Kouaoua (French pronunciation: ​[kwawa]; in Ajië: Kaa Wi Paa; in Corsican: Quaua) is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Nickel mining is operated in Kouaoua.

Kouaoua opencast mine
Kouaoua opencast mine
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Location of Kouaoua
Coordinates: 21°23′53″S 165°49′05″E / 21.398°S 165.818°E / -21.398; 165.818Coordinates: 21°23′53″S 165°49′05″E / 21.398°S 165.818°E / -21.398; 165.818
Sui generis collectivityNew Caledonia
ProvinceNorth Province
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Alcide Ponga[1]
383.0 km2 (147.9 sq mi)
 (2019 census)[2]
 • Density3.4/km2 (8.8/sq mi)
Ethnic distribution
 • 2019 censusKanaks 89.34%
Europeans 2.07%
Wallisians and Futunans 0.38%
Mixed 4.91%
Other 3.3%
Time zoneUTC+11:00
INSEE/Postal code
98833 /98818
Elevation0–1,058 m (0–3,471 ft)
(avg. 5 m or 16 ft)
1 New Caledonia Land Register (DITTT) data, which exclude lakes and ponds larger than 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) as well as the estuaries of rivers.


The commune of Kouaoua was created on 25 April 1995 by detaching its territory from the commune of Canala.


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ Population, ménages et logement par commune, en 2019, Institut de la statistique et des études économiques Nouvelle-Calédonie