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.
Fonua-Helu and her husband own a number of businesses, including, JH Electrical Contractor and Supplies, JH Mortuary Freezer Hire, JH Heavy Machinery Hire Pool; AJ Fabric Store, and a finance company
The installation of the Honorary Consul and the officiating of a Finnish Consulate office in Tonga will take place in December 2019, during an official visit to Tonga of the Ambassador of Finland to Tonga, according to a Press Statement from the Honorary Consulate of Finland.