Chimbu Province

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Chimbu Province
Simbu Province
Flag of Chimbu Province
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Chimbu Province is located in Papua New Guinea
Chimbu Province
Chimbu 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
 • Governor Noah Kool 2012-
 • 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)

Chimbu, occasionally spelled Simbu, is a province in the Highlands Region of 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.


Chimbu is located in the central highlands cordillera of Papua New Guinea. It shares geographic and political boundaries with five provinces: Jiwaka, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Madang. It is a significant source of organically produced coffee.

Chimbu 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.


There are seven secondary schools in the province: Kondiu Rosary, Yauwe Moses, Kerowagi, Muaina, Gumine, Mt Willem and Kundiawa Day Secondary School. The province also has many high and primary schools.

Districts and LLGs[edit]

The province is subdivided into six districts, with each district further subdivided into one or more Local Level Government (LLG) areas. For census purposes, the LLG areas are again 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


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.

Provincial leaders[edit]

The province was governed by a decentralised provincial administration, headed by a Premier, from 1977 to 1995. Following reforms taking effect that year, the national government reassumed some powers, and the role of Premier was replaced by a position of Governor, to be held by the winner of the province-wide seat in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.[2][3]

Premiers (1976–1995)[edit]

Premier Term
Siwi Kurondo 1976–1978
Mathew Siune 1978–1984
provincial government suspended 1984–1986
Peter Gul 1986–1988
David Mai 1988–1992
Edward Bare 1992–1993
Edward Aba 1993–1995

Governors (1995–present)[edit]

Premier Term
Yauwe Riyong 1995–1997
Louis Ambane 1997–1998
Simeon Wai 1998–1999
Louis Ambane 1999–2003
Alphonse Willie 2003–2004
Peter Launa 2004–2007
John Garia 2007–2012
Noah Kool 2012–present

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.[4]

Premier Term
Chimbu Provincial Noah Kool
Chuave Open Wera Mori
Gumine Open Nick Kuman
Karimui-Nomane Open Mogerema Sigo Wei
Kerowagi Open Camillus Dangma
Kundiawa Open Tobias Kulang
Sinasina-Yonggomugl Open Kerenga Kua


  1. ^ National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
  2. ^ May, R. J. "8. Decentralisation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back". State and society in Papua New Guinea: the first twenty-five years. Australian National University. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Provinces". Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2012". PNG Electoral Commission. Retrieved 12 April 2017.