According to legend, Mauke was originally named Akatokamanava – ‘the place where my heart rested’ – by the Chief Uke after a long voyage from Avaiki. A fittingly romantic name for the beautiful island. Later generations used the name ‘Mauke’ – it literally translates to ‘Land of Uke’

Mauke called the garden of the islands, is home to approximately 300 people, roughly half the size of Rarotonga in circumference, but a world away in landscape and lifestyle. Forty kilometres from their closest neighbouring island, Mitiaro, and 70 kilometres from Atiu, Mauke’s central volcanic plateau is surrounded by a ring of jagged, razor-sharp fossilised coral or ‘makatea’ reaching up to 1,000 meters inland.

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