Location within New Britain and Ireland
|Coordinates: 4°21′00″S 152°16′25″E / 4.35000°S 152.27361°E|
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Province||East New Britain|
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|• Main languages||Kuanua, Tok Pisin, English|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|Location||20 km (12 mi) from Rabaul|
|Mean max temp||31.0 °C (87.8 °F)|
|Mean min temp||23.3 °C (73.9 °F)|
|Annual rainfall||2,003 mm (78.86 in)|
Kokopo is the capital of East New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The capital was moved from Rabaul in 1994 when the volcanoes Tavurvur and Vulcan erupted. As a result, the population of the town increased more than sixfold from 3,150 in 1990 to 20,262 in 2000.
Kokopo was known as Herbertshöhe [Herberts Heights] during the German New Guinea administration which controlled the area between 1884 and formally until 1919. Until 1910 it was the capital of the German colonial administration.
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, a strong earthquake, of a preliminary magnitude of at least 7.5, which if confirmed would be the strongest earthquake in the world up to that point for 2015, was recorded near Kokopo, and a tsunami warning was issued. This was surpassed a month later by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, which measured a magnitude 7.8.
The remains of the former capital Rabaul are located some 20 km (12 mi) to the north-east of Kokopo, when using the Kokopo-Rabaul Highway. There are still some 4,000 inhabitants in Rabaul, down from over 17,000 before the latest volcanic eruption.
Rabaul Airport (also called Tokua Airport), one of Papua New Guinea's largest domestic airports, is located a few kilometres east of Kokopo.
The Papua New Guinea Hunters (PNG Hunters) are a rugby league football club based in Kokopo. They were established in 2013 and currently compete in the QRL's Entrust Super Cup. The Hunters' home ground is Kalabond Oval in Kokopo and their team colours are red, black and gold.
- PNG Census 2000
- "Papua New Guinea gain entry to Queensland Cup 2014". ABC News. 28 November 2013.
- Pangkatana, John (24 December 2013). "Q-Cup name unveiled". The National.