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Mauke (Ma'uke also Akatokamanava) is an island of the Cook Islands archipelago, lying in the central-southern Pacific Ocean.[1] Its geography is characterised by a central volcanic plateau, deep caves and lakes, as well as jagged fossilised coral which extends 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) inland. The volcanic soil in the island's center are relatively fertile, so it is called "The Garden of the Islands". [2]

Mauke has a population of 300.[1]

It is subdivided into four traditional districts. Vaimutu and Makatea are not further subdivided and correspond to one tapere each. Ngatiarua and Areora districts are subdivided into 6 and 3 tapere, respectively, totalling 11 tapere for the whole island: [3][4]

  • Ngatiarua District (north, subdivided into 6 tapere)
  • Vaimutu District (east, corresponds to 1 tapere)
  • Areora District (south, subdivided into 3 tapere)
  • Makatea District (west, corresponds to 1 tapere)


  1. ^ a b "Mauke: Garden of the Islands". Cook Islands. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Emotional 'homecoming'". Gisborne Herald. 2018-04-01. Retrieved 2019-07-19. The volcanic origin means that the soil is rich and this is justifiably called the garden of the islands.
  3. ^ "The Island of Mauke Map". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Mauke at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 20°09′30″S 157°20′30″W / 20.1583°S 157.3417°W / -20.1583; -157.3417