Districts of Papua New Guinea

The following table lists 87 districts of Papua New Guinea. They come from several sources that have generally consistent information. These include the Ministry of Inter Government Relations  and the Papua New Guinea Tourism and Business Directory . The latter is the source of the population data for 2000, which are incomplete. Wikipedia (retrieved 2010-01-21) is also compatible with these sources.

DistrictHASCPopulationCapital
AbauPG.CE.AB38,508Abau
Aitape-LumiPG.SA.ALAitape
AlotauPG.MB.AL74,116Alotau
Ambunti-DreikikirPG.ES.ATAmbunti
Anglimp-South WaghiPG.WH.SW96,413Minj
AngoramPG.ES.ANAngoram
BogiaPG.MD.BGBogia
BuloloPG.MR.BL76,938Bulolo
Central BougainvillePG.NS.KIArawa
ChuavePG.CH.CH35,065Chuave
DauloPG.EH.DA30,446Asaro
DeiPG.WH.DE50,033Dei
Esa'alaPG.MB.EA42,493Ferguson
FinschhafenPG.MR.FI45,266Gagidu
GazellePG.EN.GZKeravat
GoilalaPG.CE.GL27,131Tapini
GorokaPG.EH.GK70,408Goroka
GuminePG.CH.GM35,957Gumine
HenganofiPG.EH.HE55,193Henganofi
HuonPG.MR.HG59,754Salamaua
Ialibu-PangiaPG.SH.IP50,243Ialibu
IjivitariPG.NO.PP67,558Popondetta
ImbongguPG.SH.IB59,813Imbonggu
JimiPG.WH.JI37,479Tabibuga
KabwumPG.MR.KW41,877Kabwum
Kagua-EravePG.SH.KG54,640Kagua
KainantuPG.EH.KA91,511Kainantu
Kairuku-HiriPG.CE.KH78,386Bereina
KandepPG.EG.KD47,428Kandep
Kandrian-GloucesterPG.WN.KGKandrian
Karimui-NomanePG.CH.KM35,874Karimui
KaviengPG.NI.KVKavieng
KeremaPG.GU.KMKerema
KerowagiPG.CH.KG54,865Kerowagi
KikoriPG.GU.KKKikori
Kiriwina-GoodenoughPG.MB.KG49,590Kiriwina
KokopoPG.EN.KOKokopo
Komo-MagarimaPG.SH.KM63,895Magarima
Kompiam-AmbumPG.EG.KM44,137Kompiam
Koroba-Lake KopiagoPG.SH.KR69,465Kopiago
Kundiawa-GemboglPG.CH.KD58,339Kundiawa
LaePG.MR.LA118,413Lae
Lagaip-PorgeraPG.EG.LP86,901Lagaip
LufaPG.EH.LF45,505Lufa
MadangPG.MD.MGMadang
ManusPG.MN.MN43,589Lorengau
MaprikPG.ES.MPMaprik
MarkhamPG.MR.KP49,074Kaiapit
Mendi-MunihuPG.SH.MD96,137Mendi
MenyamyaPG.MR.MY67,839Menyamya
Middle FlyPG.WE.BM55,025Balimo
Middle RamuPG.MD.MRSimbai
Mount HagenPG.WH.HC86,517Mount Hagen
Mul-BaiyerPG.WH.MB56,536Baiyer
NamatanaiPG.NI.NANamatanai
National Capital DistrictPG.NC.NC252,469Port Moresby
NawaePG.MR.NW34,967Boana
Nipa-KutubuPG.SH.NI98,261Nipa
North BougainvillePG.NS.BKBuka
North FlyPG.WE.KI50,635Kiunga
North WaghiPG.WH.NW51,282Banz
NukuPG.SA.NUNuku
Obura-WonenaraPG.EH.OW14,306Lamari
OkapaPG.EH.OK62,257Okapa
PomioPG.EN.PMPomio
RabaulPG.EN.RLRabaul
Rai CoastPG.MD.RCRai Coast
RigoPG.CE.RG39,128Kwikila
Samarai-MuruaPG.MB.SA42,855Murua
Sina Sina-YonggomuglPG.CH.SN37,676Yonggomugl
SohePG.NO.KK65,156Kokoda
South BougainvillePG.NS.BNBuin
South FlyPG.WE.DA46,407Daru
SumkarPG.MD.KAKarkar
TalaseaPG.WN.TLKimbe
Tambul-NebilyerPG.WH.TR60,825Nebilyer
Tari-PoriPG.SH.TA51,898Tari
TelefominPG.SA.TETelefomin
Tewae-SiassiPG.MR.SS42,789Wasu
Unggai-BennaPG.EH.UB44,766Benna
Usino-BundiPG.MD.UBUsino
Vanimo-Green RiverPG.SA.VAVanimo
WabagPG.EG.WB57,684Wabag
WapenamandaPG.EG.WP53,149Wapenamanda
WewakPG.ES.WEWewak
Wosera-GawiPG.ES.WGWosera
Yangoru-SaussiaPG.ES.YSYangoru

