Jiwaka Province

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Jiwaka Province
Flag of Jiwaka Province
Jiwaka Province in Papua New Guinea
Jiwaka Province in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 6°0′S 144°35′E / 6.000°S 144.583°E / -6.000; 144.583
Country Papua New Guinea
Formation 2012
Capital Kurumul
 • Governor Dr. William Tongamp (PhD) 2012-
 • Total 4,798 km2 (1,853 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 343,987
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Jiwaka is a province of Papua New Guinea. The provincial capital is temporarily located in Kurumul. Mostly all provincial matters are handled in Kurumul while few are handled in Minj.

The province covers an area of 4,798 km²,[1] and there are 343,987 inhabitants (2011 census final figures[2]—2000 census 185,641). Jiwaka province officially came into being on 17 May 2012,[3] comprising three districts[4][5] previously part of Western Highlands Province. Mount Wilhelm, the tallest mountain in Papua New Guinea, is on the border of Jiwaka.

"Jiwaka" is a portmanteau word combining the first two letters each of Jimi, Waghi and Kambia. The inclusion of the Anglimp Rural LLG in Jiwaka was controversial,[6] and will be reviewed after the 2012 General Election.[7]

Geographical and Natural Resources[edit]

Jiwaka is located in a very fertile land (Waghi Valley). The Waghi River runs between the valley and most of the people benefit out of it. Besides the Waghi River, the land is naturally fertile and people harvest the best food from it. The 3 resources of the Jiwaka people are coffee, tea and human resources. (SKM-Manda Dam-Tukoi)

Districts and LLGs[edit]

There are three 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.[8]

District District Capital LLG Name
Anglimp-South Waghi District Minj Anglimp Rural
South Waghi Rural
Jimi District Tabibuga Jimi Rural
Kol Rural
North Waghi District Banz North Waghi Rural
Nondugl Rural

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. The following table lists Members before and after the 2012 general election.

Electorate Previous member (party) 2012 winner (party)
Jiwaka Provincial Tom Olga pro tem while Jiwaka was still under W.H.P Dr. William Tongamp (New Generation Party) [9] Pioneer Governor of the Brand New Province.
Angalimp-South Waghi Open Jamie Maxtone-Graham (PCP) Komun Joe Koim (Independent) [10]
Jimi Open Wake Goi (PNGP) Mai Dop (URDP) [11]
North Waghi Open Benjamin Mul (THE Rural Party) Dr. Fabian Pok (URDP) [12]


  1. ^ "Western Highlands Province" (PDF). The National Research Institute. March 2010. Sections for Angalimp South Waghi, Jimi & North Waghi Districts. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Population at a glance". 
  3. ^ "Hela, Jiwaka declared". The National (Papua New Guinea). 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  4. ^ John Pangkatana (2011-09-29). "Anglimp to vote under Jiwaka". Post-Courier Online. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  5. ^ Yvonne Haip (2012-03-16). "Leaders: Anglimp roll is flawed". The National. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  6. ^ Johnny Poiya (2011-09-07). "Anglimp rejects Jiwaka". Post-Courier Online. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  7. ^ "Anglimp to be part of WHP". The National. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  8. ^ National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
  9. ^ "Wingti ousted". The National. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  10. ^ "Two more declared in WHP". Post Courier Online. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  11. ^ "NA's Rambi deposes PDM man Kingal". The National. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Mum raped, homes burnt". Post Courier Online. Retrieved 2007-07-30.