Nukulaelae


Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae
—  Atoll  —
Nukulaelae atoll from space
Islands of Nukulaelae
Nukulaelae is located in Tuvalu
Nukulaelae
Location in Tuvalu
Coordinates: 09°22′52″S 179°51′08″E / 9.38111°S 179.85222°E / -9.38111; 179.85222Coordinates: 09°22′52″S 179°51′08″E / 9.38111°S 179.85222°E / -9.38111; 179.85222
Country Tuvalu
Population (2002)
 - Total 393

Nukulaelae is an atoll that is part of the nation of Tuvalu, and has a population (2002 census) of 393. It has the form of an oval and consists of at least 15 islets. The junior school is Faikimua Primary School.

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History

In 1821 Nukulaelae was visited by Captain George Barrett in the Nantucket whaler Independence II, which he named the ‘Mitchell’s Group’.[1]

The population of Nukulaelae from 1860-1900 is estimated to be 300 people.[2][3]

The atoll was claimed by the United States under the Guano Islands Act from the 19th century until 1983, when claims to the atoll were ceded to Tuvalu.

Politics

Nukulaelae is one of the eight constituencies in Tuvalu. Unlike the other seven, it elects just one Member of Parliament, rather than two. Following the 2010 general election, its current representative is Namoliki Sualiki, the successfully re-elected incumbent. He had been elected in 2006, defeating the then incumbent Bikenibeu Paeniu. The 2006 election in Nukulaelae had also involved Bikenibeu Paeniu's brother Iefata and nephew Luke.[4]

2010 election results

Nukulaelae constituency results [5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Non-partisan Namoliki Sualiki Symbol confirmed.svg 148  %
Non-partisan Vaefitu Paeniu 117  %

2006 election results

Nukulaelae constituency results [6]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Non-partisan Namoliki Sualiki Symbol confirmed.svg 109  %
Non-partisan Bikenibeu Paeniu 65  %
Non-partisan Iefata Paeniu 64  %
Non-partisan Luke Paeniu 21  %

Notable local person

Bikenibeu Paeniu (1956-), who served two terms as Prime Minister of Tuvalu, represented Nukulaelae in the Parliament of Tuvalu.

Reference is to 2006 election results contains gross errors. Correct results include- Iefata Paeniu had 21 votes while Luke Paeniu had 64 votes. Bikenibeu Paenius vote is correct.

See also

  • List of Guano Island claims

References

  1. ^ Keith S. Chambers & Doug Munro, The Mystery of Gran Cocal: European Discovery and Mis-Discovery in Tuvalu, 89(2) (1980) The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 167-198
  2. ^ W.F. Newton, The Early Population of the Ellice Islands, 76(2) (1967) The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 197-204.
  3. ^ Richard Bedford, Barrie Macdonald & Doug Monro, Population Estimates for Kiribati and Tuvalu (1980) 89(1) J. of the Polynesian Society 199
  4. ^ "Election Results Bring Changes", Tuvalu News, August 3, 2006
  5. ^ Cannon, Brian (2010-09-16). "Tuvalu Election Results". Tuvalu News (Tuvaluislands.com). http://www.tuvaluislands.com/news/archives/2010/2010-09-16.html. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Election Results Bring Changes", Tuvalu News, August 3, 2006




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