Destiny Church youth leader reportedly stood down over sexual abuse allegations

A youth leader with Destiny Church has reportedly been stood down for allegedly sexually abusing youths in his care.

It's reported he had youngsters stay at his home over a number of years and now faces multiple sexual assault allegations.

The New Zealand Herald is reporting a young man's mother went to police with allegations of sexual abuse last November and after police approached the church, it stood down a youth leader and banned him from the church.

In a statement police confirmed an investigation is ongoing into historical sexual abuse allegations at a youth group based in Counties Manukau but given the nature of these complaints police said there's a specialised process that needs to be worked through to progress the investigation.

Police said they are not able to comment on a number of specifics due to the ongoing investigation and out of privacy considerations.

Destiny Church has been a loud conservative voice in the conversation around sexuality.

The rainbow community criticised Destiny Church for a David v Goliath-style ad showing a boy carrying a severed head and bearing the tagline: "Time to Kill."

Tamaki said the giant depicted in the advert symbolised a spirit that wanted to sexualise our children.

Meanwhile, a relative of Tamaki last month pleaded guilty to destroying a rainbow crossing on Karangahape Road.