Scuffle breaks out during ‘fakakuata’ meeting in Australia

    The Fakaongo Church quarterly meeting in Sydney yesterday turned violent as a scuffle broke out between members of the church who were in the meeting.

    The clash was broken up before it turned into a brawl and police were not called in.

    The meeting was discussing the recommendation by Sydney-based Free Wesleyan Church Superintendent Rev. Dr Siotame Havea that Rev. Samiuela Taungakava become the minister of the Fakaongo.

    Kaniva News had been reliably told church members were split over the recommendation.

    The church in the Sydney suburb of Mortdale is  officially known as Siasi Fakaongo Uesiliana Tauataina o Tonga Inc.

    Those opposing the recommendation said they were abiding by the church guidelines which say the Fakaongo Church in Australia is accountable to the President and General Secretary of the Free Wesleyan Church in Tonga and not the Tongan superintendent in Sydney appointed by the Tongan conference.

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    The person who spoke to us on condition of anonymity described the incident as “ta’efakalotu” (unreligious).

    He said the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga should do something to stop such incidents in future.

    He said all churches in Australia who were under the head office in Tonga were accountable to the superintendent assigned by the Tongan conference to work at its Sydney based office.

    However, the Fakaongo Church was different because it was not accountable to the Tongan superintendent in Sydney.

    Attempts to contact the Fakaongo church authorities and the Tongan superintendent in Australia were unsuccessful. The Secretary General in Tonga had yet to respond to our request for comment at the time this story was written.

    However, some other church officials and members in Sydney we talked to last night who asked not to be named have confirmed the incident took place.

    The Fakaongo Church was established after Tongan members of the Parish Tonga, which is under the Uniting Church of Australia, broke away under the leadership of Tongan FWC minister Uesili Tu’akoi.

    We understand the Free Wesleyan Church in Sydney remains split after the arrival of Dr Soatame Havea in August last year.

    Dr Havea was appointed by the FWC’s 92nd conference in Tonga last year to take over from Rev. Matafonua Fotofili after he was found guilty of misconduct for his role in the collapse of the Pulela’a church.

    Rev. Fotofili, the former Tongan Superintendent of the FWC in Sydney, accused Dr Havea of starting a new church. Dr Havea  and some of his followers insisted they were the rightful Free Wesleyan Church in Sydney.

    The main points

    • The Fakaongo Church quarterly meeting in Sydney yesterday turned violent as a scuffle broke out between members of the church who were in the meeting.
    • The clash was broken up before it turned into a brawl and police were not called in.
    • The meeting was discussing the recommendation by Sydney-based Free Wesleyan Church Superintendent Rev. Dr Siotame Havea that of Rev. Samiuela Taungakava become the minister of the Fakaongo.
    • Kaniva News had been reliably told church members were split over the recommendation.

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    1. Fepukepukei ha fakataha fakakuata ‘i ‘Aositelēlia

      Ne iku kovi ʻaneafi e fakataha fakakuata ʻa e Siasi Fakaongó ʻi Seneé hili ia ha taututuʻu ʻa e kau mēmipa ne nau ʻi he fakatahá.

      Ne lava pe ʻo pukepuke e fekoloʻakí ni ki muʻa ʻoku teʻeki fai ha feaʻutaki pea ne ʻikai foki ha fetuʻutaki ki he kau polisí.

      Naʻe lolotonga aleaʻi ʻi he fakatahá ni ha fokotuʻu atu mei he Faifekau Pule ʻo e Siasi Uēsiliana Tauʻatāina ʻo Tonga ʻi Seneé Dr Soatame Havea ke hoko ʻa Faifekau Sāmiu Taungākava ko e faifekau ia ʻa e Fakaongó.

      Ne fakahā ʻe ha fakamatala falalaʻanga ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá naʻe mavaeua ʻa e kau mēmipa e siasí ʻi he fokotuʻu ko ʻení.

