13,000 (2009), increasing. 60% live in greater Nouméa. Population figure adapted from 2009 census figure of 15,586 includes many second language speakers.
Loyalty Islands, Lifou and Tiga.
Minimal dialect difference between the 3 districts of Wetr, Gaica and Mu.
Word order depends on tense.
Vigorous. Fairly widely spoken church and regional language, although this use decreasing with increase of French [fra]. Positive attitudes.
Latin script [Latn].