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Nennon Beach in Poum
Nennon Beach in Poum
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Coordinates: 20°14′29″S 164°01′01″E / 20.2415°S 164.0169°E / -20.2415; 164.0169Coordinates: 20°14′29″S 164°01′01″E / 20.2415°S 164.0169°E / -20.2415; 164.0169
Country France
Sui generis collectivity New Caledonia
Province North Province
 • Mayor Henriette Tidjine ép. Hmae
Area1 469.4 km2 (181.2 sq mi)
Population (2014 census)2 1,463
 • Density 3.1/km2 (8.1/sq mi)
Ethnic distribution
 • 1996 census Kanaks 79.7%
Europeans 17.6%
Polynesians 0.7%
Other 2.0%
INSEE/Postal code 98826 /98826
Elevation 0–412 m (0–1,352 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.

Poum is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The town of Poum (Latitude: 20° 13' 59 south, longitude: 164° 1' 23 east) is located in the far northwest, located on the southern part of Banare Bay, with Mouac Island just offshore.


The Poum massif south of Poum and Titch rises to 414 m and is rich in nickel. Other minerals like cobalt have been mined out. The hills around Poum are bare of trees and distinctively rose and red-tinged.


There is one boarding middle school near Poum village. The Kanak population pursue diverse subsistence activities, sometimes combined with paid work. Tourists can stay at a western style hotel complex, the Malabou Beach hotel on Nehoue Bay, which is owned by the Northern Province corporation, Grands Hôtels - it has 35 employees. There are also two tourist cottages (Golone and Poingam), a campsite (Pagop) and home stays are also possible.[1]

Fishing is still pursued mainly by the islanders, especially from Tiabet.

The Poum nickel mine is not exploited at full capacity and has about thirty employees.[2]

Agriculture is practiced, and there is some European-owned cattle ranching.