7 Feb 2012

Tongan church in Sydney in huge debt

11:39 am on 7 February 2012

A Tongan church in Sydney, described as a cornerstone of the Australian Tongan community, is reportedly tens of millions of dollars in debt.

But the general secretary of the Sydney church, Reverend Sione Pinomi, was unable to respond to questions citing legal reasons.

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Rooty Hill was opened three years ago by King George Tupou the 5th.

The Sydney Morning Herald says the church is now in voluntary administration and receivership.

It says most of the money is owed to Westpac Bank, and an industrial paint company which gave the church a loan.