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Manuae is under new management

Saturday June 13, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands

Groundbreaking lawyer Janet Maki has been elected to the board that manages the unpopulated island of Manaue.

Maki was the nation’s first female Solicitor General, then later the first female Ombudsman.

Landowners of the uninhabited islands of Manuae and Te Au O Tu, which lie near Aitutaki, met this week to elect a new committee to oversee the islets.

The committee is charged with protecting the island’s natural resources, promoting recreational and maintenance activities, and looking after the owners’ interests.

The new committee must be signed off by the court.

The 2020 elected committee members from the annual general meeting held at the Ruangaa Hall/Ureia in Aitutaki on Tuesday are: Atina Currie, Ioane Hosea, Itu Davey, Kati Tera Tamu (nee Toma), Mataia Karore Jnr, Ngaotoru Kamoe, Teuira Ka, Janet Maki, Nick Henry, Rima Story and Jeff Roy.

The voting eligibility criteria stated one must be a landowner or have succeeded to a landowner, and must therefore be on the Manuae and Te Au O-Tu Registry of titles or have an official document with seal stating your succession,

The proxy votes are for landowners overseas or for those who were unable to attend the meeting; a power of attorney allows one to vote on behalf of the person who have entrusted their affairs to you – current documents were required.