Jiwaka Province
Jiwaka Provins (Tok Pisin)
Flag of Jiwaka Province
Jiwaka Province in Papua New Guinea
Jiwaka Province in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 6°0′S 144°35′E / 6.000°S 144.583°E / -6.000; 144.583
CountryPapua New Guinea
 • GovernorSimon Kaiwi (2022-)
 • Total4,798 km2 (1,853 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
 • Total343,987
 • Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
HDI (2018)0.539[1]
low · 15th of 22

Jiwaka is a province of Papua New Guinea. The government gazetted provincial capital is located in Kurumul. Temporarily all provincial matters are handled in Minj after the election of the new Governor in 2022 general elections. Matters concerning each district are dealt with at their respective district administration office.

The province covers an area of 4,798 km²,[2] and there are 343,987 inhabitants (2011 census final figures[3]—2000 census 185,641). Jiwaka province officially came into being on 17 May 2012,[4] comprising three districts[5][6] previously part of Western Highlands Province. Mount Wilhelm, the tallest mountain in Papua New Guinea, is on the border of Jiwaka.


"Jiwaka" is a portmanteau word combining the first two letters each from the word Jimi, Waghi and Kambia. Jimi, Waghi and Kambia denote the topographical landscape referencing the Valley (Waghi Valley) and the mountain ranges at the north (Jimi) and south (Kambia).

Districts and LLGs

There are eight LLGs in Jiwaka's four districts of Minj, Banz, Nondugl and Jiimi. Anglimp rural, Kudjip rural, Minj rural, Minj urban, Nondugl, Banz urban, Banz rural, and Jimi LLGS. 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.[7][8][9]

District District Capital LLG Name
Anglimp-South Waghi District Minj Anglimp Rural
South Waghi Rural
Jimi District Tabibuga Jimi Rural
Kol Rural
North Waghi District Banz North Waghi Rural
Nondugl Rural

Provincial leaders

Chairman of the Jiwaka Transitional Authority (2010–2012)

Philip Kapal was later Knighted for his service to PNG politics and the people of Jiwaka.

His term as Chairman during the transitional period has never been smooth. He was met with stiff opposition from individuals with vested political interest. Late Jamie Maxtone-Graham who was member for Anglimp South Waghi moved a 'Private Member's bill in Parliament to have sitting members as Chairman. That law was passed and Benjamin Mul who was North Waghi MP got the nod following rigorous lobbying by Mul and Jamie's cohorts. Following that, there was a spate of court battles leading to the inaugural general elections in 2012.

Chairman Term
Philip Kapal 2010–2011

Governors (2012–present)

Governor Term
William Tongamp 2012–2022
Simon Kaiwi 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
Jiwaka Provincial Simon Kaiwi
Anglimp-South Waghi Open Joe Kuli
Jimi Open Wake Goi
North Waghi Open Benjamin Mul


Jiwaka is located in a very fertile land (Waghi Valley). The Waghi River runs between the valley and most of the people benefit out of it. Besides the Waghi River, the land is naturally fertile and people harvest the best food from it. The 3 resources of the Jiwaka people are coffee, tea and human resources. (SKM-Manda Dam-Tukoi)


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  2. ^ "Western Highlands Province" (PDF). The National Research Institute. March 2010. Sections for Angalimp South Waghi, Jimi & North Waghi Districts. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  3. ^ "Population at a glance". Archived from the original on 2016-03-27. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  4. ^ "Hela, Jiwaka declared". The National (Papua New Guinea). 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  5. ^ John Pangkatana (2011-09-29). "Anglimp to vote under Jiwaka". Post-Courier Online. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  6. ^ Yvonne Haip (2012-03-16). "Leaders: Anglimp roll is flawed". The National. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  7. ^ National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea
  8. ^ "Census Figures by Wards - Highlands 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 2019-05-18. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  9. ^ "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.