City Manager's Welcome

In this age of great information superhighways and exploding social media platforms, it is incumbent upon city governments such as the National Capital District Commission to create and maintain strong public profiles especially as the bulk of our business deals directly with the public of our cities and towns.

Lately at the NCDC, we have been investing quite heavily in community empowerment, city planning and redevelopment, educational capacity-building, as well as heightening our engagement with our various sister-cities within the Asia-Pacific region.

As such, the need for a good website to enhance these efforts has long been outstanding and so, it is with pleasure that I welcome you to the upgraded and updated website of the National Capital District Commission.

We have chosen a Content Management System framework that returns website administrative powers back to the Commission, which means, the information that is being shared now is detailed, relevant and fresh. This capacity also elevates the website from being a mere publicity tool to becoming a necessary mechanism for the delivery of services by the three service-delivery arms of the Commission – the Engineering, Community & Social, and Regulatory services. This is whilst availing itself as an interactive and exciting tool for our users within the city and worldwide.

Our framework caters for a wide range of information publishing, including the Commission’s Roles and Functions as a corporate government entity, the various services we offer within each of the three arms, policies and laws, news publications, events and happenings, as well as a blog that carries messages directly from the Governor and leading managers of NCDC.

Because of our engagement with schools of National Capital District in upgrading their internet and research facilities, our Website writers and technicians are continually working to expand the content by including material relevant on Port Moresby, the NCDC and efficient links to other sites and sources. We encourage schools to use this website for your projects and research matters.

For the Visitor & Tourist to Port Moresby, we also have a separate Page that provides in detail the information that is needed to make your visit enjoyable and successful.

I welcome you all to our upgraded, updated NCDC website. I most certainly hope you find it useful, interactive and most importantly,  a worthwhile tool that helps you to link with us as we work together to make Port Moresby a better and more dynamic place to live in.

Yours most sincerely,



Roles and Functions

THE National Capital District Commission (NCDC, NCD Commission or the Commission) is the municipal government of the City of Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea.

It is established by an act of Parliament called the National Capital District Commission Act, the legislative framework that spells out the entity as the governing body for the City and under which the Commission invokes its powers to operate, largely for the purposes of providing civic services to the people of Port Moresby. The NCDC Act specifies all the areas the Commission is responsible for, the activities it is to pursue, and the avenues it can utilise to generate revenues to keep itself operational. As such, the Commission has the powers to legislate by drafting and passing its own by-laws, it can acquire, dispose of, mortgage or pledge property land or buildings, develop or improve land, construct buildings and invest monies.

The National Capital District Commission of Port Moresby is politically headed by the Governor of National Capital District who also heads the municipal assembly, known as the National Capital District Commission Board. Administratively, the City Manager is the head of the National Capital District Commission. He commands a 10-member Executive Management Committee comprising key managers of the Commission, as well as a 750-strong workforce.

The Commission is structurally divided into four arms with three of these dedicated to delivering services to the Port Moresby populace. These are the Engineering Department, the Community & Social Services Department, and the Regulatory Services Department. The Corporate Services Department caters to the needs of the Commission as an entity, making sure all the internal functions are supported and in good working order. Each of these departments are headed by its own deputy city manager with divisional managers directly below them responsible for their respective staff and divisional functions.

The supporting functions of the Commission such as Legal Services, Public Relations, Events, Transport, Policy, Tourism Promotion, are each appropriately placed under Corporate Services Department or a sectional/departmental head where the support is directly need.

Finance and Administration is involved in formulating policies, controlling expenditures and expanding the Commission’s revenue base. Finance’s primary responsibility is budgeting, expanding the revenue base to meet the demands, cash flow management, treasury functions, book-keeping, processing and authentication of expenditure claims, debt recovery management, Management Information System via financial reporting, external audits, liaise with Constitutional offices such as Auditor General Office, Public Accounts Committee & Ombudsman Commission and producing various reports like operation reports. Human Resource, Information Technology, Administration & Security also form the body of Finance & Administration Function which lend support to the overall workings of the NCD Commission as ‘special functions’.

