Sir Terepai MAOATE, KBE
Member for Ngatangiia Rarotonga
Member of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DOB: 1st September 1934
POB: Rarotonga, Cook Islands
First elected as a Member of Parliament of the Cook Islands on the 30th March 1983 General Elections. Re-elected in all the General Elections since 1983 and recently on 26th September 2006, Snap Election.
No Ministerial Appointments.
1983 Member of Parliament for Ngatangiia
1983-89 Minister of Health and Agriculture
1985-89 Deputy Prime Minister
1998 Leader of the Opposition
1999 Prime Minister of the Cook Islands
2000 Leader of the Opposition
January 2003 Deputy Prime Minister
December 2004 Leader of the Opposition
August 2005 Deputy Prime Minister
2006-2009 Deputy Prime Minister
Past portfolios included: Finance & Economic Management; Health; Islands Ombudsman; Crown Law; Parliamentary Services; Financial Intelligence Unit; Financial Supervisory Commission; Public Expenditure Review Committee & Audit; Business, Trade & Investment Board; Cook Islands Pearl Authority; National Superannuation Board; Cook Islands Higher Salaries Commission; Cook Islands Remuneration Tribunal; Broadcasting (Media); House of Ariki.
Served on many Parliamentary Select Committee since entering Parliament. In 2005 Sir Terepai was on the following Select Committees:
· Special Electoral Select Committee 2005
· Special Select Committee on the Units Titles Bill 2005
For this current Parliamentary term, he is the Chairman for the Property Law Special Select Committee.
Sir Terepai Maoate, KBE has worked as a Medical Doctor for most of his professional life on a number of islands in the Cook Islands (both in the Northern and Southern groups). He is also a keen agriculturalist and active small businessman. Prior to entering politics in 1983 he served as General Surgeon for the Rarotonga Hospital and Director of Clinical Services for the Ministry of Health from 1976 to 1982.
In recognition of his services to health and the public sector, Sir Terepai was awarded the title of Knight Commander in the 2007 New Year’s honours list. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the knighthood upon Sir Terepai in May 2007 at Buckingham Palace, London.
Visits, Conferences and Delegations:
He is a traditional leader in the district of Takitumu under paramount chief Pa Ariki and holds the chiefly title, “Maoate Mataiapo.” He is a devout Christian and belongs to the largest church in the Cook Islands, the Cook Islands Christian Church.
1953 Ngatangiia Primary School, Rarotonga
1954 Graduated as a Medical Officer, Fiji Medical School, Fiji
1955 Graduated with Diploma in Obstetrics, Auckland University, NZ
1976 Graduated with MA in Public Health, Amsterdam University, Netherlands.
Sir Terepai Maoate KBE was born 1 September 1934 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. He is married to Lady Marito (nee Mapu) of Aitutaki and they have six (6) adult children; one daughter and five (5) sons. They have … grandchildren; boys and girls.