moved out earlier this year.


Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has vacated the luxury holiday pad of Corrections Minister Judith Collin after she sold the Pohutukawa Coast bolt-hole for nearly $2 million.

Collins, nicknamed "Crusher" when she proposed legislation to crush the cars of persistent boy racers. listed the six-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion for sale two years ago hoping to get "north of $2m". But it was passed in at auction for $1.9m in November 2014 after receiving just a single bid.

In June last year the Weekend Herald revealed that Tamaki - a self-anointed bishop of the controversial conservative church - was renting Collins' swanky Omana Heights Dr digs with his wife Hannah after selling their own luxury house across the road for $1.5m.

The Tamakis old 450sq m five-bedroom house featured elevator access to its three levels, a sauna, gymnasium, heated swimming pool and its own security fences and gates.

Collins' beach retreat is smaller than Tamakis' former abode, at just 415sq m - about twice the size of the average Kiwi home.

It is constructed from tilt slab concrete and features three lounge areas, an outdoor entertainer's kitchen, theatre room, two gas fires, remote controlled LED lighting and panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf.

Property records show Collins and her husband, Oravida director David Wong-Tung, finally sold the house through Barfoot & Thompson in March for $1.9m - the same price they refused to accept two years ago.

They purchased the retreat in 2006 for $1.17m, according to QV. It means they pocketed $730,000 in capital gain from the sale - about $73,000 a year, $22,000 more than Auckland's annual median wage.

The Herald sent questions to Collins asking whether she was happy with the selling price, if Tamaki had been a good tenant, and whether she had declared the $730,000 windfall to IRD for tax purposes.

She did not respond.

A neighbour told the Herald Tamaki moved out of Collins' house several months ago but was now living in another property just down the street.

"He's a couple of doors down. To my knowledge he's renting."

The man said he had little to do with the Tamakis when they were living in Collins' house.

"I seldom saw them."

Questions put to Destiny Church also went unanswered.

Collins was reinstated as a Cabinet minister in December last year.

She resigned from the Justice portfolio during the 2014 election campaign when emails stolen from blogger Cameron Slater implicated her in a campaign to undermine the position of former Serious Fraud Office head Adam Feeley.

Collins was later cleared in an inquiry by retired High Court judge Lester Chisholm.

She and her husband bought a new five-bedroom home in St Heliers in October 2013 for $2.35m. They also own property in Nelson and Wellington.

- Herald on Sunday

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