Business woman challenges for mayor

Saturday July 04, 2020 Written by Published in Politics
Ngapare Tatira from Amuri in Aitutaki, is the only female candidate for mayor on Aitutaki. 20070245 Ngapare Tatira from Amuri in Aitutaki, is the only female candidate for mayor on Aitutaki. 20070245

Ngapare Tatira wants to encourage gender balance if she topples Tekura Po‘o Bishop as mayor of Aitutaki.

Tatira, from Amuri in Aitutaki, is the only woman in the field of six contenders. The postponed island elections will now be held on July 29.

Her mission is to “serve our people with robust and healthy values that all residents of Aitutaki succeed equally and are treated fairly with honest, impartial … governance morals.”

With five challengers for mayor, Bishop is facing unprecedented political pressure.

Ngapare’s goals include more effective and sustainable care for the environment, an improved water system, and encouraging more gender-balanced activities.

Her husband Morgan Henry Tatira is from the village of Arutanga, and they have five children and one grandson. Ngapare, 45, is the daughter of Temarama and Ani Ioane Taua.

She and her husband are directors of Aquila Rentals (Car & Bike Hire) and the company’s stores, cafés and bakery.

“I would like to wish the five male candidates the very best in this running for Mayor, God bless our beautiful Aitutaki,” said Ngapare.

A total of 56 councillors and 9 mayors are to be elected in the Island government election for the Pa Enua.

One councillor for each constituency on each island will be voted for (the constituencies included in the list of candidates, except for the islands of Penrhyn, Manihiki and Pukapuka).

For the island of Penrhyn, three councillors will be elected for Omoka and two for Tetautua (total of 5); in Manihiki three councillors will be voted for each constituency of Tauhunu and Tukao (total of 6). For Pukapuka, two councillors will be elected for each of the villages of Roto, Ngake and Yato (total of six).

For the mayoral position, two candidates for each of the islands of Pukapuka Nassau, Manihiki, Rakahanga, Mitiaro and Atiu have put their named forward in the election.

Aitutaki has six mayoral candidates, Mangaia and Mauke have four contenders, and Penryhn with three applicants.

The Government Statistician and Chief Electoral Officer Taggy Tangimetua |said, basically the number of people that registered for the upcoming elections are similar to the candidate figures of  four years ago.

Tangimetua noted the 2016 Island government election had 23 mayoral candidates and 89 Councillors with a total of 112; the 2020 election has 27 mayoral candidates and 87 councillors for a total of 114.

* A previous version of this article was edited to refer to the audit investigation into Tekura Bishop that was announced in Parliament. To be clear, there is no suggestion that Ngapare Tatira was in any way involved in the complaint about Bishop, and we apologise for that inference.

Apology to Ngapare Tatira

In a report on Ngapare Tatira running for the Aitutaki mayoralty, the article was edited to refer to the audit investigation into Tekura Bishop that was announced in Parliament. To be clear, there is no suggestion that Ngapare Tatira was in any way involved in the complaint about Bishop, and we apologise for that inference.

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