Western Highlands Province

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Western Highlands Province
Flag of Western Highlands Province
Western Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea
Western Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea
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Country Papua New Guinea
Capital Mount Hagen
 • Governor Paias Wingti 2012-
 • Total 4,299 km2 (1,660 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 362,580
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Western Highlands is a province of Papua New Guinea. The provincial capital is Mount Hagen. The province covers an area of 4,299 km², and there are 362,850 inhabitants (2011 census), making the Western Highlands the most densely populated province (apart from the National Capital District). Tea and coffee are grown in the Western Highlands.

Split to create Jiwaka Province

In July 2009, Parliament passed legislation to create two new provinces by 2012. One of these was to be created by removing Jimi District, North Waghi District, and the South Waghi part of Anglimp-South Waghi District from the Western Highlands Province to form the new Jiwaka Province.[1] "Jiwaka" is a portanteau word combining the first two letters each of Jimi, Waghi and Kambia.

Jiwaka Province officially came into being on 17 May 2012.[2]


The Western Highlands economy is primarily based on coffee. Coffee is grown on plantations and small-holder blocks. They are picked, dried and processed for export. In addition, tea is also a major crop grown and processed, but in plantations by W. R. Carpenter & Co Ltd for local consumption and export. Apart from these, vegetables are grown for the domestic market, and sold mainly to markets Lae and Port Moresby.[clarification needed]

Districts and LLGs

Since the separation of Jiwaka there are now 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]

District District Capital LLG Name
Dei District Dei Muglamp Rural
Kotna Rural
Mount Hagen District Mount Hagen Mount Hagen Rural
Mount Hagen Urban
Mul-Baiyer District Baiyer Baiyer Rural
Lumusa Rural
Mul Rural
Tambul-Nebilyer District Nebilyer Mount Giluwe Rural
Nebilyer Rural

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 an open electorate. The following table lists Members before and after the 2007 general election.

Electorate Previous member (party) 2007 winner (party)
Western Highlands Provincial Paias Wingti (PDM) Tom Olga (Independent) [4]
Baiyer-Mul Open Kuri Kingal (PDM) Sani Rambi (NA) [5][6]
Dei Open Melchior Pep (RDP) Puri Ruing (PNGP) [7]
Hagen Open William Duma (URP) William Duma (URP) [5]
Tambul-Nebilyer Open Mark Anis (PDM) Benjamin Poponawa (elected as Independent then joined NA)[8]


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  2. "PNG’S new province Hela, Jiwaka declared", The National, 17 May 2012
  3. National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
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