Manus Province

Coordinates: 2°5′S 147°0′E / 2.083°S 147°E / -2.083; 147

Manus Province
—  Province  —

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Country  Papua New Guinea
Capital Lorengau
Government
 - Governor Michael Sapau (2007-)
Area
 - Total 810.8 sq mi (2,100 km2)
Population (2000)
 - Total 43,387
 - Density 53.5/sq mi (20.7/km2)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Manus Province is the smallest province in Papua New Guinea with a land area of 2,100 km², but with more than 220,000 km² of water. The capital of the province is Lorengau and the total population is 43,387 (2000 census).

The province is made up of the Admiralty Islands (a group of 18 islands in the Bismarck Archipelago) and Wuvulu Island and nearby atolls in the west. The largest island in the group is Manus Island where Lorengau is located.

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Economy

The primary industries are coconut cultivation and bech de mer (sea cucumber) fishing. Among scuba divers, the Islands have a reputation as a good diving destination with colorful marine life, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and clear water. The Current Governor of the Province is Michael T Sapau.

History

The archipelago became a German protectorate in 1880 and an Australian mandate in 1920.

During World War II the archipelago was occupied by the Japanese who established a small base in April 1942 near the village of Rossun on Manus Island. They also built the first landing strip entirely by manpower at the eastern Point of Los Negros Island in Momote.

On 29 February 1944 during World War II, the Admiralty Islands were invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur. The Americans quickly built a big base at Seeadler Harbor, including harbour, wharves and an airbase, which became an important base for the further war operations in New Guinea as well as on the Philippines. The base is today used by the PNG Defence Force.

District and LLGs

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.[1]

District District Capital LLG Name
Manus District Lorengau Aua-Wuvulu Rural
Balopa Rural
Bisikani-Soparibeu Kabin Rural
Lelemadih-Bupi Chupei Rural
Lorengau Urban
Los Negros Rural
Nali Sopat-Penabu Rural
Nigoherm Rural
Pobuma Rural
Pomutu-Kurti-Andra Rural
Rapatona Rural
Tetidu Rural

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