Free Wesleyan Church
Free Wesleyan Church is the largest Methodist denomination in Tonga. The Free Wesleyan Church also runs 30% of the schools in Tonga, and are generally considered the best out of the church-run schools.
It was founded as the Free Church of Tonga in 1885, when King George Tupou I decided that a sovereign nation, in the process of promoting its sovereignty abroad by means of bilateral treaties with Western nations, should have an independent (Wesleyan) Church.
The Current President of the Church is Reverend Dr 'Ahio and Secretary General is Reverend Dr Tevita Koloa'ia Havea. They both took their office in the Church Conference of 2009. The Church has been lead by the following Church Leaders.
Royal Palace is located in the northwest of the capital, Nuku'alofa, close to the Pacific Ocean.
Although the Palace is not open to the public, it is easily visible from the waterfront.
The wooden Palace, which was built in 1867, is the official residence of the King of Tonga.
The old, metre-high stone fence was so sacred to the king that none would dare sit on it, let alone to cross it.
However after 1990, King Tupou IV had a 3-metre high grid fence erected. After 2000, some people broke through the gates with trucks, prompting the installation of iron bars to secure the gates.