15,000 (2000 census).
Central Province, Bereina district, near Kairuku, Hall Sound shores, between Yule island and mainland, northwest of Port Moresby.
Paitana, Roro, Waima. Roro and Paitana populations smaller and scattered. Lexical similarity: 45% with Kuni [kse] (most similar), 99% among all 3 dialects. All agree Waima is the main dialect.
Home, traditional ceremonies, play, public meetings, religious services.