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Boroko is located in Papua New Guinea
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 9°28′10″S 147°11′59″E / 9.46944°S 147.19972°E / -9.46944; 147.19972
Country Papua New Guinea
Province NCD
City Port Moresby
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Postcode 111

Boroko is a suburb of Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. It includes a residential area and a sports and recreation precinct, and was once a significant commercial centre but the business area is now in decline.


The town of Port Moresby was mainly confined to the peninsula near the port facilities in the early decades of the 20th century. An influx of Australian and American military personnel during World War II increased the rate of expansion inland, including the upgrade of the airstrip at Seven Mile (now Jacksons Airport), and the use of Murray Barracks at Four Mile, next to Boroko. Increased development continued after the war in the Boroko area.


The Boroko Shopping Centre hosts Port Moresby's main handicrafts market in the centre of the old square. However, many companies which once operated grocery supermarkets, furniture stores, restaurants and other social centres have moved away from Boroko in recent years, and many buildings in the old commercial centre are now empty and abandoned.

The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission retains its head office in the AIC Building in Boroko.[1]

Boroko post office
Streets and buildings in Boroko 2013
Empty Boroko store buildings

Educational and religious facilities[edit]

Boroko has many long-established schools. Primary schools in Boroko include Boroko East International School, Bavaroko Primary School, and Coronation Primary School, whose name was given it when it was established in 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The large Roman Catholic church

St Joseph's International Catholic College relocated to Boroko from Port Moresby in 1957, its land on Boroko Drive also containing a large parish church, a Baptist congregations church and the Anglican St. Martin's. Port Moresby International High School was established in 1960. More recently established high schools in Boroko include Port Moresby Grammar School, founded in 1998, and the Turkish-run PNG Paradise High School which was founded in 2007.[2]

The all-girls Caritas Technical Secondary School, located in East Boroko, is run by the catholic Caritas Sisters.[3]

The Don Bosco Technological Institute, located in East Boroko, is a Catholic tertiary educational administered by the Salesians.

Clubs and sports[edit]

The sports and recreation precinct on Bisini Parade includes grounds for soccer, softball, netball, cricket, and rugby union and rugby league. The Lloyd Robson Oval is the National Stadium of Papua New Guinea with a capacity of 12,000, and is the home ground of the Papua New Guinea national rugby league team.


  1. ^ "Contact." Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission. Retrieved on April 23, 2013. "PNG ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION COMMISSION P.O BOX 1709 BOROKO NATIONAL CAPITAL DISTRICT AIC BUILDING PORTION 2437 – 7 Mile"
  2. ^ Muri, David (11 August 2011). "A true Turkish experience". Post-Courier. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "O’Neill pledges K4 million to Caritas". 24 June 2013. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.