Stan Walker performing today at Destiny Church event

Stan Walker is headlining Destiny Church's Man Up event in Manukau.
Stan Walker is headlining Destiny Church's Man Up event in Manukau.

Destiny Church's Man Up men's conference featuring headliner Stan Walker is in full swing today.

The event began at 8.30am in Manukau, less than two weeks after the church's leader Brian Tamaki blamed natural disasters on gay people, sinners and murders.

On the event's website, the church said it aimed to empower men to overcome past struggles in order to become "better fathers, husbands and leaders in their home and community".

Promotional material for the event said Brian Tamaki and Stan Walker would be present and featured photographs of the two men side by side.

It was unclear when today Walker would be performing.

Live streaming videos have been posted to the Church's Facebook page showing performances and talks from people present.

The event has also pledged its support of the White Ribbon anti-domestic violence campaign which ran yesterday.

The day before the Kaikoura Earthquake struck, devastating North Canterbury, Tamaki said in a sermon that the Earth "convulses under the weight of certain human sin".

"It spews itself up after a while - that's natural disasters. Because nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity."

He also blamed a gay priest and the people of Christchurch for the devastating earthquakes that hit Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 which killed 185 people.

The day after the Herald published a report about the sermon, Tamaki told Radio Live he believed all people who participated in illicit sexual behaviour, adultery and child abuse were to blame for the earthquake, not just gay people and murders.

More than 120,000 people have now signed a petition to strip Destiny of its tax-free status.

Two days after reports of Tamaki's sermon surfaced in the media, Walker tweeted: "Jesus is Love. Love God & love people. Love all people for all that they are. Love conquers all."

Saturday's event won't be the first time Walker has performed at the controversial church.

In 2014 he performed at Destiny's No Limits conference.

- NZ Herald

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