Gulf Province

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Gulf Province
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Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea
Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea
Gulf Province is located in Gulf Province
Gulf Province
Gulf Province
Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 7°20′S 145°0′E / 7.333°S 145.000°E / -7.333; 145.000
CountryPapua New Guinea
 • GovernorChris Haiveta 2017-current
 • Total34,472 km2 (13,310 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
 • Total158,197
 • Density4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
HDI (2018)0.510[1]
low · 19th of 22

Gulf Province is a province of Papua New Guinea located on the southern coast. The provincial capital is Kerema. The 34,472 km² province is dominated by mountains, lowland river deltas, and grassland flood plains. In Gulf Province, the Kikori, Turama, Purari, and Vailala rivers meet the Papuan Gulf. The province has the second-smallest population of all the provinces of Papua New Guinea with 106,898 inhabitants (2000 census). The province shares land borders with Western Province to the west, Southern Highlands, Chimbu, and Eastern Highlands to the north, Morobe Province to the east, and Central Province to the southeast.

Districts and LLGs[edit]

Each province in Papua New Guinea has one or more districts, and 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.[2]

District District Capital LLG Name
Kerema District Kerema Central Kerema Rural
East Kerema Rural
Kaintiba Rural
Kerema Urban
Kotidanga Rural
Lakekamu-Tauri Rural
Kikori District Kikori Baimuru Rural
East Kikori Rural
Ihu Rural
West Kikori Rural

Provincial leaders[edit]

The province was governed by a decentralised provincial administration, headed by a Premier, from 1978 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.[3][4]

Premiers (1978–1995)[edit]

Premier Term
Ope Oeake 1978–1979
Sepoe Karava 1980–1985
Francis Malaisa 1985–1987
Tom Koraea 1987–1989
Sepoe Karava 1990–1992
Paul Apio 1992–1993
provincial government suspended 1993–1995

Governors (1995–present)[edit]

Premier Term
Tom Koraea 1995–1997
Chris Haiveta 1997–1998
Riddler Kimave 1998–2002
Chris Haiveta 2002–2007
Havila Kavo 2007–2017
Chris Haiveta 2017–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 an open electorate.

Premier Term
Gulf Provincial Chris Haiveta
Kerema Open Richard Mendani
Kikori Open Soroi Marepo Eoe


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  2. ^ National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Provinces". Retrieved 31 March 2017.