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Papua New Guinea Provinces

Provinces Central - East New Britain - East Sepik - Eastern Highlands - Enga - Gulf - Hela - Jiwaka - Madang - Manus - Milne Bay - Morobe - Natioanl Capital District - New Ireland - Oro (Northern) - Sandaun (West Sepik) - Simbu - Southern Highlands - West New Britain - Western - Western Highlands -

Party abbreviations: MGA = Movement for Greater Autonomy; NAP = National Alliance Party (est.1977); PAP = People's Alliance Party (; PDM = People's Democratic Movement (conservative, est.1991); PFP = Pipol First Party (est.2001); PNC = People's National Congress Party (est.1972); PNGFP = Papua New Guinea First Party; PNGLP = Papua New Guinea Labour Party (est.2001); PNGNP = Papua New Guinea National Party; PNGP = Papua New Guinea Party (est.2003 split from PDM); PGU = Papua and Niugini Union Pati (Papua and New Guinea Union Party, centrist, est.1972); PPP = People's Progress Party (conservative, est.1976); RDP = Rural Development Party; UP = United Party (est.1974); URP = United Resources Party (est.1978)
Bougainville: see entry under Papua New Guinea


Central

[Central Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

Premiers
1976 - 1978                Gau Heno
1978 - 1982                Rina Nau
1983                       Kone Vanuawaru (1st time)
1983 - 1984                Reuben Taureka
1984 - 1987                Kone Vanuawaru (2nd time)
1988 - 1991                Emmanuel Ume
1991 - 1993                Isaiah Oda
1993 - 1995                Paul Kipo
Governors
Aug 1995 - 1997            John Orea
1997 - 1999                Ted Diro                           (b. 1944)            PAP
Aug 1999 - Nov 1999        Ajax Bia                                                Non-party
Nov 1999 -  8 Aug 2002     Opa H. Taureka                                          PDM
 8 Aug 2002 - 2012         Alphonse Moroi                                          Non-party
2012 -                     Kila Haoda


Chimbu: see Simbu


East New Britain

[East New Britain Province
                (Papua New Guinea)]

Premiers
1977 - 1978                Koniel Alar
1978 - 1980                Ereman Tobaining
1980 - 1981                Jacob Timele
1981 - 1989                Ronald ToVue
1989 - 1995                Sinai Brown
Governors
Aug 1995 - Sep 2000        Francis Koimanrea                  (b. 1954)            PDM
Sep 2000 -                 Leo Dion                                                NAP



East Sepik

[East Sepik Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

Premiers
1976 - 1983                Cherobim Dambui                    (b. 1948 - d. 2010)
1983 - 1987                Jonathan Sengi                     (b. 1943 - d. 2003)
1987 - 1991                Bruce Samban
Mar 1991 - Jun 1993        Government suspended
Jun 1993 - Aug 1995        Alex Anisi
Governors
Aug 1995 - Aug 1999        Sir Michael Thomas Somare          (b. 1936)            NAP
Aug 1999 - Aug 2003        Arthur Somare (1st time)                                NAP
Aug 2003 - Feb 2005        Henry Ariro (acting to Nov 2003)
Feb 2005 - 23 Mar 2005     Moses Burr (acting)
23 Mar 2005 - 2012         Peter Wararu Waranaka                                   NAP
2012 -                     Sir Michael Somare (2nd time)      (s.a.)



Eastern Highlands

[Eastern Highlands Province
                (Papua New Guinea)]

Premiers
1976 - 1986                James Yanepa                       (d. 1999)
1986 - 1991                Walter Nombe
1991 - 1995                Robert Atiyafa                                          PNGNP
Governors
Aug 1995 - Aug 1997        Aita Ivarato
Aug 1997 - Aug 1998        Peti Lafanama (1st time)                                Non-party
15 Sep 1998 - 2000         Damson Lafana                                           Non-party
2000 - Aug 2002            Peti Lafanama (2nd time)                                Non-party
Aug 2002 - 2012            Malcolm Smith Kela                                      Non-party
2012 -                     Julie Soso



Enga

[Enga Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

1978                       Enga province, created from parts of Southern Highlands
                             and Western Highlands provinces.

