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Kouaoua opencast mine
Kouaoua opencast mine
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Coordinates: 21°23′53″S 165°49′05″E / 21.398°S 165.818°E / -21.398; 165.818Coordinates: 21°23′53″S 165°49′05″E / 21.398°S 165.818°E / -21.398; 165.818
Country France
Sui generis collectivity New Caledonia
Province North Province
 • Mayor Karaïmia Pwëpwë Mereatu
Area1 383.0 km2 (147.9 sq mi)
Population (2004 census)2 1,586
 • Density 4.1/km2 (11/sq mi)
Ethnic distribution
 • 1996 census Kanaks 74.9%
Europeans 13.1%
Polynesians 9.6%
Other 2.4%
INSEE/Postal code 98833 / 98818
Elevation 0–1,058 m (0–3,471 ft)
(avg. 5 m or 16 ft)

1 New Caledonia Land Register (DITTT) data, which exclude lakes and ponds larger than 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) as well as the estuaries of rivers.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Kouaoua is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Nickel mining is operated in Kouaoua.


The commune of Kouaoua was created on 25 April 1995 by detaching its territory from the commune of Canala.