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Photo: Mr. Teina BishopSir Terepai MAOATE, KBE

  • Member for Ngatangiia Rarotonga
    Member of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY
    DOB:   1st September 1934
    POB:    Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Parliamentary Services:

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. 

Ministerial Appointments:

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.

Committee Services:

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.

Service Information:

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:

Community Services:

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.