Premiers
1978 - 1980                Don Kapi
1980 - 1984                Danley Tindiwi (1st time)
Feb 1984 - Mar 1986        Government suspended
1986 - 1990                Ned Laina
1990 - 1993                Danley Tindiwi (2nd time)
Mar 1993 - Aug 1995        Government suspended
Governors
Aug 1995 - 1997            Jeffery Balakau
Jul 1997 -                 Peter Ipatas                                            PDM
31 Mar 2006 - 200.         Peter Iggy                                              PAP
                             (acting for suspended Ipatas)


Fly River: see Western


Gulf

[Gulf Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

Premiers
1978 - 1979                Ope Oeake
1980 - 1985                Sepoe Karava (1st time)                                 PDM
1985 - 1987                Francis Malaisa
1987 - 1989                Thomas Koraea                      (b. 1941)            PGU
1990 - 1992                Sepoe Karava (2nd time)                                 PDM
1992 - 1993                Paul Apio
Jan 1993 - Aug 1995        Government suspended
Governors
Aug 1995 - 1997            Thomas Koraea                      (s.a.)               PGU
1997 - 1998                Christopher Havieta (1st time)     (b. 1960)            PGU
1990 - 2002                Riddler Dorobe Kimave              (b. 1953)            PGU
Aug 2002 - 2007            Christopher Havieta (2nd time)     (s.a.)               PGU
                             (suspended from 20 Feb 2007)
20 Feb 2007 - 2007         Charles M
aiu                                            Non-party
                             (acting for suspended Havieta)
2007 -                     Havila Kavo                                             PNC


Hela

[Hela Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

17 May 2012                Hela province, created from part of Southern Highlands.

Chairman of the Hela Transitional Authority
15 Jul 2010 - 2012         James Marape
Governor
2012 -                     Anderson Agiru


Jiwaka

[Jiwaka Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

17 May 2012                Jiwaka province, created from part of Western Highlands.

Chairmen of the Jiwaka Transitional Authority
 4 Jun 2010 -  9 Sep 2011  Philip Kapal
 9 Sep 2011 - 2012         Benjamin Mul
Governor
2012 -                     William Tongamp



Madang

[former
                      flag Madang Province (Papua New Guinea)]                             to 2004? [Madang
                      Province (Papua New Guinea)]                        Adopted 2004?

Premiers
1978 - 1984                Bato Bultin
1985 - 1986                Max Moeder
1986 - 1993                Andrew Ariako
Mar 1993 - Aug 1995        Government suspended
Governors
Aug 1995 - 1997            Peter Barter (1st time)            (b. 1940)            Non-party 
Jul 1997 - 2000            Jim Kas (1st time)                                      Non-party
2000 - 21 Jan 2002         Pengau Nengo (acting)                                   PGU
21 Jan 2002 - 13 Aug 2002  Stahl Musa                         (b. 19.. - d. 2002)  PAP
13 Aug 2002                Sir Peter Barter (2nd time)        (s.a.)               Non-party
13 Aug 2002 - 2007         James Yali                         (b. 1963?)           NAP
25 Jan 2006 - 2007         Bunag Kiup                                              Non-party
                             (chairman Provincial Executive Council, acting for Yali)
2007 - Sep 2008            Sir Arnold Amet (1st time)
        (b. 1952)            NAP
Sep 2008 - 2009            Buka Goli Malai (acting)                                Non-party 
2009 - Jan 2011           
Sir Arnold Amet (2nd time)         (s.a.)               NAP
Jan 2011 - 2012            James Gau
                                               NAP
2012 -                     Jim Kas (2nd time)



Manus

[Manus Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]


Premiers

1977 - 1978                Papi Rasahei
1979 - 1982                Banabas Kombil
1982 - 1984                Joel Maiah
1984 - 1995                Stephen P. Pokawin                                      MGA/NAP
Governors
Aug 1995 - May 1996        Martin Thompson                    (d. 1996)
Jul 1996 - 13 Aug 2002     Stephen Pokawin                                         MGA/NAP
13 Aug 2002 - 2007         Jacob Gris Jumogot                                      PDM
2007 - 2012                Michael T. Sapau                                        RDP
2012 -                     Charlie Benjamin



