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HM King Tupou VI commissioned new FWC residence in Kolovai

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/12/2016)

His Majesty King Tupou VI officially commissioned the Free Wesleyan Church Minister’s residence in Kolovai last Saturday 24th December, 2016.

Built on a historic site, the new residence named Cokevenal 2.

The Cokevenal 2 was the first home of Rev John Thomas.

The event not only commissioned the residence but also commemorated the 190th anniversary of the establishment of Cokevenal 2, at a place called Ameloke, since 1826, when the land was given by Ata to Wesleyan Missionaries.

The Rev. John Thomas and Rev. John Hutchinson set up the Wesleyan mission at this home place, after arriving with their families from England in 1826.

The new home construction and landscaping is reported to have cost more than TOP$470,000 raised by the church.

The residence is measured 21.2 meters long, 15 meters wide and height is 3 meters.

The building has an office, living room, 4 bedrooms, 1 master bedroom, dining room, 2 kitchens, varrender, and garage as well as water tanks.

The construction began in May this year and the new building will be occupied by the FWC Minister in Kolovai.

The church has published a book with a short history of the location and its residences.

Queen Nanasipau’u accompanied His Majesty. Other dignitaries included the FWC President Rev.Dr.’Ahio, Secretary Rev.Dr.Tevita Havea, invited guests and members of the church.

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