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Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Coordinates: 21°04′38″S 165°23′46″E / 21.0772°S 165.396°E / -21.0772; 165.396Coordinates: 21°04′38″S 165°23′46″E / 21.0772°S 165.396°E / -21.0772; 165.396
Sui generis collectivityNew Caledonia
ProvinceNorth Province
 • MayorAndré Gopéa
Area1707.3 km2 (273.1 sq mi)
Population (2014 census)22,370
 • Density3.4/km2 (8.7/sq mi)
Ethnic distribution
 • 1996 censusKanaks 93.5%
Europeans 4.6%
Polynesians 0.6%
Other 1.3%
INSEE/Postal code98823 /98823
Elevation0–1,330 m (0–4,364 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 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.

Ponérihouen is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.

Ponérihouen is the birthplace of the writer, feminist and politician Déwé Gorodey, who served as vice-president of the congress from 2001 to 2009.[1]


  1. ^ Biographie : Déwé Gorodey (1949) (in French), BdV: Bourses des Voyages, retrieved 2017-11-10