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Arue is a commune in the suburbs of Papeete in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Arue is located on the island of Tahiti, in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands,[2] themselves part of the Society Islands. At the 2017 census it had a population of 10,243.[3]

Arue
The coastline of Arue, with Papeete on the horizon
The coastline of Arue, with Papeete on the horizon
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands. The atoll of Tetiaroa lies outside of the map.
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands. The atoll of Tetiaroa lies outside of the map.
Location of Arue
Coordinates: 17°30′58″S 149°30′42″W / 17.5161°S 149.5117°W / -17.5161; -149.5117Coordinates: 17°30′58″S 149°30′42″W / 17.5161°S 149.5117°W / -17.5161; -149.5117
CountryFrance
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
SubdivisionWindward Islands
Government
 • Mayor (2003 – present) Philip Schyle
Area
1
20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)[1]
10,243
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−10:00
INSEE/Postal code
98712 /98701
Elevation0–1,305 m (0–4,281 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The commune of Arue includes the atoll of Tetiaroa,[4] population 240,[3] (5.85 km2/2.26 sq. miles; property of Marlon Brando's family), located 58 km (36 mi) north of Tahiti.

HistoryEdit

The area of Arue was first settled by travelers from Asia during the year of 1000. They had built houses out of grass and mud. The Polynesians had hunted fish with spears. Captain James Cook had arrived at Tahiti to chart the coast.

GeographyEdit

The Papenoo River runs close to Arue in the east.

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