New Mitiaro mayor is to audit island operations

Friday 31 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Politics


Mitiaro and Atiu both elect new mayors in the outer islands.

Makara Murare is the new mayor of Mitiaro, winning the seat with 57 votes to defeat former mayor Tuainepatira Ngametua.

Ngametua was 14 votes behind, with a total of 43.


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Murare intends to start his term with a clean slate. First and foremost, he plans to have the island’s administrative office audited.

Born and raised on Mitiaro, he was a former councillor for the island for two terms; he has four children with his wife Maora.

Murare is the president of the Mitiaro fishing club, a taunga who is passionate about the importance of saving the language, and works for the Infrastructure department.

A total of 56 councillors and 9 mayors were elected in the Island Government election for the Pa Enua on Wednesday July 29.

Atiu also elected a new mayor, Nooroa Paratainga, a well-known carver and businessman. He succeeded Upokoina Mokoroa.