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New residence for Free Wesleyan Church President

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22 June 2010

This morning, HM Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho inaugurated the new official residence for the President of the FWC of Tonga in Nuku'alofa, as part of the programme of the church's annual conference.

The new residence is a replacement for the original home of the first and subsequent church presidents which was constructed in the 1870s, and was brought down in 2009 to make way for the new building.

Participants in the inauguration service included the President for Education, ‘Alifeleti ‘Atiola, (call to prayer), Dr. Viliami Ta'u Tangi, (first hymn, hymn number 590), Rev. Uaisele Manoa (scripture reading, Ezra 3:10-13) and Rev. Sione Liume Paongo (scripture reading 1 Corinthians 3:9-17), under the guidance of the Master of Ceremony for the event, Conference Secretary General, Dr. Tevita Kolaía Havea.

The project report was given by Architect and Property Manager, Rev. Niulolo Prescott. Construction of the new residence was carried out by the Moala Friendly Construction company, and was supervised and monitored closely by Rev. Niulolo Prescott and Civil Engineer, Pita Moala.

The total cost of the project was $1,654,106.63 which includes a floor space of 1,120.32 sq. meters and outside fencing, landscaping and security provisions.

The Prime Minister, Dr. The Hon. Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele attended the ceremony as well as the Deputy Prime Minister, also the Minister for Health and Acting Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services, Hon. Dr. Viliami Ta'u Tangi.

Accompanying the Prime Minister and the Deputy from His Majesty's Cabinet, were  the Minister for Education, Women's Affairs and Culture, Rev. Dr. Tevita Hala Palefau, Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries, Hon. Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo and the Minister for Revenue Services, Hon. Teisina Fuko. Hon.

Vaea, Baron Fielakepa the Chairman of the Royal Lands Commission, as well as Commissioner Lord David Tupou were also present at the inauguration.

Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho, and Her Royal Highness, Princess Nanasipau'u Tuku'aho each planted a heilala tree in the front of the residence to mark the occasion.

The students of Sia'atoutai Theological College entertained the Queen and guests with traditional dancing and music from the standard repertoire, together with some original compositions, choreography and performances by the Principal of the college, Rev. Dr. Tevita Tonga Mohenoa Puloka.

The conference will continue during the week and will come to a close on Thursday, July the 1st, 2010.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa. Article contribution by Sitiveni Finau.


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