Young head of a Tonga government department dies while holidaying in New Zealand

Tributes have been paid to a promising young senior Customs officer who has died while visiting New Zealand.

Vila Mafi

The cause of her death has yet to be made public.

Vila Mafi’s family around New Zealand and Tonga have expressed their shock and sadness at her death.

It is understood, she was named the head of Information Technology of Tonga’s Ministry of Customs.

She was also promoted to the post of a senior assistant deputy chief executive before she left for New Zealand. 

Many people have taken to social media to share their condolences.

Mafi’s colleagues have expressed their sadness over the news.

“She was absolutely loved and adored. A treasured daughter and mother, she will be deeply missed”, a commenter wrote on Facebook.

“We are all struggling to comes to terms with this.”

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