Mae started his career as a broadcaster with the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation in the late 70s. He went to become the station’s general manager in its later years. While heading the station, he was elected president of the Fiji-based Pacific Islands New Association (PINA) for a term.
After retiring from broadcasting, Mae went on to contest the provincial elections in Central Province. He won a seat and became a provincial member, before becoming premier of the province. Mae stepped down last year and remained an ordinary provincial member at his passing yesterday.
The veteran broadcaster has a unique heavy voice that made him popular and closely followed whenever he was on air. Young broadcasters today had admired Mae’s on air presentation. Many Solomon Islanders paid their tributes to Mae on social media.