9,870 (1999 SIL). L2 users: 16,000 (1987 UBS).
Western province: north central New Georgia, Roviana and Vonavona lagoons.
3 (Wider communication). Being supplanted as lingua franca by Pijin [pis] in Western Province; now used as L2 in Western Province and as far north as Buka and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, mainly by those over 30 years old.
Latin script [Latn].