5,500 (2004 SIL). 700 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 7,000.
East New Britain Province, Pomio district, southeast coast and inland near Cape Dampier.
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 65% Tok Pisin, 40% English. Growing interest. Taught in primary schools. NT: 2009.
People who marry into Lote group are encouraged to learn it.