6,000 (2011 SIL). Ethnic population: 6,300.
Morobe province: Siassi district, Umboi and Rooke islands. 13 villages.
Vigorous. Retained despite pressure from Tok Pisin [tpi]. Use in first 3 years of primary education and geographic isolation on an island help language maintenance. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi], particularly with outsiders (health personnel, government officials, including police) and in church services along with Kovai.
Latin script [Latn].
All but 2 villages situated in an ancient caldera on this volcanic island. Traditional religion, Christian.