      Ko kinautolu ne nau fakafepakiʻi ʻa e fokotuʻú ni ne nau piki kinautolu ki he tākiekina ʻa e siasí ʻa ia ʻoku pehē ko e Fakaongó ʻe fakaongoongo pe ia ki Tonga ki he Palesitení mo e Sekelitalí ki haʻanau faifekau ʻe ʻomai mei ai ka ʻoku ʻikai ko ha tuʻutuʻuni mei he faifekau pule ʻi Seneé he ʻoku ʻikai fakaongoongo ʻa e Fakaongó ia kiate ia.

      Ne pehē ʻe he tokotaha ne mau fetuʻutaki he meʻa ko ʻeni ne hokó ka ne ʻikai loto ke fakahā ʻa hono hingoá ko e tōʻonga “taʻe fakalotu” eni ne hoko he siasí ʻaneafí.

      Ne ne pehē kuo taimi ke fai ʻe he Siasi Uēsiliana ʻi Tongá ha meʻa ke taʻofi ʻa e meʻá ko ʻení mei haʻane toe hoko ʻi he kahaʻú.

      Ne ne pehē ko e ngaahi siasi kotoa ʻi ʻAositelēlia ʻoku nau fakaongoongo ki he Siasi ʻi Tongá ʻoku nau fakaongongo foki ki he tataki ʻa e faifekau pule ʻoku vaheʻi mai ʻe he konifelenisí ki Seneé .

      Neongo iá ʻoku kehe ʻa e Fakaongó ia he ʻoku fakaongoongo ia ki Tonga kae ʻikai fakaongoongo ia ki he faifekau pule ʻoku vaheʻi mai ki Seneé.

      Ko e siasi foki ʻeni ʻoku ʻiloa ko e Siasi Fakaongo Uesiliana Tauataina o Tonga Inc ʻi ʻAositelēliá.

      Ne ʻikai ha ola ʻemau feinga ke fetuʻutaki mo e kau maʻu mafai ʻo e siasi Fakaongó ʻi ʻAositelēliá pehē ki he faifekau pule ʻi Seneé, Dr Soatame Havea.

      Ne teʻeki foki ha tali mai ʻemau fetuʻutaki ki he Sekelitali Lahi ʻa e siasí Dr Tevita Havea ʻi he taimi ne faʻu ai ʻa e fakamatalá ni.

      Neongo iá ne lava pe ʻo mau fetuʻutaki mo ha kau taki muʻa he fungavaka ʻo e Uēsilianá ʻi Senē pehē ki ha kāinga lotu ai ʻo nau fakapapauʻi mai ko e moʻoni e meʻa ko ʻeni ne hokó.

      Ko e Fakaongó foki ne fokotuʻu ia ʻe ha kau mēmipa lotu Uēsiliana ne nau mavahe mai ʻi he tataki ʻa Faifekau Uesilī Tuʻakoi mei he Parish Tongá ʻa ia ʻoku fakamalumalu ʻi he Uniting Church of Australia.

      ʻOku mahino foki kiate kimautolu ʻoku kei mavaeua pe ʻa e Siasi Uēsiliana ʻi Seneé hili e tūʻuta atu ʻa Faifekau Soatame Havea ʻi ʻAokosi taʻu kuo ʻosí.

      Ne fokotuʻu atu foki ʻa Dr Havea ʻe he konifelenisi hono 92 mei Tonga he taʻu kuo ʻosí ke ne fetongi ʻa Faifekau Matafonua Fotofili hili ia ʻene halaia ki he ʻulungāanga taʻetaau ʻi hono fatongia ne tuʻunga ai e mole ko ia ʻa e Siasi Pulelaʻá.

      Ne tukuakiʻi ʻe Fotofili ʻa Dr Havea ʻoku ʻalu ange ia ke fokotuʻu siasi foʻou. Naʻe kikihi ʻa Dr Havea mo hono kau muimui ko kinautolu ia ʻa e Siasi Uēsiliana totonu ʻi Seneé.

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