Namatanai District

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Namatanai District
Namatanai District is located in Papua New Guinea
Namatanai District
Namatanai District
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 3°40′5″S 152°24′18″E / 3.66806°S 152.40500°E / -3.66806; 152.40500
Country Papua New Guinea
Province New Ireland Province
Capital Namatanai
 • MP Walter Schnaubelt
 • Total 6,574 km2 (2,538 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 110,905
 • Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Namatanai District is the southernmost and larger of the two districts of New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea. The district covers the southern part of the island of New Ireland, as well as the Tabar Group, the Lihir Group, the Tanga Islands and the Feni Islands.

It is the 12th most populated District in Papua New Guinea and is recommended to be split into two districts by 2022. Sentral Niu Ailan Rural LLG will become an Electorate of its own. [1]

Former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Julius Chan represented the Namatanai Open Seat from 1968-1997.

The district headquarters is Namatanai and the district has six LLG areas, Namatanai Rural LLG, Sentral Niu Ailan Rural LLG, Konoagil Rural LLG, Nimamar Rural LLG, Matalai Rural LLG and Tanir Rural LLG.