East New Britain Province
East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|o Governor||Nakikus Konga|
|o Total||15,724 km2 (6,071 sq mi)|
|o Density||21/km2 (54/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+10 (AEST)|
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East New Britain is a province of Papua New Guinea, consisting of the north-eastern part of the island of New Britain and the Duke of York Islands. The capital of the province is Kokopo, not far from the old capital of Rabaul, which was largely destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 1994. East New Britain covers a total land area of 15,816 square kilometres (6,107 sq mi), and the province's population was reported as 220,133 in the 2000 census, rising to 328,369 in the 2011 count. Provincial coastal waters extend over an area of 104,000 square metres (26 acres). The province's only land border is with West New Britain Province to the west, and it also shares a maritime border with New Ireland Province to the east.
East New Britain has a dual economy: a cash economy operates side by side with the subsistence-farming sector. The main crops produced for export are cocoa and copra. Tourism continues to be an increasingly important sector of the provincial economy.
There are sixteen Austronesian languages spoken in the province, of which Kuanua, spoken by the Tolai on the Gazelle Peninsula is the most widely spoken. Papuan languages are also spoken in the province, including the Baining, Taulil, Ata, Kol, Makolkol, and Sulka languages.
Each province in Papua New Guinea has one or more districts, and 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.
|District||District Capital||LLG Name|
|Gazelle District||Kerevat||Central Gazelle Rural|
|Inland Baining Rural|
|Lassul Baining Rural|
|Kokopo District||Kokopo||Bitapaka Rural|
|Duke of York Rural|
|Pomio District||Pomio||Central-Inland Pomio Rural|
|East Pomio Rural|
|West Pomio-Mamusi Rural|
|Rabaul District||Rabaul||Balanataman Rural|
|Watom Island Rural|
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.
|Ereman Tobaining Sr.||1978-1980|
|Francis Koimanrea (died 2019)||1995-2000|
|Ereman Tobaining Jr.||2012-2017|
|East New Britain Provincial||Nakikus Konga|
|Gazelle Open||Jelta Wong|
|Kokopo Open||Emil Tammur|
|Pomio Open||Elias Kapavore|
|Rabaul Open||Allan Marat|