5,000 (2003 SIL), increasing. Ethnic population: 5,000, including 3,500 in the traditional area (2000 SIL).
New Ireland Province, Saint Matthias Islands, Mussau and Emira northwest of Kavieng; Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka, and Madang.
Eastern Mussau, Emira, Southern Mussau, Western Mussau.
Vigorous. Spoken by nearly all. Passed on to children in the traditional area, and some elsewhere, except in mixed marriages. Tenis ethnic group also uses Emira. Youth tend to prefer Tok Pisin [tpi] (2007). Most domains, local administration, commerce, education in early grades, oral and some written use in church, personal letters. All ages. Positive attitudes. All but the youngest use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Also use English [eng].