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NASA aerial picture of Maupiti
|Area||11 km2 (4.2 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||380 m (1,250 ft)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Pop. density||109 /km2 (282 /sq mi)|
Maupiti is a small coral atoll with a volcanic island in its midst. It has a population of 1,200 people living on 11 square kilometres (4.2 square miles)
Maupiti is located in the western Leeward Islands in French Polynesia. It is the westernmost volcanic high island in the archipelago, 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Bora Bora. The central island of Maupiti has a high peak of 380 metres (1,250 feet) and a surface area of 11 square kilometres (4.2 square miles). The lagoon has large and flat coral islands in its northern reef half and two motus on both sides of the pass at its southern end.
At the August 2007 census[update], the island population was about 1,200 people.
The primary economic activity on Maupiti WAS noni production.
From a translated depeche article dated July 29 2016
"The town hall does not offer work for young people. Previously, there was the noni which brought income to the inhabitants of the islands, until the company that bought it decides to stock up for cheaper elsewhere. And since the Maupiti Express stopped serving Maupiti, there are no more watermelons produced. Young people are still copra, but the boat only arrives once a month. It is not enough to meet the needs of the population. Agriculture and fishing are very underdeveloped because of the charges imposed by the system and now it is more complicated to have land to cultivate. So most of the families survive thanks to the allowances that gives the Country. Tourism is a good source of income, but family pensions do not appeal to young people for extra activities around the island. Without tourism, we are nothing. "
There are ancient Polynesian archaeological artifacts dating from at least AD 850 in Maupiti. The first European to arrive on the island was the Dutchman Jakob Roggeveen in 1722. Historically, the island has had strong cultural links with Bora Bora.
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