Totegegie's name consists of the combination of two Mangarevan words (the local language, which takes its name from Mangareva, the main island of the archipelago): TOTE, which means a sandy islet on a reef (equivalent motu Polynesian) and GEGIE (pronounced gniégnié) which is the name of a small shrub typical of atolls that looks much like a juniper bush without berries.
This shrub (Pemphis acidula) is widespread on Polynesian atolls and is best known as the miki miki. On Totegegie which is one of Mangareva's reefs approximately 9 Km from Rikitea, the island's administrative settlement, the airport of the archipelago is to be found. It is also the only building there - Totegegie (IATA: GMR • ICAO code: NTGJ). The airport is 1652 km from Tahiti, and is also classified as an territorial aerodrome. Its only service is to Tahiti Faaa International Airport on Tuesdays.
Mangareva is crucial in its role as the outside world's link to the more famous Pitcairn Island. One of the only ways a traveler can reach Pitcairn Island is to fly to Tahiti, then to Mangareva. From there, a 32-hour boat ride will take one to Pitcairn Island.
French Polynesia (French: Polynésie française) is an overseas territory (territoire d'outre-mer or TOM) of France with the particular designation of overseas country (pays d'outre-mer or POM) in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island, and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeete).
ICAO location identifiers are linked to each airport's Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), which are available online in Portable Document Format (PDF) from the French Service d'information aéronautique (SIA). Locations shown in bold are as per the airport's AIP page. Most airports give two locations: the first is the city served, second is the city where the airport is located.
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