Mayor faces inquiry, as well as five electoral challengers

Friday 26 June 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Outer Islands


The mayor of the country’s resort island Aitutaki faces an official probe into his affairs.

Aitutaki mayor Tekura Po‘o Bishop says he knew nothing of a complaint filed against him to Office of the Public Expenditure Review Committee and Audit – until an inquiry was announced in Parliament.

Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown told the House that the Audit Office had received a complaint into the affairs of the mayor and the Aitutaki island council.

This investigation was yet to begin, Brown said.

Bishop said he wasn’t aware of any such complaint and he had not been contacted by the Audit Office about any investigation involving him.

He has been busy preparing to vie for his second term in the Island government in the upcoming elections.

Bishop faces the best contested challenge in living memory, with five other people trying to oust him.

Bishop will be up against Ngapare Tatira, Tai Herman, George Upu, Bill Paiti and Panapa Samuel, challenging for the mayoralty.

All the Pa Enua island elections have been postponed, because people were having difficulty returning to the islands during the travel restrictions.

The elections were scheduled for March 19; a new date is yet to be determined.