Failed promise: Top church leader probed into Pulela‘ā’s scandal

A church leader declared that his Tongan Church in Sydney has bought back its Aus$10 million property that was liquidated and sold, but this has proved incorrect.

The Rev Sione Pinomi has told his Free Wesleyan Church followers they have repurchased their Pulelaʻā Church property and they would return to it today Sunday 29 in their Faka-Sepitema ceremony.

The 166 Glendenning Road property in question,  was sold to the Sant Nirankari Mission (SNM) following the collapse of a disastrous venture masterminded by Rev Pinomi, leaving the church owing Westpac and a local loan company Aus$21 million.

The public officer for the new owner of the property, Mr Ajay Kataria told Kaniva News they did not know anything about the repurchasing of Pulela’a.

“I have a meeting with the Wesleyan Church Secretary General, Tevita Havea regarding that and I advised him we have no intention of selling the Pulela’a,” Mr Kataria said.

“We are using it for our religious service and there was no intention of reselling it,” he added and reiterated.

Kaniva News could not be able to obtain a comment from the Pulelaʻā leaders.

Today the Reverend Pinomi told his church followers a different story.  One of the church community pastors Rev Semisi Kava, quoted Rev Pinomi,  who according to Rev Kava, told  his followers – they almost have the purchase completed…the lawyers are still working on it (translated from Tongan).

The church’s Faka-Sepitema ceremony was today  held at the Newington College and not Pulela’a as promised by Reverend Pinomi, said Rev Kava.

The FWC Secretary General, Rev Dr Havea early this month held an inquiry into what is developing as the Pulelaʻā’s scandals.

The Reverend Kava was one of the co-ordinators of  the scandal inquiry. He said the inquiry team led by Dr Havea met with SNM leaders. The SNM leaders confirmed to the meeting they had no intention of reselling Pulelaʻā since they purchased it from the Wespac.

The Rev Kava said Dr Havea also questioned the breakaway church members at Eastwood about why they left the Pulelaʻā church community.

The responses included saying they are fed up with receiving misleading information given to them by Rev Pinomi and Rev Matafonua.

A report was sent to the Free Wesleyan Church’s head office in Tonga following the scandal inquiry and Rev Kava said it would seal the fate of the Pulelaʻā leaders.

Early this month, the Rev Sione Pinomi was also  accused of issuing three fraudulent cheques worth Aus$140,000 as donations to fundraising dinners for the Tokaikolo Church in Sydney.

The cheques increased the amount of money raised on the night to Aus$170,000.

All the cheques had bounced however and the Tokaikolo leader in Sydney, Rev ‘Otuhiva Mapapalangi went  public and  warned the Tongan communities to be wary of Rev Pinomi’s actions.

In the midst of the financial struggle church members encountered when trying to protect Pulelaʻā  from being liquidated  initially, Rev Pinomi told them he hoped a trust fund registered in the Cayman Islands, would donate Aus$10 million, documents said.

On another occasion the members celebrated after Rev Pinomi told them their debts had been paid off by the Trust.

In January 2012 however, the church went into voluntary administration and later into receivership.

The disgruntled members of the Tongan Free Wesleyan community are determined to find new church communities after the loss of Pulelaa.