Change history:

Sorin Cosoveanu provided a document copied around 2003 (by his son) from a government website which has since vanished. It gives populations (as of an unspecified date), areas, capitals, and division into districts. As it turns out, the Pacific Island Travel  website (retrieved 2010-01-13) has identical information. There are links to pages for each province. The total population is close to the 1990 census total. We have to assume that the list of districts is current as of roughly 1990-1993. Here is the list of 104 districts derived from that source.

DistrictHASCPopulationCapital
AbauPG.CE.AB31,088Kupiano
AforePG.NO.AF10,348
AitapePG.SA.AI24,750
AlotauPG.MB.AL26,789
AmanabPG.SA.AM21,848
AmbuntiPG.ES.AT31,223
AngoramPG.ES.AN48,394
BaimuruPG.GU.BR7,109
BalimoPG.WE.BM25,867
BiallaPG.WN.BL25,720
BogiaPG.MD.BG51,468
BoluboluPG.MB.BB24,511
BuinPG.NS.BN45,048
BukaPG.NS.BK50,713Buka Passage
ChuavePG.CH.CH31,241
DaruPG.WE.DA23,302
Esa'alaPG.MB.EA24,738
FinschhafenPG.MR.FI47,177
GarainaPG.MR.GR7,541
GemboglPG.CH.GB17,048
GloucesterPG.WN.GC12,009
GoilalaPG.CE.GL22,073Tapini
GorokaPG.EH.GK98,790
GuminePG.CH.GM32,858
Hagen CentralPG.WH.HC108,629Mount Hagen
Hagen NorthPG.WH.HN86,134Muglamp
HenganofiPG.EH.HE37,671
HiriPG.CE.HI28,731Konedobu, NCD
HuonPG.MR.HU149,591Lae
IalibuPG.SH.IA30,093
IhuPG.GU.IH9,739
IomaPG.NO.IO7,781
JimiPG.WH.JI33,354Tabibuga
KabwumPG.MR.KW38,685
KaguaPG.SH.KG45,496
KaiapitPG.MR.KP36,207Mutzing
KainantuPG.EH.KA80,838
KaintibaPG.GU.KB14,654
KairukuPG.CE.KA29,548Bereina
KandepPG.EG.KD41,961
KandrianPG.WN.KD21,630
KarimuiPG.CH.KM12,204
KarkarPG.MD.KA29,296
KaviengPG.NI.KV23,937
KeremaPG.GU.KM7,891
KerowagiPG.CH.KG36,251
KietaPG.NS.KI58,239
KikoriPG.GU.KK9,430
KiraPG.NO.KR2,359
KimbePG.WN.KB70,305
KiungaPG.WE.KI22,032
KokodaPG.NO.KK11,966
KokopoPG.EN.KO46,696
KompiamPG.EG.KM22,852
KonosPG.NI.KN13,508
KorobaPG.SH.KR40,108
KundiawaPG.CH.KD36,537
LagaipPG.EG.LG50,973Laiagam
LihirPG.NI.LH6,805Potzlaka
LosuiaPG.MB.LS26,607
LufaPG.EH.LF30,485
LumiPG.SA.LM28,162
MadangPG.MD.MG87,700
MalalauaPG.GU.ML19,787
ManusPG.MN.MN32,713Lorengau
MaprikPG.ES.MP111,302
MarawakaPG.EH.MK11,814
MendiPG.SH.MD57,102
MenyamyaPG.MR.MY41,711
Middle RamuPG.MD.MR33,097Aiome
MisimaPG.MB.MS20,706Bwagaoia
MoreheadPG.WE.MH7,861
MumengPG.MR.MM16,703
Mussau EmiraPG.NI.ME3,234Palakau
NamatanaiPG.NI.NA26,925
National Capital DistrictPG.NC.NC188,089Waigani
New HanoverPG.NI.NH12,332Taskul
NipaPG.SH.NI65,453
NomadPG.WE.NO15,083
NukuPG.SA.NU25,583
OkapaPG.EH.OK38,904
PangiaPG.SH.PA24,459
PomioPG.EN.PM28,870
PopondettaPG.NO.PP53,510
PorgeraPG.EG.PR16,385
RabarabaPG.MB.RR20,996
RabaulPG.EN.RL108,798
Rai CoastPG.MD.RC23,237Saidor
RigoPG.CE.RG29,407Kwikila
SamaraiPG.MB.SA14,137
SiassiPG.MR.SS10,103Semo
SinasinaPG.CH.SN17,510Kamtai
TabubilPG.WE.TB9,403
TariPG.SH.TA54,276
TambulPG.WH.TR28,374
TelefominPG.SA.TE21,319
TufiPG.NO.TU10,354
Upper RamuPG.MD.UR27,613Walium
VanimoPG.SA.VA17,349
WabagPG.EG.WB59,698
WaghiPG.WH.WH79,101Minj
WapenamandaPG.EG.WP43,364
WauPG.MR.WA30,038
WewakPG.ES.WE62,895

