Yaren District

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Coordinates: 0°32′52″S 166°55′15″E / 0.5477°S 166.920867°E / -0.5477; 166.920867

Nauru parliament

Yaren, in earlier times Makwa/Moqua, is a district and constituency of the Pacific nation of Nauru. It is the de facto capital of Nauru.

Yaren district shown within Nauru.

Yaren is located in the south of the island. Its area is 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi), and its population was 4,616 in 2007. To the north of Yaren is Buada, to the east is Meneng and to the west is Boe. English and Nauruan are the official languages of Nauru, and are spoken in Yaren.

Government and administrative buildings[edit]

The following government offices are located in this district:

Yaren (and sometimes Aiwo) is usually listed as the capital of Nauru though this is incorrect; the republic does not have cities or an official capital. Yaren is accepted by the United Nations as the "main district".


Yaren also constitutes a political constituency. It returns two members to the Parliament of Nauru.

List of members[edit]

Seat 1
Member Term Party
Anthony Audoa  ?-2003 Non-partisan
Kieren Keke 2003–present Non-partisan
Seat 2
Member Term Party
Pres Ekwona  ?-2004 Non-partisan
Dominic Tabuna 2004-2013 Non-partisan
Charmaine Scotty 2013–present Non-partisan

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