The Church

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in the Kingdom of Tonga has confirmed in its Annual Conferences that the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in New Zealand has become a District (or Vahefonua) of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Tonga and it is desirable that the decision of the Conference is reaffirmed here.

The Christian faith and religious principles which are applied and followed by the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in the Kingdom of Tonga shall be adopted by the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in New Zealand and its branches throughout the New Zealand.

The Christian faith, religious principles, rules and protocols as dictated by the latest edition of the Constitution of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in the Kingdom of Tonga (referred to as the Konisitūtone mo e Ngaahi Lao 'a e Siasi Uesiliana Tau'atāina, ko e paaki hono Nima, 2005) shall be adopted and practise in full by the congregations of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in New Zealand and its branches established throughout New Zealand.

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga is the single largest religious group in the Kingdom of Tonga with active adherents. The roots of the church closely parallels Tonga's modern history, closer relations with foreign influence. It began since the arrival of British Methodist missionaries in 1826, Reverend John Thomas and Reverend John Hutchinson and their families. Reverend Thomas and Reverend Hutchinson successfully established the Church in Kolovai and gained the Chief's support and protection, almost 30 years after the landing of the London Missionary Society group.

Neil Gunson summarises the first period of sustained contact with papalangi and missionaries: in the period 1796 – 1826, Tonga met the outside challenge of European ideas and skills, made its adjustment and, on the basis of the experience of thirty years, opted for Christianity. Island Missionaries and thoughtful beachcombers, perhaps more than European Missionaries had helped towards this outcome.

Wesleyan Missionaries still encountered problems even after 1826. Priest caste of the traditional religion, chiefs and people all caused strong oppositions for the want of traditional standards and values to be safeguarded. The Missionaries themselves also caused some of the problems. They sometimes reflected their home-countries social and religious background and of course, not very sensitive in their approach in a totally strange environment. “Their attitude was mainly determined by a strong zeal ‘to save the lost….at all cost’ combined with a consciousness of the absolute righteous of their cause.” In 1834 – a revival movement by the name of the “Tongan Pentecost” swept over the islands. This revival is still regarded as important for the development of Christianity in Tonga.

“It confirmed and extended what had already begun with several crucial conversions such as that of Taufa’ahau, who was already on the way to gaining politician power over the group and was soon to secure the establishment of Christianity in the whole Kingdom as King George Tupou I, Taufa’ahau was able to keep Tonga out of power struggles between the colonial powers of that time.” Because Tupou I was very determined to maintain Tonga’s political independence, the idea of having an independent church probably developed. In 1880 – Tupou I proclaimed that “Tonga should have an independent church ….. the missionaries and the whole world should see that I am determined to have the separation.” This proves that it was not only the influence of Shirley Baker, a former Missionary and Tupou’s advisor, that led king Tupou I to this separation of the Church. This separation is that of the Free Church of Tonga from the Wesleyan Mission in 1885.

Census of that time stated, “more than 90% of Vava’u and Ha’apai and a majority of Tongatapu were willing to follow the King in the breakaway to form the Free Church.” “In violation of the 1875 constitution, in which religious freedom was guaranteed, the remaining Wesleyans were persecuted, and in 1887 a small group, suspected of being involved in a murder attempt on Baker, were exiled to Fiji.” 1924 – Queen Salote (leader of the Free Church) attempted to reunite the Free Church with the Wesleyan Mission. It is said, that this was because she was influenced by the fact that she was married to a Wesleyan high Chief, William Tupou Tungi.

The president of the Free Church of Tonga by then, Jabez Watkin, was against this idea of Queen Salote. The Queen, as a result, dismissed him, so he started the Free Church of Tonga. The minority group was about 1,234 members. The majority then was of 16,848 members. They were joined to the newly established Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. This was the dominant church in Tonga from that time. 

