Maupiti (commune)

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.[1]

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.
Location of Maupiti
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
CountryFrance
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
SubdivisionLeeward Islands
Government
 • MayorPaul Ropiteau
Area
1
25.5 km2 (9.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
1,286
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−10:00
INSEE/Postal code
98728 /98732
Elevation0–380 m (0–1,247 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 Maupiti is made up of the island of Maupiti proper with its surrounding islets emerging from the coral reef, with an area of 12.1 km² in total, and of three distant atolls:

  • Maupihaa (a.k.a. Mopelia), 4.6 km² in land area, located 185 km (115 mi) south-west of Maupiti
  • Manuae (a.k.a. Scilly), 4.9 km² in land area, located 255 km (160 mi) west of Maupiti. This atoll is the westernmost emerged land of French Polynesia.
  • Motu One (a.k.a. Bellinghausen), 3.97 km² (0.9 sq mi) in land area, located 250 km (155 mi) north-west of Maupiti.

Most of the inhabitants live on Maupiti island itself. The atolls of Maupihaa and Manuae have 20 and 21 inhabitants respectively, while Motu One is uninhabited. At the 2017 census the commune had a population of 1,286.[2]

The administrative center of the commune is the settlement of Vaiea, on the island of Maupiti.[3]

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