13,000 (Wurm and Hattori 1981).
West New Britain Province, Talasea district, especially Hoskins RLLG, and northwest coast, Biala RLLG, 42 villages; East New Britain Province, small area, Pomio district, Mamusi-West Pomio RLLG.
Bileki (Lakalai, Mamuga, Muku), Losa (Auka, Loso), Maututu, Ubae (Babata), Vere (Tarobi, Vele).
Latin script [Latn].
Major language of the Nakanai family. Christian, traditional religion.