East Sepik Province
Is Sepik Provins (Tok Pisin)
Near Wewak
Near Wewak
Flag of East Sepik Province
East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea
East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 4°20′S 143°15′E / 4.333°S 143.250°E / -4.333; 143.250
CountryPapua New Guinea
 • GovernorAllan Bird
 • Total43,426 km2 (16,767 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
 • Total450,530
 • Density10/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
HDI (2018)0.538[1]
low · 16th of 22

East Sepik is a province in Papua New Guinea. Its capital is Wewak. East Sepik has an estimated population of 433,481 people (2010 census) and is 43,426 km square in size.


Cherubim Dambui was appointed as East Sepik's first premier by Prime Minister Michael Somare upon the creation of the provincial government in 1976.[2] Dambui remained interim premier until 1979, when he became East Sepik's permanent premier with a full term.[2] He remained in office until 1983.[2]


Wewak, the provincial capital, is located on the coast of East Sepik. There are a scattering of islands off shore, and coastal ranges dominate the landscape just inland of the coast. The remainder of the province's geography is dominated by the Sepik River, which is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of water flow and is known for flooding[3]—the river's level can alter by as much as five metres in the course of the year as it rises and falls. The southern areas of the province are taken up by the Hunstein Range and other mountain ranges which form the central cordillera and feed the Sepik River.

Districts 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.[4][5][6]

District District Capital LLG Name
Ambunti-Dreikikier District Ambunti Ambunti Rural
Tunap-Hunstein Range Rural
Gawanga Rural
Dreikikier Rural
Angoram District Angoram Angoram-Middle Sepik Rural
Keram Rural
Karawari Rural
Yuat Rural
Maprik District Maprik Albiges-Mablep Rural
Bumbita-Muhian Rural
Maprik-Wora Rural
Yamil-Tamaui Rural
Wewak District Wewak Boikin- LLG Rural
Turubu Rural
Wewak Islands Rural
Wewak Local
Wewak Urban
Wosera-Gawi District Wosera Burui-Kunai Rural
Gawi Rural
North Wosera Rural
South Wosera Rural
Yangoru-Saussia District Yangoru East Yangoru Rural
Numbor Rural
Sausso Rural
West Yangoru Rural

Provincial leaders

The province was governed by a decentralised provincial administration, headed by a Premier, from 1976 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.[7][8]

Premiers (1976–1995)

Premier Term
Cherubim Dambui 1976–1983
Jonathan Sengi 1983–1987
Bruce Samban 1987–1991
Provincial government suspended 1991–1993
Alex Anisi 1993–1995

Governors (1995–present)

Governor Term
Michael Somare 1995–1999
Arthur Somare 1999–2003
Henry Ariro 2003–2005
Peter Waranaka 2005–2012
Michael Somare 2012-2017
Allan Bird 2017–2022
Allan Bird 2022-present

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.

Electorate Member
East Sepik Provincial Allan Bird
Ambunti-Dreikikir Open Johnson Wapunai
Angoram Open Salio Waipo
Maprik Open Gabriel Kapris
Wewak Open Stanley Muts Samban
Wosera-Gaui Open Joseph Yopyyopy
Yangoru-Saussia Open Richard Maru


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  3. ^ "Sepik River". Rainbow Habitat. Archived from the original on 2007-05-31.
  4. ^ National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
  5. ^ "Final Figures". www.nso.gov.pg. 2011 National Population and Housing Census: Ward Population Profile. Port Moresby: National Statistical Office, Papua New Guinea. 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  6. ^ "Census Figures by Wards - Momase Region". www.nso.gov.pg. 2011 National Population and Housing Census: Ward Population Profile. Port Moresby: National Statistical Office, Papua New Guinea. 2014. Archived from the original on 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
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