5,500 (2004 SIL). 700 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 7,000.
East New Britain province: Pomio district, southeast coast and inland near Cape Dampier.
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 65% in Tok Pisin [tpi], 40% in English [eng]. Growing interest. Taught in primary schools. Literature. NT: 2009.
Latin script [Latn].
People who marry into Lote group are encouraged to learn it.