NGAAHI 'AHO MAHU'INGA

1984   FOKOTUʻU 'A E SIASÍ ʻI NIU SILA
1985   LĒSISITA 'A E SIASÍ ʻI NIU SILA
1986   FAKATAU 'API KO ʻOFA-KI-TONGA, 'OTAHUHU
    Tuʻutuʻuni Talāsiti Lahí ke fakahingoa ko "ʻOfa ki Tonga"
1989   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO PĒTELI, MANGERE
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Palesitení, Rev. Dr. Sione ʻAmanaki Havea.
1991   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO TUINGAPAPAI-ʻO-UESILĒ, MANGERE
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Palesitení, Rev. Dr. Sione ʻAmanaki Havea.
1996   FOKOTUʻU AKOTEU TUINGAPAPAÍ, MANGERE
    Huufi ʻe he ʻEne ʻAfió Taufaʻāhau Tupou IV.
    FAKATAU ʻAPI KO KUMUNI LOTO, OTAHUHU
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Palesiteni Mālōloó, Rev. Dr. Sione ʻAmanaki Havea.
1997   HUUFI FALELOTU KO ONGOONGO LELEI, MANGERE
    Huufi ʻe he ʻEne ʻAfió Taufaʻāhau Tupou IV.
2001   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO KETISEMANI, HAMILTON
    Foaki ʻe he Talāsiti Fakakoló ko e koloa ʻa e Vahefonuá.
2003   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO HĒVANI-ʻI-MĀMANI
    Fakatāpui ʻe he ʻEiki Palesitení, Rev. Dr. ʻAhio.
2004   VAHEFONUA KI TONGA
    Fakamoʻon 'a e Konifelenisíi mo e Vahefonua Niu Silá ʻi he Memorandum of Understanding.
2006   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO MOʻUNGA-KIHE-LOTO, MT ROSKILL
    Ko e ʻapi ʻo e Siasí ʻi Mt Roskill
2007   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO E FAKAKOLOA MEI LANGI, OTARA
    Ko e ʻapinofoʻanga faifekau ʻi Otara
2009   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO PUHA-ʻOE-FUAKAVA, MANGERE
    Ko e ʻapinofoʻanga ʻo e Tokoni Tauhi Paʻangá.
    FAKATAU ʻAPI KO ʻOMEIA. MANGERE
    Fakatāpui ʻe he ʻEiki Palesitení, Rev. Dr. ʻAhio.
2010   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO MATAPĀ-KUO-AVA, GISBORN
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Palesiteni Mālōloó, Rev. Dr.  ʻAlifaleti M. Mone.
2011   HUUFI ʻAPI KO MONŪʻIA-HE-LOTO-HANGAMĀLIE, MANGERE
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Faifekau Pule Vahefonuá, Rev. Lopini Filise.
    FAKATAU ʻAPINOFOʻANGA FAIFEKAU, OTAHUHU
    ʻApinofoʻanga Faifekau Vahenga Otahuhu
2012   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO FAKAONGO-KIHE-ʻEIKI, WELLINGTON
    Falelotu, Fale Fakataha'anga & Fale nofo'anga Faifekau. Fakatāpui ʻe he Faifekau Pulé, Rev. Lopini Filise.
2013   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO FOAKI-MOʻUI-MEI-LANGI, MANGERE
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Faifekau Pulé, Rev. Lopini Filise.
    FAKATAU ʻAPI KO KOVINANITE TAʻENGATA, WHANGAREI
    Falelotu & Fale Fakataha'anga & 'Apiako Tokemu'a. Fakatāpui ʻe he Faifekau Pulé, Rev. Lopini Filise.
2014   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO MONŪʻIA HE ʻOFA, HAMILTON
    ʻApinofoʻanga Faifekau Vahenga Hamilton. Fakatāpui ʻe he Faifekau Pulé Rev. Lopini Filise
    FOKOTUʻU (GROUNDBREAKING) FALE KO LESIELI TONGA AUDITORIUM, MANGERE
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Sekelitali Lahí Rev. Dr. Tevita Koloaʻia Havea
2015   FAKATAU ʻAPI KO LAUMĀLIE MĀʻONIʻONI, CHRISTCHURCH
    Fakatāpui ʻe he Faifekau Pulé Rev. Lopini Filise. Ko e ʻapi kelekele ʻi Christchurch.
2016   HUUFI FALE KO LESIELI TONGA AUDITORIUM, MANGERE
    Huufi ʻe he ʻEne ʻAfió Tupou VI pea Fakatāpui ʻe he ʻEiki Palesitení Rev. Dr. ʻAhio
    FAKATAU ʻAPI KO 'AMANAKI TOMU'A HAVEA, PALMERSTON NORTH
    Falelotu & Fale Fakataha'anga. Fakatāpui ʻe he Faifekau Pulé Rev. Lopini Filise
2017   VAHEFONUA KAKATO KI TONGA
    Fakamoʻoni 'a e Konifelenisí mo e Vahefonua Niu Silá ʻi he Memorandum of Understanding

