Maupiti (commune)

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Maupiti
Location of the commune (in red) within the Leeward Islands. The atolls of Maupihaa (Mopelia), Manuae (Scilly), and Motu One (Bellinghausen) lie outside of the map.
Location of the commune (in red) within the Leeward Islands. The atolls of Maupihaa (Mopelia), Manuae (Scilly), and Motu One (Bellinghausen) lie outside of the map.
Coordinates: 16°27′S 152°15′W / 16.45°S 152.25°W / -16.45; -152.25Coordinates: 16°27′S 152°15′W / 16.45°S 152.25°W / -16.45; -152.25
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Government
 • Mayor Paul Ropiteau
Area 22 km2 (8 sq mi)
Population (August 2007 census)1 1,231
 • Density 56/km2 (140/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 98728 / 98732
Elevation 0–380 m (0–1,247 ft)
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Maupiti is a commune of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune is in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands.

The commune of Maupiti is made up of the island of Maupiti proper with its surrounding islets emerging from the coral reef, with an area of 13.5 km² (5.2 sq mi) in total, and of three distant atolls:

  • Maupihaa (aka Mopelia), 2.6 km² (1 sq mi) in land area, located 185 km (115 mi) south-west of Maupiti
  • Manuae (aka Scilly), 3.5 km² (1.4 sq mi) in land area, located 255 km (160 mi) west of Maupiti. This atoll is the westernmost emerged land of French Polynesia.
  • Motu One (aka Bellinghausen), 2.3 km² (0.9 sq mi) in land area, located 250 km (155 mi) north-west of Maupiti.

Almost all the inhabitants live on Maupiti island itself. The atolls of Maupihaa and Manuae have about 15 inhabitants each, while Motu One is not inhabited anymore.

The administrative centre of the commune is the settlement of Vaiea, on the island of Maupiti.

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