 

I haven't been able to find definite information about district changes between 1990 and the present. Some changes can be inferred by comparing the 1990 list with the 2010 list, with the help of a map. These are my inferences, province by province.

  1. Bougainville: apparently there were only renamings: Buin became South Bougainville, Buka became North Bougainville, and Kieta became Central Bougainville.
  2. Central: Hiri and Kairuku districts merged to form Kairuku-Hiri.
  3. Chimbu: Gembogl and Kundiawa districts merged to form Kundiawa-Gembogl. Names of Karimui and Sinasina changed to Karimui-Nomane and Sina Sina-Yonggomugl, respectively.
  4. Eastern Highlands: The situation is unclear. Marawaka district disappeared, and Daulo, Obura-Wonenara, and Unggai-Benna districts were created. Geography suggests that Obura-Wonenara may just be a new name for Marawaka. Population suggests that something was split from Goroka, and geography suggests that it was Daulo.
  5. East New Britain: Gazelle district split from something, probably Rabaul.
  6. East Sepik: Wosera-Gawi and Yangoru-Saussia districts created. Its location suggests that Yangoru-Saussia was split from either Maprik or Wewak. Name of Ambunti changed to Ambunti-Dreikikir.
  7. Enga: Lagaip and Porgera districts merged to form Lagaip-Porgera.
  8. Gulf: Baimuru, Ihu, Kaintiba, and Malalaua districts disappeared, presumably by merging with one of the remaining districts. Geography suggests that Ihu, Kaintiba, and Malalaua merged with Kerema. Baimuru could have merged with either one. If population balance was a goal, however, Baimuru and Ihu could both have merged with Kikori.
  9. Madang: Karkar and Upper Ramu districts disappeared, and Sumkar and Usino-Bundi districts were created. Since Usino and Bundi are in the upper reaches of the Ramu River, it's a good bet that Upper Ramu was renamed Usino-Bundi. It's also possible that Karkar was renamed Sumkar.
  10. Milne Bay: Bolubolu, Losuia, Misima, and Rabaraba districts disappeared, and Kiriwina-Goodenough district was created. Since Losuia is on Kiriwina Island in the Trobriand group and Bolubolu is on Goodenough Island in the D'Entrecasteaux group, it's likely that Bolubolu and Losuia merged to form Kiriwina-Goodenough. Based on population and proximity, Rabaraba probably merged with Alotau. Similar factors point toward Misima merging with Samarai to form Samarai-Murua.
  11. Morobe: Garaina, Kaiapit, Mumeng, and Wau districts disappeared, and Bulolo, Lae, Markham, and Nawae districts were created. Probably Lae was split from Huon. Judging by population and location, Garaina, Mumeng, and Wau may have merged to form Bulolo. Since Kaiapit is the capital of Markham, that was probably a renaming. Nawae could have been split from Finschhafen, Huon, Kaiapit, or Mumeng.
  12. New Ireland: Konos, Lihir, Mussau Emira, and New Hanover districts disappeared. Based on geography, Mussau Emira and New Hanover probably merged with Kavieng. Lihir probably merged with Namatanai. Konos is about halfway between Kavieng and Namatanai, and could have merged with either one.
