Chimbu Province

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Simbu Province
Chimbu Province
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Simbu Province is located in Papua New Guinea
Simbu Province
Simbu Province
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 6°26′S 145°0′E / 6.433°S 145.000°E / -6.433; 145.000
Country Papua New Guinea
Formation 1966
Capital Kundiawa
Districts
Government
 • Governor Noah Kool 2012-
Area
 • Total 6,112 km2 (2,360 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 376,473
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Simbu, officially spelled Chimbu, is a Highlands Region province in Papua New Guinea. The province has an area of 6,112 km² and a population of 376,473 (2011 census). The capital of the province is Kundiawa. Mount Wilhelm, the tallest mountain in Papua New Guinea, is on the border of Simbu.

Geography[edit]

Simbu in the local dialect really means Sipuuuu, which means "thank you". Simbu is located in the central highlands cordillera of Papua New Guinea. It shares geographic and political boundaries with five provinces: Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Madang. It is a significant source of organically produced coffee.

Simbu is a province with limited natural resources and very rugged mountainous terrain. The economic progress of the province has been slower than some other highlands provinces.

Education[edit]

There are three secondary schools in the province: Kondiu Rosary Secondary School, Yauwe Moses Secondary School and Kerowagi Secondary School.

Districts and LLGs[edit]

There are six districts in the province. Each district has one or more Local Level Government (LLG) areas. For census purposes, the LLG areas are subdivided into wards and those into census units.[1]

District District Capital LLG Name
Chuave District Chuave Chuave Rural
Elimbari Rural
Siane Rural
Gumine District Gumine Bomai-Kumai Rural
Gumine Rural
Mount Digine Rural
Karimui-Nomane District Karimui Karimui Rural
Nomane Rural
Salt Rural
Kerowagi District Kerowagi Gena-Waugla Rural
Kerowagi Rural
Kup Rural
Kundiawa-Gembogl District Kundiawa Kundiawa Urban
Mount Wilhelm Rural
Niglkande Rural
Waiye Rural
Sina Sina-Yonggomugl District
(Sinasina-Yonggomugl District)
Kamtai Sinasina Rural
Suwai Rural
Yonggomugl Rural

Politics[edit]

The current governor, Noah Kool, was elected in the 2012 national election under the new Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) system. The Governor is the head of the provincial government. The provincial bureaucracy is headed by the provincial administrator. The current acting administrator is Joseph Kunda Naur, a former educationist. He is from the Endugla/Naur tribe.

The provincial headquarters is Kundiawa, which is also the location of the province's main airport. Air Niugini makes three flights to Kundiawa each week. There are many guest houses within the proximity of Kundiawa town.

Members of the National Parliament[edit]

The province and each district is represented by a Member of the National Parliament. There is one provincial electorate and each district is a local ("Open") electorate. The following table lists Members before and after the 2007 general election.

Electorate Previous member (party) 2007 winner (party)
Simbu Provincial Noah Kool Yalba (P&C) John Garia (PNGP) [2]
Chuave Open Jim Nomane (PCP) Wera Mori (THE) [3]
Gumine Open Nick Kuman (PNC) Lucas Dekena (NA) [4]
Karimui-Nomane Open Mogerama Weii (PAP) Posi Menai (PAP) [4]
Kerowagi Open Camillus Dagma (NA) Guma Wau (URP) [4]
Kundiawa Open Tobias Kulang (PNGP) Joe Mek Teine (PNGNP) [4]
Sinasina-Yonggamugl Open Kerenga Kua (NA) Jeffrey Nape (NA) [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
  2. ^ "Small parties fared well in elections". Post Courier Online. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Nomane declared Chuave Open MP". The National. Retrieved 27 July 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d "59 newly-elected leaders declared". The National. Retrieved 27 July 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "25 to NA". Post Courier Online. Retrieved 27 July 2007.