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About Tonga

Tonga  is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 176 islands with a surface area of about 750 square kilometres. Nuku'alofa is the capital. Tonga became known as the Friendly Islands because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773.

Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, directly south of Western Samoa and about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. Tonga's economy is characterised by a large non-monetary sector and a heavy dependence on remittances from the half of the country's population who live abroad.

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

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.

Nuku'alofa

Nuku'alofa  is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga.  Nuku'alofa is the economic hub of the country.

Peau Vava'u, an airline, had its head office in the Pacific Royale Hotel in Nuku'alofa.

The city has markets and a central business district. Much of the central business district was destroyed during the 2006 Nuku'alofa riots, but it is being rebuilt. Nuku'alofa is the central hub for transport in Tonga.

On January 2015, a new island of about 1 km diameter was reported to be created by a volcanic eruption. The newly formed island is situated about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the capital city.

 

 


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