Source: Ko e fakamatala tonu ʻeni ʻa Faifekau Semisi Kava pea kuo ʻosi tuku atu foki ʻi he ngaluope. “He’ikai hola ‘ae Siasi mei he mo’oni” “...He’ikai hola ‘ae Siasi mei he mo’oni...” Koe taha ia ‘ae ngaahi lea na’e fakahoko ‘e he tangata’eiki Sekelitali lahi ‘ae Siasi he’ene ki’i ‘a’ahi mai ki Siteni ni. ‘Oku ou fakatulou atu moe kau matalafo he paenga ‘eiki ni kau lafo lalo atu heni ha ki’i kukukuku ko ha ki’i fiema’uma’u pe ki he kaveinga fuoloa taha hono talanga’i ‘oku ‘ikai ‘i fale ni pe ka ki he ngaahi ma’u’anga fakamatala kehe ‘o tatau pe ‘i he lea moe ‘ataa. Pea koe’uhii ko hoku lakanga koe motu’a faifatongia au ‘ae Siasi Uesiliana Tau’ataina ‘o Tonga ‘oku ou ‘ataa ai keu talanoa atu he kaveinga ni. Koe’uhii kuo hoko ‘ae issue ‘oe mole ‘a hotau ‘api Fakasiasi mo Fakavahefonua ko “Pulela’a” ko ha kaveinga lahi ia ‘oku ne fakalotohoha’asi ‘ae kainga lotu sutt ‘i muli ni pea moe tapa kotoa pe. Kuo hoko foki ‘ae tolonga ‘ae issue ni ke ne fakatolonga’i ai pe ‘ae tupu ‘afa’afaa ‘ae felaulauhi... fetu’usi pea moe taaufehi’a ‘i he vaha’a koe kainga lotu ‘iate kinautolu pe moe kakai kehe foki...Kuo hoko foki ‘ae kei tolonga ‘ae kaveinga ni ko ha me’a ke matuku ai ‘ae ngaahi fai’anga lotu na’a nau faaitaha mai he ta’u lahi. Kuo hoko ke fefaingata’ia’aki moe ngaahi kupu fekau’aki fakangaue ‘ae Siasi ‘o tatau pe ‘i Tonga mo Muli ni. Ki he Sekelitali lahi kuo fu’u fuoloa hono toho ‘e he Tevolo ‘ae Siasi ki he fakapo’uli ke faka’auha ai....He’ikai hola ‘ae Siasi mei he mo’oni...” Koe fakataha na’e fakahoko Talu hono talanga’i mo hono toutou ofongi ‘ae kaveinga ko ‘eku toki ma’u ‘eni ha ngofua kakato mei he Sekelitali lahi ‘ae Siasi Uesiliana Tau’ataina ‘o Tonga Rev. Dr. Tevita Kolo’ia Havea keu fakama’ala’ala atu ‘ae ongoongo fakamuimui taha mo’oni pea mo pau taha ki hono kau memipa moe kakai kotoa pe. ‘I ha faingamalie na’e lava mai ai ‘ae Sekelitali lahi ‘ae Siasi ‘i ha fakataha fakangaue fakapule’anga na’a ne fiema’u ai ke kole ha’ane faingamalie fakataha moe kainga lotu totonu ko ‘ena ‘oku nau lolotonga ma’u fakalao ‘ae ‘api ni pea na’aku fakakakato. Na’a ‘osi fai pe ‘e he tangata’eiki hono poaki’i ‘ae fakataha ni ki he Palesiteni pea moe Faifekau pule ‘oe vahefonua ni. ‘I he ‘uhinga ko ia na’e fiema’u leva ai ke nau kau fakataha ‘ae loea ‘ae siasi, Matafonua pea mo Sione Pinomi fakataha ia moe timi fakataha ‘ae kau India pea moe sekelitali lahi foki. Koe fetohi’aki ni na’e ‘osi cc pe ia ki he ‘Eiki Palesiteni ‘oe Siasi hangee ko hono fakaha tohi ‘e he Sekelitali lahi pea ne endorsed foki kinaua ke na faingamalie mai ki he fakataha mahu’inga ni pea ‘oku ma’u foki mo hono tatau ‘oe ngaahi fetohi’aki ni. Na’e ‘osi send foki ‘e Sekelitali ha tatau ‘oe ongo tohi ni kia Sione Pinomi mo Matafonua pea moe Loea foki. Koe’uhii koe matu’aki fiema’u mo mahu’inga ‘ae fo’i fakataha ni ko ia na’e toe fiema’u pe au keu lele atu ‘o tufa ‘ae hard copy ‘oe tohi ni ki he nima pe ‘o Sione pea moe Pule. Na’a ku hangatonu pe ‘o ‘ave ki hono nima ‘ae tohi pea ma ma’u faingamalie ai pe ke ma talanoa mo Sione pea ‘osi peau fai ‘ema lotu peau