Kingdom of Tonga

Fonua-Helu is Tonga’s new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Finland

Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa presented the Honorary Consul with the Letter of Exequatur on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga.

The letter now grants Fonua-Helu the authorisation to exercise honorary functions, conduct official duties and to access provisional benefits stipulated in the 1963 Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.

She was a former Senior Officer at the Tonga Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including an overseas posting as a Diplomat of the Kingdom of Tonga to the People’s Republic of China, Beijing.

Tonga opens its first embassy in Abu Dhabi

The new headquarters is located in Etihad Towers.

Emirates News Agency reports Nusseibeh congratulated King Tupou VI on the opening of the mission.

For his part, Akauola praised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for its efforts in facilitating the embassy’s opening, affirming the importance of this step in further developing relations between the two countries.

At the centre: The pioneering Tongan leader who's inspired by netball

Sisifa Fili has always loved being at the centre of the action. On the netball court, she would grab the bib with the big ‘C’ and place herself in the centre circle, ready to make a play.

Years later, she was at the centre of the movement to create a Council of Women on the Tongan island of ‘Eua.