Milne Bay

[Milne Bay Province (Papua New Guinea)]

Premiers
1978 - 1981                Patrick Paulisbo                   (b. 1939? - d. 2004)
1981 - 1982                John Tubira
1983 - 1986                Lepani Watson
1987 - 1989                Navy Aule
1989 - 1991                Elliot Kaidama
1991 - Oct 1992            Jeffrey Toloube (1st time)                              PAP
Oct 1992 - Nov 1993        Government suspended
Nov 1993 - 1994            Jeffrey Toloube (2nd time)                              PAP
1994 - 1995                Jones Liosi
Governors
Aug 1995 - 1997            Timothy Neville (1st time)                              Non-party
Jul 1997 - Jan 2000        Dame Josephine Abaijah (f)         (b. 1942)            PNGFP
Jan 2000 - 2002            Titus Philemon (1st time)                               PPP
Aug 2002 - 2007            Timothy Neville (2nd time)                              Non-party
2007 - 2012                John Luke Crittin                                       Non-party
2012 -                     Titus Philemon (2nd time)



Morobe

[Morobe Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

Premiers
1978 - 1980                Pama Anio                          (d. 2000)
1980 - 1987                Utula Samana                                            Non-party
1987 - 1988                Enny Moaitz (f)                    (b. 1945)
1988 - 1989                Haggai Joshua
Sep 1989 - Dec 1990        Government suspended
1991 - 1992                Jerry Nalau                        (b. 1938)            PGU
1992                       Titi Christian (1st time)                               NAP
Nov 1992 - Feb 1994        Government suspended
Feb 1994 - Aug 1995        Titi Christian (2nd time)                               NAP
Governors
Aug 1995 - 2002            Jerry Nalau                        (s.a.)               PGU
Aug 2002 - 2012            Luther Akisawa Wenge                                    PFP
2012 -                     Kelly Naru



National Capital District (Port Moresby)

[former Port Moresby flag (Papua New
                      Guinea)]         Former Port Moresby City Flag [National Capital District
                      (Papua New Guinea)]        National Capital District Flag

16 Sep 1975                Port Moresby City declared capital of Papua New Guinea.
12 May 1982                National Capital District split from Central province.

Chairmen of the National Capital District Commission
1982 - 1985                Henry T. Fabila                    (b. 1949?)
1986 - 1987                Jack Pidik (1st time)
1987 - 1989                Jack Onno
1989 - 1991                Josephine Abijah (f)               (b. 1942)            PNGFP
1991 - 1992                Frank Igo
1992 - 1995                David Unagi                        (d. 2007)            PUP
1995 - 1997                William "Bill" Jack Skate          (b. 1953 - d. 2006)  PNC
1997 - 1999                Philip Taku                                             PNC
 6 Sep 1999 -  4 Oct 2001  Commission suspended
2001 - 2002                Thomas Tanasu (interim)
2002 - 2003                Jack Pidik (2nd time)
2003 - 2004                Michael Malabag
Jun 2004 - Aug 2006        Sir Mekere Morauta                 (b. 1946)            PDM
Nov 2006 -                 the governors

Lord Mayors of Port Moresby
 1 Jun 1972 - 16 Oct 1973  Oala Oala Rarua                    (b. 1934 - d. 1980)  PGU
16 Oct 1973 - 197.         City Council suspended
c.1976 - af.Feb 1977       Mahuru Rarua Rarua
1977? - Feb 1979           Kipling Uiari                      (d. 1996)
Feb 1979 - 1982?           Sevese Morea                       (b. 1945 - d. 1982)
Governors
Jul 1995 - Jul 1997        William "Bill" Jack Skate          (s.a.)               PNC
Jul 1997 -  7 Sep 1999     Philip Taku (1st time)                                  PNC
City Managers
Sep 1999 - 2000            Jamie Maxtone-Graham
2000 - Nov 2001            Bernard Kipit (1st time)
Governor
Nov 2001 - Dec 2001        Philip Taku (2nd time)                                  PNC
City Managers
Dec 2001 - 23 Feb 2005     Bernard Kipit (2nd time)
                             (acting from Oct 2004)
23 Feb 2005 - Jun 2005     Iva Kola (f) (acting)
Jun 2005 - Oct 2006        Peter Nathan Loko                  (b. 1961?)
Oct 2006 - Nov 2006        Leslie Alu (acting)
Governors
Nov 2006 - 17 Aug 2007     Wari James Vele                                         NAP

