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Aitutaki: ‘The people are the final court’

Friday July 31, 2020 Written by Published in Politics
Aitutaki mayor Tekura Bishop confirms there will be a celebration on the island to mark the election result.18072429 Aitutaki mayor Tekura Bishop confirms there will be a celebration on the island to mark the election result.18072429

Aitutaki mayor Tekura Po’o Bishop is ready to lead the island again after retaining the seat in the Islands Government elections on Wednesday.

Undeterred by a government probe, the island delivered Bishop 370 votes which guaranteed him a second term in the office.

The Aitutaki mayoralty was one of the hotly-contested Pa Enua elections with five others vying for the title.

But they fell short with Tai Tango Hermann managing 268 votes, Ngapare Tatira 261, George Upu 22, Bill Paiti 16 and Banaba Samuela seven votes.

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These candidates were not the only challenge facing Bishop in lead up to the elections.

Last month Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown told Parliament that the Audit Office had received a complaint into the affairs of Bishop and the Aitutaki island council.

Director of Audit Allen Parker said yesterday that they had now begun an investigation.

Parker said he could not discuss any details until they had completed their audit report and tabled it in Parliament.

Yesterday, Tekura Bishop said he didn’t know anything about any investigation against him.

But he said the results spoke for themselves, and added his priorities were to serve the people of Aitutaki and serve them well.

“Like I always say, at the end of the day its people that make the decision, it’s the biggest court,” Bishop said.

He commended the other candidates for showing interest in leading the island with their visions and goals, but said “many can run the race but one will be blessed to lead the island”.

However, Bishop said he needs their support “to drive the people of Aitutaki in one canoe”.

His immediate plan is to look for ways to deal with the Covid-19 crisis and prepare for the hosting of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity next year.

“We have to make sure we don’t get the pandemic here. We already had plans in terms of sustainability, people have already cleared the land and planted. Our island has been blessed on the land and in the water.”

Island Government preliminary results – July 2020 election

Aitutaki Mayor Tekura (Po‘o) Bishop 370
Ureia: Tangiruaine Ngaro  55; Vaipae: Teariki Tangua Kureta 91; Vaipeka: Tuangaru Bobby Bishop 26; Tupou Kamoe Kamoe 17

Councillors elected uncontested: Amuri, Tereapii Poto Williams; Arutanga, Teokotai Junior Rikiau; Reureu, Charlie Taamo; Nikaupara, Metuakore George Strickland; Tautu, Tamainetutai Tuaiti

Mangaia MayorMakitua Tutai 122; Poroaiti Arokapiti 87.
CouncillorsKaranga: Mairi Maora 23; Arumetua Ngai 16; Ivirua: Upokoongo Tairea 17, Pirimetua Uakino 20, Tavaenga: Terepai Ruatoe 36; Taokia Taokia 30; Keia: Mini Dean 35, Temu Ivaiti 20

Councillors elected uncontested: Veitate, Maire Kareroa; Tamarua, Kauvarevai Rere.

Atiu Mayor Nooroa Paratainga 131
Teenui: Maki Kapao 9, Nooapii Matai 30, Tereapii Porio 26; Mapumai: Natua Tere Tutai Mataio 24, Teremoana Windy 25; Areora: Kaukaira Henry 20, Tuainekore Samuel 59; Ngatiarua: Teura Maka Kea Jr 11, Rima Punua 7

Councillors elected uncontested: Tengatangi, Tearikiemaemarangi Teiotu.

Ma‘uke Mayor Vaine Aberahama 80
Parai: Tepaeru Metua Pratoom Samuela-Dyer 10, Ngavaine Tararo 8; Makatea: Tupuna Matemamao Moo 14, Arapo Tutai 14

Councillors elected uncontested: Avaavaroa, Ngamata Tapoki; Areora, Lucky Vainetutai; Ngatiarua, Ngarue Tuakanangaro.

Mitiaro Mayor Makara Murare 57
Atai: Tokai Ngaiorae 57, Inangaro Metua Van Dongen 42

Councillors elected uncontested: Takaue, Upokotunoa Murare; Mangarei, Maarametua Kimiora; Auta, Tuavai Taae.

Rakahanga Mayor Neti Tarau 28
Numahanga: Trainee Maea 30, Tokamokoha Tupou 23

Councillors elected uncontested: Purapoto, Tuteru Taripo, Niteiri, Kavana; Teruakiore, Tuatangi Peter Aratangi; Matara, Hagai Noa Teanini.

Manihiki Mayor Ngamata Imelda Napara 69
Tauhunu: John Eric McLeod 44, Wireless Pupuke 38, Carol Tepaano 36; Tukao: Joseph Hiro 43, Mareta Agnes Tarau 40, Trainee Samson 36

Pukapuka Mayor Levi Walewaoa 139
Ngake: Kauwi Dariu 63, Witipayi Nimeti 62; Yato: Tapaanga Mataora 38, Tinokura Tutau 34; Roto: Pero Moko Dariu 48, Teiho-Arii Terepanu Teiho-Tua 41

Penrhyn Mayor Rangitava Taia 38
Omoka: Ru Taime 35, Turoa Tuaine 35, Teheva Teanini Viniki 35; Tetautua: Matara Akatapuria 12, Papa Beer Benlenna Chris William 12

Palmerston Matauia Line Family Head Robert (Bob) Nikau Marsters; councillor Mary Taira Tom
Akakaingaro Family Head Bill Tuakana Marsters, councillor Kimiora Metuavaine Marsters.
Tepou Line Family Head Taepae Goodly Marsters, councillor Simon Marsters.