Kau Unga Ngāué

  • 1. Ke ke fai manava-kavakava. ‘Oua na‘a ke nofo noa ‘i ha taimi. ‘Oua na‘a ke ngāue ta‘e ‘aonga. ‘Oua na‘a ke maumau‘i ha taimi, pe te ke li‘aki ia ‘i ho‘o nofo noa pē ‘i ha potu.
  • 2. Ke ke mo‘ui fakama‘uma‘u. Ke ke kaveinga‘aki ‘a e mā‘oni‘oni ki he ‘Eikí. Faka‘ehi‘ehi koe mei he fakavā ta‘e ‘aongá mo e ngaahi lea ta‘e taaú
  • 3. Ke si‘i ho‘o fa‘a talanoa mo e kakai fefiné, kae ‘uma‘ā mo e kau finemuí ‘a e kau faifekau tangatá, pea ki he kau faifekau fefiné ke si‘i ho‘o fa‘a talanoa mo e kakai tangatá, kae ‘uma‘ā mo e kau talavoú.
  • 4. ‘O ka hokosia ha‘o teu mali, fai mo lotu ki he ‘Eikí, pea fakahā ki he Kau Faifekaú, he ko e me‘a ia ke fai tokanga pea fakakaukau‘i ‘i he loto ‘apasia ki he ‘Otuá.
  • 5. ‘Oua na‘a ke mahalo kovi ki ha taha kae ‘oua ke hā mo‘oni mai hono fakamo‘oní. Vakai ke ‘oua na‘a ke tui ngofua ki ai. Ke ke feinga ke ke mahalo lelei ki he me‘a kotoa pē. Ke ke ‘ilo ‘oku tau pehē, ‘oku kau tokua ‘a e fakamaaú kiate ia ‘oku faingata‘a‘iá.
  • 6. ‘Oua na‘a ke lau‘ikovi‘i ha taha: ‘o ka ke ka fai pehē, ‘e keina koe ‘e ho‘o leá ‘o hangē ko ha kainiloto: fakama‘uma‘u ‘i ho lotó ho‘o laú kae ‘oua ke mo fe‘iloaki mo ia ‘a ia ‘oku kau ki ai ho‘o laú.
  • 7. Tala kiate kinautolu ‘a e me‘a ‘oku ‘iate koe ‘oku nau faihala aí kae fai pē ‘i he ‘ofa pea fai ‘i he totonu pea fai ke vave telia na‘a nofo ia ‘o fakakovi‘i ho loto ‘o‘oú. Fai ke vave ke li‘aki ‘a e fai mei he lotó.
  • 8. ‘Oua na‘a ke fie‘eiki. Ko ia ‘oku malanga‘aki ‘a e Kosipelí ko e tamaio‘eiki ia ki he kakai kotoa pē.
  • 9. ‘Oua na‘a ke mā ‘i ha me‘a, ka ko e angahalá pē. ‘Oku ‘ikai ha kovi ‘i ha ngāue ‘e taha, pe ko e tā fefie, pe ko e ‘utu vai ‘o ka fai mo e loto lelei.
  • 10. Fai ‘a e ngaahi me‘a ‘i hono taimi totonu. Tokanga ki he fai‘anga ‘o e me‘a kotoa pē. Pea ‘oua na‘a ke feinga ke fakatonutonu ‘etau ngaahi tu‘utu‘uní kae fai mo‘oni ki ai ke ‘ata‘atā ho konisēnisí.
  • 11. Ko ho‘o ngāue totonú ke fakamo‘ui ‘a e ngaahi laumālie ‘o e kakaí, ko ia ke ke nima mo e va‘e pea fai fiefia. ‘Alu kiate kinautolu ‘oku masiva fakalaumālié kae fuofua fai kiate kinautolu ‘oku masiva tahá.
  • 12. ‘Oua na‘a ke fai ha me‘a ‘o hangē ko ho loto ‘o‘ou kae fai ‘a e me‘a kotoa pē ke ngali ko e foha koe ‘o e Kosipelí, pea fai fakataha mo ho kaungā lotú. Kapau ko e foha koe, pea tā ‘oku ngali ke ke ngāue‘aki ho taimí ‘o fakatatau mo e ngaahi me‘a kuo tu‘utu‘uní: ‘io, ‘i ho‘o fa‘a malanga mo e ‘a‘ahi ki he kakaí, pea mo e fa‘a lautohi mo e fakalaulauloto pea mo e fa‘a lotu.

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Grace is the “the free and unmerited act of God through which we, the fallen creatures are restored to God’s original favour” -- John Wesley.