17 Aug 2007 -              Powes Parkop                                            Non-party



New Ireland

[New Ireland Province (Papua
                New Guinea)]

Premiers
1977 - 1986                Robert Seeto
1987 - 1990                Pedi Anis
1990 - 1993                Demas Kavuvu
1993 - 1995                Samson Gila
Governors
Aug 1995 - 1997            Wilson Peni
Jul 1997 - 2002            Paul Tohian                        (b. 1949 - d. 2004)  PPP
Aug 2002 - 2007            Ian Ling-Stuckey                   (b. 1959)            PGU
2007 -                     Sir Julius Chan                    (b. 1939)            PPP


North Solomons: see Bougainville entry under Papua New Guinea



Oro (Northern)

[Oro Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

1975                       Northern province (also called Northern province)

Premiers
1977                       Edric Eupu
1977 - 1983                Mark Taua                                               Non-party
1983 - 1985                Conway Ihova
1985 - 1987                Dennis Kageni
1987 - 1988                Bensen Ariembo
1988 - 1989                Newman Mongagi                                          NAP
1989                       Lionel Handu
1990                       Kingsley Gegeyo
1991                       Parminus Cuthbert
1991 - 1992                Benstead Atoto
1992 - 1995                Douglas Garawa                                          Non-party
Governors
Aug 1995 - 2002            Sylvanus Siembo                    (b. 1951)            PGU
                             (suspended 14 Sep - 10 Nov 1998)

Aug 2002 - 27 Jun 2007     Bani Hoivo                         (b. 1966? - d. 2007)NAP;2007PNGLP
2007 - 2012                Suckling Tamanabae                                      UP  
2012 -                     Garry Juffa



Sandaun (West Sepik)
 
[former flag Sandaun Province (Papua New
                      Guinea)]                      Former flag  c.1975 - c.1983 [Sandaun
                      Province (Papua New Guinea)]                    Current flag

1975                       West Sepik province
1989                       Also called Sandaun province.

Premiers
1978 - 1980                Jacob Talis
1980 - 1982                Adam Amod                                               Non-party
1982 - 1984                Andrew Komboni
1984 - 1987                Paul Langro                        (b. 1936 - d. 2007)  UP
May 1987 - Aug 1988        Government suspended
1988 - 1992                Egbert Yalu                                             PPP
1993 - 1995                Aloitch Peien                                           Non-party
Governors
Aug 1995 - 2000            John Tekwie                        (b. 1961)            Non-party
2000 - Aug 2002            Robert Sakias                                           PAP
Aug 2002 - 2007            Carlos Kalang Yuni                                      PNGLP
2007 - 2012                Simon Solo                                              NAP
2012 -                     Akmat Mai



Simbu

[Simbu Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]

1975                       Chimbu province (later spelled Simbu).

Premiers
1976 - 1978                Siwi Kurondo
1978 - 1984                Mathew Siune                                            PDM
1984 - 1986                Government suspended
1986 - 1988                Peter Gul
1988 - 1992                David Mai
1992 - 1993                Edward Bare
1993 - 1995                Edward Aba
Governors
Aug 1995 - Aug 1997        Yauwe Riyong                       (b. 1953)            PPP
Aug 1997 - Jun 1998        Louis Ambane (1st time)            (b. 1943? - d. 2003) NAP
Jun 1998 - Apr 1999        Simeon Philip Gama Wai                                  PNC
Apr 1999 - 10 May 2003     Louis Ambane (2nd time)            (s.a.)               NAP
May 2003 - 17 Jun 2003     Sine Yaldrua Kelaga (acting) 
17 Jun 2003 - 10 Aug 2004  Alphonse Willie                    (b. 1958)            NAP
10 Aug 2004 - 2007         Peter Launa                                             URP
2007 - 2012                John Garia                                              PNGP
2012 -                     Noah Kool



