Chimbu Province

Chimbu, more frequently spelled Simbu, is a province in the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea. The province has an area of 6,112 km2 and a population of 376,473 (2011 census). The capital of the province is Kundiawa. Mount Wilhelm, the tallest mountain in Papua New Guinea, is on the border of Simbu.

Chimbu Province
Simbu Provins (Tok Pisin)
Simbu Province
Chimbu Province
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 6°26′S 145°0′E
CountryPapua New Guinea
  • Chauve District
  • Gumine District
  • Karimui-Nomane District
  • Kerowagi District
  • Kundiawa-Gembogl District
  • Sina Sina-Yonggomugl District
  GovernorMichael Bogai Dua-
  Total6,112 km2 (2,360 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
  Density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
HDI (2018)0.557[1]
medium · 9th of 22


Chimbu is located in the central highlands cordillera of Papua New Guinea. It shares geographic and political boundaries with five provinces: Jiwaka, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Madang. It is a significant source of organically produced coffee.

Chimbu is a province with limited natural resources and very rugged mountainous terrain. The economic progress of the province has been slower than some other highlands provinces.


There are seven secondary schools in the province: Kondiu Rosary, Yauwe Moses, Kerowagi, Muaina, Gumine, Mt Willem and Kundiawa Day Secondary School. The province also has many high and primary schools.

Districts and LLGs

The province is subdivided into six districts, with each district further subdivided into 18 rural LLGs and 2 urban LLGs areas. Each of the RLLGs are headed by a President and Urban LLG by a Mayor. Each LLGs have various council wards represented by a councillor who sits in the Council Assembly. All the councillors are democratically elected and Presidents are elected in the Council Assembly. For census purposes, the LLG areas are again subdivided into wards and those into census units.[2][3]

DistrictDistrict CapitalLLG Name
Chuave District Chuave Chuave Rural
Elimbari Rural
Siane Rural
Gumine District Gumine Bomai-Gumai Rural
Gumine Rural
Mount Digine Rural
Karimui-Nomane District Karimui Karimui Rural
Nomane Rural
Salt Rural
Kerowagi District Kerowagi Gena-Waugla Rural
Upper-Lower Koronigl Rural
Kerowagi Urban
Kup Rural
Kundiawa-Gembogl District Kundiawa Kundiawa Urban
Mitnande Rural (Mount Wilhelm Rural)
Niglkande Rural
Waiye Rural
Sina Sina-Yonggomugl District Yonggomugl Tabare Rural (Sinasina)
Suai Rural (Suwai)
Yonggomugl Rural

Political governance and administration

Chimbu provincial leaders

The province was governed by a decentralised provincial administration, headed by a Premier, from 1977 to 1995. Following reforms taking effect that year, the national government reassumed some powers, and the role of Premier was replaced by a position of Governor, to be held by the winner of the province-wide seat in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.[4][5]

Premiers (1976–1995)

Premier Term
Siwi Kurondo1976–1978
Mathew Siune1978–1984
provincial government suspended1984–1986
Peter Gul1986–1988
David Mai1988–1992
Edward Bare1992–1993
Edward Aba1993–1995

Governors (1995–present)

Governor Term
Yauwe Riyong1995–1997
Louis Ambane1997–1998
Simeon Wai1998–1999
Louis Ambane1999–2003
Alphonse Willie2003–2004
Peter Launa2004–2007
John Garia2007–2012
Noah Kool2012–2017
Micheal Dua Bogai2017–2022
Noah Kool2022–present

Members of the National Parliament

The province and each district is represented by a Member of the National Parliament. There is one provincial electorate and each district is a local ("Open") electorate.[6]

Electorate Name
Chimbu ProvincialNoah Kool
Chuave OpenJames Nomane
Gumine OpenDawa Dekena
Karimui-Nomane OpenFrancis Yori Alua
Kerowagi OpenFrancis Kikin Siune
Kundiawa-Gembogl OpenDilu Muguwa
Sinasina-Yonggomugl OpenKerenga Kua

See also

  • Adumo


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