Simbu Province

Simbu Province
Chimbu Province
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Simbu Province is located in Papua New Guinea
Simbu Province
Simbu Province
Location within Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 6°26′S 145°0′E
Country     Papua New Guinea
Formation     1966
Capital     Kundiawa

    Chauve District
    Gumine District
    Karimui-Nomane District
    Kerowagi District
    Kundiawa-Gembogl District
    Sina Sina-Yonggomugl District

 • Governor     Noah Kool 2012-
 • Total     6,112 km2 (2,360 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total     376,473
 • Density     62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone     AEST (UTC+10)

Simbu, officially spelled Chimbu, is a Highlands Region province in 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.


    1 Geography
    2 Education
    3 Districts and LLGs
    4 Politics
        4.1 Members of the National Parliament
    5 References


Simbu in the local dialect really means Sipuuuu, which means "thank you". Simbu is located in the central highlands cordillera of Papua New Guinea. It shares geographic and political boundaries with five provinces: Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Madang. It is a significant source of organically produced coffee.

Simbu 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 three secondary schools in the province: Kondiu Rosary Secondary School, Yauwe Moses Secondary School and Kerowagi Secondary School.
Districts and LLGs

There are six districts in the province. Each district has one or more Local Level Government (LLG) areas. For census purposes, the LLG areas are subdivided into wards and those into census units.[1]
District     District Capital     LLG Name
Chuave District     Chuave     Chuave Rural
Elimbari Rural
Siane Rural
Gumine District     Gumine     Bomai-Kumai Rural
Gumine Rural
Mount Digine Rural
Karimui-Nomane District     Karimui     Karimui Rural
Nomane Rural
Salt Rural
Kerowagi District     Kerowagi     Gena-Waugla Rural
Kerowagi Rural
Kup Rural
Kundiawa-Gembogl District     Kundiawa     Kundiawa Urban
Mount Wilhelm Rural
Niglkande Rural
Waiye Rural
Sina Sina-Yonggomugl District
(Sinasina-Yonggomugl District)     Kamtai     Sinasina Rural
Suwai Rural
Yonggomugl Rural

The current governor, Noah Kool, was elected in the 2012 national election under the new Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) system. The Governor is the head of the provincial government. The provincial bureaucracy is headed by the provincial administrator. The current acting administrator is Joseph Kunda Naur, a former educationist. He is from the Endugla/Naur tribe.

The provincial headquarters is Kundiawa, which is also the location of the province's main airport. Air Niugini makes three flights to Kundiawa each week. There are many guest houses within the proximity of Kundiawa town.
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. The following table lists Members before and after the 2007 general election.
Electorate     Previous member (party)     2007 winner (party)
Simbu Provincial     Noah Kool Yalba (P&C)     John Garia (PNGP) [2]
Chuave Open     Jim Nomane (PCP)     Wera Mori (THE) [3]
Gumine Open     Nick Kuman (PNC)     Lucas Dekena (NA) [4]
Karimui-Nomane Open     Mogerama Weii (PAP)     Posi Menai (PAP) [4]
Kerowagi Open     Camillus Dagma (NA)     Guma Wau (URP) [4]
Kundiawa Open     Tobias Kulang (PNGP)     Joe Mek Teine (PNGNP) [4]
Sinasina-Yonggamugl Open     Kerenga Kua (NA)     Jeffrey Nape (NA) [5]

    National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
    "Small parties fared well in elections". Post Courier Online. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
    "Nomane declared Chuave Open MP". The National. Retrieved 27 July 2007.[dead link]
    "59 newly-elected leaders declared". The National. Retrieved 27 July 2007.[dead link]
    "25 to NA". Post Courier Online. Retrieved 27 July 2007.

    Deck, D. Sipu-u-u-u to Simbu[dead link], Paradise Magazine


Papua New Guinea Provinces of Papua New Guinea

    Chimbu (Simbu)
    Eastern Highlands
    East New Britain
    East Sepik
    Milne Bay
    New Ireland
    Oro (Northern)
    Sandaun (West Sepik)
    Southern Highlands
    Western Highlands
    West New Britain

    National Capital District (Port Moresby)

    1 Autonomous region