27 June 2013, His Majesty King Tupou VI officially opens The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga's 90th Conference, at the Centenary Church, Saione.
The FWC is the largest Methodist denomination in Tonga. Also at the opening event, His Majesty anoint Rev. Dr. Ahio as the new president for the years 2013-2014. Rev. Ahio won the election with 326 votes.
Dr Tevita Koloa’ia Havea became second with 31 votes. The other candidates who ran for the presidency were Rev Dr Mohenoa Puloka and Rev Meleana Puloka who has 2 votes each.
Dr Tevita Kolo’ia Havea was re-elected as Secretary General with 328 votes while Rev Dr Jiotame Havea got 8 votes, Rev Mohenoa Puloka 8 votes and Rev ‘Alifeleti ‘Atiola has 4 votes. Other candidates that stood for secretary position were Rev`d Falematapule Lomu 4 votes, Rev`d Mele`ana Puloka 3 votes, Rev`d Heneli Taliai Niumeitolu 2 votes, Rev`d Tevita Haukinima ,Rev`d Sela T Manu , Rev`d T M `Ofahulu has 1 vote respectively.
According to the history of the church, the President is usually re-elected almost unanimously each year until the person dies or turns 70, which is the retirement age for church ministers. The General Secretary usually takes over as President when the President retires.
This Conference will run in one week, and to end with a farewell with the visitors from overseas and outer islands.
Issued by: Ministry of Information and Communication, Nuku'alofa.