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Photo: Hon Mapu Tutai TAIAHon. Mapu Tangatatutai TAIA, OBE

  • Member for Mauke Island
    Southern Cook Islands
    Member of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY
    DOB:   28th April 1939
    POB:    Mauke, Cook Islands

Parliamentary Services:

First elected as a Member of Parliament in the General Election of 1999.  And re-elected at the General Election of 2004 and on 26th September 2006, Snap-General Election.  Appointed Deputy-Speaker 1999-2005 and Speaker of Parliament on 13th December 2006.

Ministerial Appointments:

No Ministerial appointments.

Committee Service:

No Committee appointments.

Service Information:

Visits, Conferences and Delegations:

Community Services:

Church: Hon. Taia is a strong Cook Islands Christian Church member and serves as a Deacon of the Oiretumu CICC church on Mauke since 1986.
Culture: Hon. Taia is a well known and respected "Tumu Korero" (historian & orator of Mauke); He holds the traditional title - 'Kakemaunga Mataiapo'

A strong supporter of all community activities of Mauke whether it be culture, church, sports or youth related.


Attended Mauke Primary School and continued post-primary schooling in Rarotonga at Avarua School and Nikao Maori School. Continued secondary school at Tereora College and in 1956 began teachers traininga at Nikao Teachers Trainning College.

Qualifications: Cook Islands Teachers Diploma 1958; Certificate in Small Business, USP 1990. Partial completion of Bachelor of Education and Law, USP.


Married to Moeroa Maui (nee Low) from Aitutaki and they have eleven (11) children - 9 girls and 2 boys with 25 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.