Sandaun Province

Sandaun Province (formerly West Sepik Province) is the northwesternmost province of Papua New Guinea. It covers an area of 35,920 km2 (13868 m2) and has a population of 248,411 (2011 census). The capital is Vanimo. In July 1998 the area surrounding the town Aitape was hit by an enormous tsunami caused by a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake which killed over 2,000 people. The five villages along the west coast of Vanimo towards the International Border are namely; Lido, Waromo, Yako, Musu and Wutung.

Sandaun Province
West Sepik Province
Flag of Sandaun Province
Sandaun Province in Papua New Guinea
Sandaun Province in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 3°40′S 141°30′E / 3.667°S 141.500°E / -3.667; 141.500
CountryPapua New Guinea
 • GovernorTony Wouwou (2018-Present)
 • Total35,820 km2 (13,830 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
 • Total248,411
 • Density6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
HDI (2018)0.518[1]
low · 17th of 22


Sandaun is a Tok Pisin word derived from English "sun down," since the province is located in the west of the country, where the sun sets.[2]

Districts and LLGsEdit

There are four 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.[3][4][5]

District District Capital LLG Name
Aitape-Lumi District Aitape East Aitape Rural
East Wapei Rural
West Aitape Rural
West Wapei Rural
Nuku District Nuku Mawase Rural (Nuku)
Palmai Rural
Yangkok Rural
Maimai Wanwan Rural
Telefomin District Telefomin Namea Rural
Oksapmin Rural
Telefomin Rural
Yapsie Rural
Vanimo-Green River District Vanimo Amanab Rural
Bewani-Wutung-Onei Rural
Green River Rural
Vanimo Urban
Walsa Rural

Provincial leadersEdit

The province was governed by a decentralised provincial administration, headed by a Premier, from 1978 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.[6][7]

Premiers (1978–1995)Edit

Premier Term
Jacob Talis 1978–1980
Adam Amod 1980–1982
Andrew Komboni 1982–1984
Paul Langro 1984–1987
provincial government suspended 1987–1988
Egbert Yalu 1988–1992
Aloitch Peien 1993–1995

Governors (1995–present)Edit

Governor Term
John Tekwie 1995–2000
Robert Sakias 2000–2002
Carlos Yuni 2002–2007
Simon Solo 2007–2012
Amkat Mai 2012–2013, 2015–2017
Tony Wouwou 2017–present

Members of the National ParliamentEdit

The province and each district is represented by a Member of the National Parliament. There is one provincial electorate and each district is an open electorate.

Electorate Member
West Sepik Provincial Tony Wouwou
Aitape-Lumi Open Patrick Pruaitch
Nuku Open Joe Sungi
Telefomin Open Solan Mirisim
Vanimo-Green River Open Belden Namah


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Papua New Guinea Provinces". Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  3. ^ "National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea". Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Final Figures". 2011 National Population and Housing Census: Ward Population Profile. Port Moresby: National Statistical Office, Papua New Guinea. 2014.
  5. ^ "Census Figures by Wards - Momase Region". 2011 National Population and Housing Census: Ward Population Profile. Port Moresby: National Statistical Office, Papua New Guinea. 2014.
  6. ^ May, R. J. "8. Decentralisation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back". State and society in Papua New Guinea: the first twenty-five years. Australian National University. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Provinces". Retrieved 31 March 2017.

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