13,000 (2009), increasing. 60% live in greater Nouméa. The 2009 census figure of 15,586 includes many second language speakers. Population figure adapted from 2009 census.
Loyalty Islands, Lifou and Tiga.
Minimal dialect difference between the 3 districts of Wetr, Gaica and Mu.
Word order depends on tense
Vigorous. Widely spoken church and regional language. Positive attitudes.