  13. Northern: all of the districts - Afore, Ioma, Kokoda, Kira, Popondetta, and Tufi - disappeared, and Sohe and Ijivitari were created. Considering their capitals, Sohe undoubtedly was the successor to Kokoda, and Ijivitari to Popondetta. Judging by populations, the other four districts might all have merged with Sohe.
  14. Sandaun: Aitape and Lumi districts merged to form Aitape-Lumi. Almost certainly Amanab and Vanimo merged to form Vanimo-Green River.
  15. Southern Highlands: Ialibu and Pangia districts merged to form Ialibu-Pangia. Names of Kagua, Koroba, Mendi, Nipa, and Tari districts were extended by hyphenation. What remains to be explained is the appearance of Imbonggu and Komo-Magarima districts. I have no helpful information about Imbonggu. Komo-Magarima could have been split from Nipa, Tari, or both.
  16. Western Highlands: Hagen Central, Hagen North, and Waghi districts disappeared, and Anglimp-South Waghi, Dei, Mount Hagen, Mul-Baiyer, and North Waghi districts were created. Some districts must have been merged and others split, so any detailed description must be highly conjectural. Waghi district was presumably split into two parts, which became North Waghi and part of Anglimp-South Waghi. Hagen Central and Hagen North were redistributed in some way, so that part of Hagen Central became Mount Hagen. Another part of Hagen Central may have merged with Tambul to form Tambul-Nebilyer. Jimi district probably remained unchanged. Beyond that it would be rash to speculate.
  17. Western: all of the districts - Balimo, Daru, Kiunga, Morehead, Nomad, and Tabubil - disappeared, and Middle Fly, North Fly, and South Fly were created. Based on geography, Kiunga and Tabubil must have merged to form North Fly; Balimo and Nomad merged to form Middle Fly; and Daru and Morehead merged to form South Fly.
  18. West New Britain: probably Bialla and Kimbe districts merged to form Talasea; Gloucester and Kandrian districts merged to form Kandrian-Gloucester.

Other names of subdivisions:

  1. Ambunti-Dreikikir: Ambunti-Drekikir (variant)
  2. Anglimp-South Waghi: Angalimp-South Wahgi (variant)
  3. Daulo: Asaro-Watabung (variant)
  4. Finschhafen: Finschafen, Finschhafan (variant)
  5. Huon: Huon-Gulf (variant)
  6. Ialibu-Pangia: Kewabi Rural (variant)
  7. Kandrian-Gloucester: Kandrian (variant)
  8. Karimui-Nomane: Karamui-Nomane (variant)
  9. Kiriwina-Goodenough: Kiriwini-Goodenough (variant)
  10. Komo-Magarima: Komo-Margarima (variant)
  11. Kompiam-Ambum: Kompiam (variant)
  12. Koroba-Lake Kopiago: Koroba-Kopiago (variant)
  13. Mendi-Munihu: Mendi (variant)
  14. Mount Hagen: Hagen (variant)
  15. North Waghi: North Wahgi (variant)
  16. Sina Sina-Yonggomugl: Sinssina-Yonggamugi (variant)
  17. Tari-Pori: Tari-Pari (variant)
  18. Tewae-Siassi: Tawae-Siassi, Tewai-Siassi (variant)
  19. Unggai-Benna: Unggai-Beni (variant)
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