toki foki mai. Na’e fai mai foki ‘e he Loea ha’ane fale’i ‘a e Sekelitali lahi ke “ta’ofi ‘ae fakataha ni he te ne maumau’i ‘ae ngaahi fealealea’aki he ta’u ‘e tolu kuo hili ki hono fakatau fakafoki mai ‘o Pulela’a. Na’e ‘ikai tali ‘e he Sekelitali ‘ae fale’i ‘ae loea ni pea na’a ne talaange kuopau ke fakahoko ‘ae fakataha ni ‘i hono lakanga koe malu’i ‘ae Siasi. Koe me’a malie foki ia hono ‘ekeange ‘e he Sekelitali pe na’e ‘i ai ha’anau alea fakatau mo ha loea pe kautaha pe ko ha taha pe mei he’emau tafa’aki....pea pehee mai ‘e he Public officer “..Absolutely not!...no one officially approach us...”. Ka koe ha koaa ‘ae alea ta’u tolu ko ‘eni ‘oku kei talaki? Koe alea mo hai? Pea ‘oku ou kei fakamo’oni ki he lea ‘ae tangata’eiki sekelitali ni “..he’ikai hola ‘ae siasi ia mei he mo’oni...” Koe ‘uluaki fakataha na’e fai he ‘aho Sapate 15-09- taimi 11:30 am ( ko au pe ia moe ni’ihi ‘oe kau tonga moe timi fakataha tatau pe ‘ae kaingalotu ni...pea mo hono fakapapau’i ai pe ‘ae faingamalie fakataha moe sekelitali he Tusite pea na’e fai pe ia ki Pulela’a) Tusite 17/09 he taimi 7:00 pm koe’uhii ko hono toki taimi tau mai ai ki heni. Koe timi fakataha ‘ae kainga lotu Sant Nirankari Mission – Sydney. Koe tangata’eiki Palesiteni ko Rev. Rev. Chanbir Singh ([email protected]), Rev. Shashi Grover (Vice President SNM Australia; Rev. Vinod Ahluwalia (Secretary/Treasurer - SNM Australia) pea mo ‘enau Public Officer moe Loea Rev. Ajay Kataria ([email protected]). Na’a ku kau fakataha atu leva ki he fakataha ‘ae tangata’eiki sekelitali pea mo Dr. Raymond Taufu’i, Sione Ha’unga, Tau Sailosi, Siosifa Finau moe ni’ihi kehe pe pea kau finematu’a pe na’a nau ma’u lotu mo fuakavenga ‘i Pulela’a. Na’e hili hono fakataukei kimautolu mo ia ‘e he tangata’eiki sekelitali lahi pea na’a ne fai ai ha ngaahi tefito’i fehu’i lalahi pe ‘e 5. Ke nau fakapapau’i mai ko kinautolu ‘oku nau ma’u fakalao ‘ae ‘api ni? ..tali ki ai “absolutely yes!.. Na’e ‘i ai nai ha’anau fakakaukau ke fakatau atu ‘ae ‘api ni hangee ko ia kuo talaki mai? ...tali “absolutely not...There is no intention to sell this property!..” ‘Oku toe ‘i ai nai ha toe faingamalie fakalao he fa’ahinga ‘uhinga pe (..any ground) ke toe lava ke fakatau’aki mai ‘ae ‘api ni?...tali”..absolutely not!...we brought this property from the Wespac (owner) but not from your Church....! Koe konga konga iiki ia ‘oe fepotalanoa’aki ‘ae Sekelitali moe timi fakataha ‘ae kainga lotu ni. Pea koe fakataha ni na’e fai pe ia ki he loki ‘i mu’a na’e office fuoloa ai ‘a Pulela’a. Na’e hili ‘ae fakamalo ‘a e Sekelitali lahi pea na’a ne poaki’i ai pe ha’amau ngofua ke mau hu ki loto falelotu. Koe momeniti na’e kehe hono ongo he na’e fakafoa pea to moe ngaahi lo’imata he koe kakava na’e tafe heni ka kuo hoko ia koe laukau’anga ‘o ha kakai kehe mo muli foki. ‘Oku mahino pe ‘enau fakalelei lahi ki he’enau ngaahi fiema’u ‘i loto falelotu. ‘Oku ou ma’u kakato ‘ae ngaahi fakataha ni ‘i he ‘ata pea moe lea foki. Pea ‘oku ou lolotonga feinga hano upload hake ki he’eku peesi pea moe fale ni foki. Fekau’aki pea mo hono tukuaki’i