New Mitiaro mayor wants to start with ‘a clean slate’

Friday September 11, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Mayor of Mitiaro Makara Murare pictured with his wife Maora, was officially presented with his warrant on Tuesday. Photo: CHRISTOPHER STORY. 20091001 Mayor of Mitiaro Makara Murare pictured with his wife Maora, was officially presented with his warrant on Tuesday. Photo: CHRISTOPHER STORY. 20091001

Newly-elected Mayor of Mitiaro, Makara Murare is keen to get going with doing his job and is eager for the administrative office to be audited.

“There is a lot of work to be done, like the planning, budget, operatives and services and I am still looking at the audit to be done. As I have said before, I want to start with a clean slate,” he said.

As mayor he oversees the Island Administration. Working with the Ministry of Health is also one of his responsibilities.

The Mitiaro Island council members’ inauguration and receiving of warrants was held on Tuesday, September 8.

The day began with a few light showers, but when the ceremony took place the sun appeared, which was regarded as a blessing.

Other warrants presented on the day were: deputy mayor Tokai Ngaiorae, a council member for Tapere Atai will oversee agriculture, the harbour and other posts; Tunoa Murare the council member for Tapere Takaue will take on the education portfolio and other areas; council member for Mangarei, Maara Kimiora takes on Ministry of Energy and council member of Auta, Mr Tuavai takes on responsibility for island beautification, police and extra matters.

Murare won the seat in the July island government elections with 57 votes, beating the former mayor Tuainepatira Ngametua by 14 votes.

On Tuesday Mitiaro also marked World Literacy Day – it was a special time for Mitiaro’s Tematangarengare School students to know and learn about the leaders in their community and the various portfolios held by each council member.

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