Southern Highlands

[Southern Highlands Province
                (Papua New Guinea)]

Premiers
1978 - 19 Jun 1980         Andrew Andaija                     (d. 1980)
1980 - 1985                Tegi Ebeial                        (b. 1939? - d. 2003)
1985 - 1990                Yaungtine Koromba
1990 - 1992                Albert Mokai
Oct 1992 - Aug 1995        Government suspended
Governors 
Aug 1995 - 1997            Dick Mune                          (d. 1997)
Jul 1997 - Dec 2001        Anderson Pawa Agiru (1st time)                          Non-party
                             (suspended from 13 Oct 2000)
Dec 2001 - 11 Dec 2001     Tom Tomiape (acting)                                    UP
11 Dec 2001 - 14 Dec 2001  Uhae Iabo (caretaker)
Dec 2001 - Jan 2002        Anderson Pawa Agiru (2nd time)                          Non-party
                             (suspended)
Jan 2002 - Sep 2002        Wambi Nondi (acting)                                    Non-party

Sep 2002 - May 2003        Sir Peter Barter (caretaker)       (b. 1940)            Non-party
May 2003 - 2007            Nipa Hami Yawari                                        PDM
                             (suspended 1 Aug 2006 - 1 Mar 2007)
2007 - 2012                Anderson Pawa Agiru (3rd time)                          URP
2012 -                     William Powi



West New Britain

[West New Britain Province
                (Papua New Guinea)]

Premiers
1978 - 1987                Bernard Vogae (1st time)           (b. 1940 - d. 2000)  NAP
1987 - 1988                Joseph Lehen
1988 - 1993                Robert Lawrence                                         PNGLP
1993 - 1995                Bernard Vogae (2nd time)           (s.a.)               NAP
Governors
Aug 1995 - Jul 1997        Lukas Waka                         (b. 1943)
Jul 1997 - Mar 2000        Bernard Vogae                      (s.a.)               NAP
Mar 2000 - Jun 2000        Isidore Teli
Jun 2000 - 2007            Clement Nakmai                                          Non-party
2007 - 2012                Peter Humphreys                                         NAP
2012 -                     Sasindran Muthuvel


West Sepik: see Sandaun



Western

[Western Province (Papua New
                Guinea)]
 

....                       Western province (also called Fly River).

Premiers
1977 - 1983                Tatie Olewale                      (d. 2004)
1983 - 1985                Semai Aitowai
1985 - 1988                Government suspended
1988 - 1991                Norbert Makmop                                          Non-party
1992 - 1995                Isidore Kaseng
Governors
Aug 1995 - 1997            Dere Wamaro                                             PNGNP
Jul 1997 - 2002            Norbert Makmop                                          Non-party
Aug 2002 - 2012            Bob Tawa Danaya                    (b. 1955)            PNGLP
2012 -                     Ati Wobiro



Western Highlands

[former
                      Western Highlands Province (Papua New Guinea)]                       Former Flag [Western
                      Highlands Province (Papua New Guinea)]                       Current Flag

Premiers
1978 - 1984                Nambuga Mara
1984                       Kagel Koroka
1984 - 1987                Philip Kapal (1st time)
Mar 1987 - Dec 1987        Government suspended
Dec 1987 - 1990            Philip Kapal (2nd time)
1990 - 1992                Lukas Roika
Dec 1992 - Aug 1995        Government suspended
Governors
Aug 1995 - Jul 1997        Paias Wingti (1st time)            (b. 1951)            PDM
Jul 1997 - 13 Aug 2002     Robert Lak                         (b. 19.. - d. 2006)  Non-party
13 Aug 2002 - 2007         Paias Wingti (2nd time)            (s.a.)               PDM
20 Aug 2007 - 2012         Tom Olga                                                Non-party
2012 -                     Paias Wingti (3rd time)            (s.a.)






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