Mrs ‘Amelia Fakahikuo’uiha Liliu’okalani Fonua-Helu has been appointed the new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Finland to the Kingdom of Tonga.
A ceremony this afternoon at the Prime Minister of Tonga’s office , St George Building, The Hon. Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa presented the Letter of Exequatur on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga to Honorary Consul Mrs ‘Amelia Fonua-Helu granting authorisation to exercise honorary functions, conduct official duties and to access provisional benefits stipulated in the 1963 Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.
Honorary Consul Mrs ‘Amelia Fonua-Helu is currently a businesswoman whom owns with her spouse various businesses for more than ten (10) years, including, JH Electrical Contractor & Supplies, JH Mortuary Freezer Hire, JH Heavy Machinery Hire Pool; AJ Fabric Store, and a Finance company.
The Honorary Consul Mrs ‘Amelia Fonua-Helu graduated from The University of Auckland in New Zealand with a Master of Arts degree in Literature plus various graduate qualifications from the Australian National University of Canberra, Australia. Mrs Helu also holds a Diploma qualification in Spanish Language from The University Complutense of Madrid in Madrid, Spain.
She previously worked for the Government of Tonga as a Senior Officer at the Tonga Ministry of Foreign Affairs , including overseas posting as a Diplomat of the Kingdom of Tonga to The People’s Republic of China in Beijing.
Mrs ‘Amelia Fonua-Helu was one of the first Justice’s of the Peace appointed in the Kingdom of Tonga in 2014 and still carries this official duty to date.
Present at the occasion were senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Honorary Consul was accompanied by her spouse, Mr Sosaiah Soyuz Helu, CEO of JH Electrical businesses so as her twin son.
Installing of the Honorary Consul and officiating of Finnish Consulate office is confirmed to take place in December 2019 upon official visit of The Ambassador of Finland to Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.