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.
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.