9,870 (1999 SIL).
Western Province, north central New Georgia, Roviana and Vonavona lagoons.
3 (Wider communication).
Being supplanted as lingua franca by Pijin [pis] in Western Province; now used as L2 in Western Province and as far north as Buka and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, mainly by those over 30 years old. 16,000 L2 users (1987 UBS).