au ki he fokotu’u siasi. Na’e hili ‘ae fakataha moe kau India pea na’a mau lava atu ai pe ki Eastwood ke fakataha ai moe kainga lotu sutt ne nau mavahe mai. Na’e fai ai ‘e he sekelitali hano fakafehu’i hangatonu ki he kaka ni pea koehaa ‘ae mo’oni ‘oe lipooti na’e faiange ‘e he Pule ‘o fekau’aki pea moe tupu’anga ‘oe movetevete heni koe fokotu’u siasi ‘ae Faifekau ako ko Semisi Kava. Na’e fakahaa’i lelei ai pe mo mahino ‘e he kainga lotu ‘ae ‘uhinga tefito ‘enau mavahe koe “ta’e fiemalie ki he hulu tu’a hono lohiaki’i kinautolu ‘e he kau taki...Pea na’e ‘ikai ‘aupito ha kaunga ‘e taha ‘ae Faifekau ni ki he’enau mavahe mai. Ko ‘enau kole pe au keu tauhi fakalaumalie kinautolu. Pea ko hono mo’oni pe ia. He na’e kole au ‘e he vahefonua ‘i he mafai ‘oe konifelenisi keu tokoniange ki hono tauhi fakalaumalie ‘ae kainga lotu ‘e 4 heni he ta’u ‘e 3 moe konga lolotonga ia ‘oku kei ‘efi’efi pe mo ki’i okokoko na’e fai. Pea ‘i he ta’u ni neu talangofua kakato ia ki he Pule pea moe konifelenisi keu foki aa ki he ako ‘ata’ataa pe...kae tukuange mai aa ‘ae ngaahi siasi ke ne tauhi pe. Pea na’a ku fai ai pe ‘eku fakamalo. Ka ‘i he kimu’a ‘i he me’a ni ne fuoloa kaliu pe ‘ae mavahe ‘ae kainga lotu ‘e 2 pera toki ha’u moe taha ki mui mai pea ‘oku ‘alu pe ‘ae ‘aho moe tanaki mai ‘ae kakai. Ko hono mahu’inga pe ke pukepuke kinautolu ki he lotu kae ‘ikai ko ha me’a kehe. Kaekehe pea fai ai pe ‘e he sekelitali lahi ‘ene ngaahi fakamaama moe tokoni fakatauhi kakai ki he kainga ni he lolotonga pea moe kaha’u foki. ‘Oku ou fai ‘ae tohi ni ‘i he laumalie lelei pea mo totonu foki. Na’e ‘ikai keu longo pe ka na’aku fai pe hoku fatongia lea moe Fakatokanga pe ‘i he’emau ngaahi fakataha’anga ki ha me’a me’a ke ne fakasi’isi’i ai ha ala hoko atu ‘ae maumau ni. Pea ‘oku ‘ilo lelei pe ki heni ‘ae Pule pea mo Sione pe. Na’e pavaki mai pe hono tapuni ‘oe ‘api ni pea ko au pe na’aku Tukituki atu ki he matapa ‘o Sione ke fai ‘ema lotu moe fakaloto lahi. ‘I he mavahe pe ‘ae ngaahi Siasi na’a ku ‘alu ‘o lea hangatonu kia Sione pea mo fai ai pe ‘ema lotu. Na’a ku toe lava atu ai pe ke fai ‘ema lotu he po monite pea toki fai ‘ae fakataha ni. Ko ‘eku feinga ia ke fakahaa’i ki hoku tokoua fakangaue ni koe ngaue ia...he’ikai hoko ha’ate tonounou ke te taau fehi’a ai ki ha taha. ‘Oku ou fakamalo lahi foki heni ki he tangata’eiki Sekelitali lahi ‘i hono ki’i taimi na’a ne ‘i heni pea neongo ‘ene si’i ka koe si’i ‘a ma’anga ika maka. He ‘oku ne alasi ai ‘ae tefito mo’oni na’e tatanu he funga ‘oe ‘afungi fakangaue. ‘Oku ou ‘ofa lahi ki he ongo Faifekau pea ‘oku ou tui ‘oku ‘ikai ke mole ‘ae laumalie ‘oe fakatautehina ‘i ha’atau taki taha vakili ki he mo’oni kapau ko ha me’a ia ke faka’a’asili lelei ai ‘ae ngaue ‘ae ‘Eiki. Pehee foki ‘ae si’i kainga ongosia ‘a hotau ‘api na’e ‘iloa ko Pulela’a. ‘Oku ou fai atu ‘ae ki’i ongoongo ni moe loto ‘apasia moe ongo’i ‘ofa mo’oni. ‘I he tokoni’i au ‘e he ‘Eiki ‘oku ou fai atu ‘ae tohi ni. Kau toe 'ai atu "He'ikai hola 'ae siasi mei he mo'oni" ‘Oku ou ‘ofa lahi atu moe hufia

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