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The city of Arawa, and the port of Kieta, from space
The city of Arawa, and the port of Kieta, from space
Kieta is located in Bougainville Island
Location within Bougainville Island
Coordinates: 6°13′S 155°38′E / 6.217°S 155.633°E / -6.217; 155.633
Country Papua New Guinea
Province Bougainville
District Central Bougainville
LLG Arawa Rural LLG
Time zone UTC+10 (AEST)
Location 12 km (7.5 mi) from Arawa
Mean max temp 32 °C (90 °F)
Mean min temp 23 °C (73 °F)
Annual rainfall 3,037 mm (119.6 in)

Kieta is a port town located on the eastern coast of the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, near the township of Arawa. After extensive destruction during the 1990 Civil Uprising on Bougainville, Kieta has few inhabitants now, and is known mainly for its transport connections (wharf and airfield).


On 17 May 1885, agreements were made between Germany and the United Kingdom over the islands of Bougainville and Buka in the area of the German sphere of interest. On 20 September 1905 a station was built with a post office and customs. Since 1902, there was a Catholic mission station in Kieta.[1]

Kieta was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War.

The majority of the town was destroyed in the 1990 Civil Uprising on Bougainville.[2][3] The airfield has a 5,400 feet (1,600 m) runway which was used by the Japanese in World War II, and was recently serviced by Air Niugini until 1990. Since then, the only aircraft to service the area have been the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Forces (C130 Hercules) in support of the Peace Monitoring Group.

A number of Papuan languages are spoken in the Kieta district, such as Naasioi.


Kieta has a mean maximum temperature of 32 °C (90 °F), mean minimum temperature of 23 °C (73 °F), and annual rainfall of 3,037 mm (119.6 in).


  1. ^ Bougainville History
  2. ^ Pacific Wrecks
  3. ^ Melanesian stories: Marist Brothers in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea 1845-2003. Lawrence McCane. 2004. p. 346. ISBN 9980-85-421-9. Retrieved July 10, 2010.