The service-delivery arms of the NCDC are as follows:


The Engineering Department is responsible for the provision of all infrastructure facilities in the City. This include roads and bridges, drains, street and traffic lights, maintenance for all these amenities, and the design of all the infrastructure.


The objectives of the Community & Social Services Department are to promote community awareness and provide facilities that preserves and enhances public health and hygiene, to ensure clean and reliable water supply system and effective sanitation collection and disposal system compatible to WHO Standards, to adequately provide educational facilities and support to attain integral human development, to provide adequate community amenities to maximize social participation and interaction, to support Law enforcement agencies in ensuring harmonious and orderly co-existence, to protect and safeguard the well-being of the community and to provide services to the community through the ward system.

The Department comprises these seven divisions – Social Services, Health, Waste Management, Education, Local Level Governments, Urban Safety, and Parks & Gardens – which are again sub-divided into sections according to their various functions.

As such Social Services Division comprises Law & Order, Women, Women & Youth Affairs and Mini Markets. Waste Management Division includes Collection & Transportation, Street Cleaning & Hazardous Waste, Disposals, and Projects. Health Division is responsible for Vector Control, Dog Pound, Cemetery, Environmental Health, Informal Sector Development and Markets. Parks & Garden Division caters for City Cleaning, Parks, Recreational Areas, Open Reserves, and Tree Hill Plantations. Local Level Government Division covers Local Level Government, District Administration and Disaster Management. Education Division looks after all the schools within NCD. And Urban Safety Division aims to address security and safety issues of Port Moresby.


The Regulatory Services Department caters for all regulatory control within the city, covering Physical Planning, Licensing, Development Control and Hetura Project.

The objective of this division is to ensure that the developments are orderly, planned and well-coordinated. It identifies, designs, constructs, and maintains infrastructures and building programs to approved standards. It also ensures that the environment is sound and clean and conforming to World Health Standards. This develops an efficient and appropriate public system and to design a planned settlement program.

Department of Regulatory Services consists of five major divisions with Physical Planning, Development Control, Building, Lands and Licensing. The division also runs a capacity building project known as Hetura Project in conjunction with Townsville City Council and Department of National Planning and Health.

Corporate Aspirations


Living and Working Together to Build the Best Capital City in the South Pacific.


To manage the National Capital District for Balanced and Sustainable Growth by Imparting Effective Basic and Vital Civic Services.


INTEGRITY: We uphold honesty and absolute integrity without compromising the truth in all our dealings with our employees, our clients and our stakeholders. We build upon good governance and corporate credibility.

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY: We recognise our due responsibility as the municipal service provider and therefore we insist on having the motivation, knowledge and ability to actively participate and taking leadership as well as ownership over any challengers confronted by the National Capital District.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: We value our customers and stakeholders as a key to our existence and there, we strive for excellence in our operations and service delivery, always ensure we meet and exceed our customers’ and stakeholders expectations in order to maintain their support.

TEAMWORK & PROFESSIONALISM: We value teamwork and strive for a workplace where opportunity, openness, enthusiasm, diversity, accountability and a sense of purpose combine to provide a rewarding professional experience that promotes fairness, dignity, respect sand supportive of each other’s efforts, loyal to one another, and care for each other both personally and professionally in order to corporately attain the Commission’s goals in an effective and efficient manner.


POLITICAL GOOD GOVERNANCE: The National Capital District Commission promotes equality, participation, pluralism, transparency, accountability and the Rule of Law. It is, therefore, always in pursuit of becoming more effective, efficient, responsive and sustainable over the long run. The Commission is focused to moving the National Capital District toward achieving an ideal social economic development status and to be on par with cities like Brisbane (Australia), Wellington (New Zealand) and Melbourne (Australia). The Commission believes this can be attained through providing an environment conducive for fostering economic growth, social well-being, urban development and a sustainable livelihood.

STRONG LEADERSHIP: As the municipal authority and the leading provincial government in Papua New Guinea, the National Capital District Commission through its Management is able to direct itself effectively. NCDC is now in a position where it knows how to get things done by working toward a goal that is greater than itself – that is for the National Capital District community, the country of PNG and the Pacific region. The Commission strives to leads by example and understands the local socio-economic challenges. It is also open to change and takes initiatives in its operations.

STAKEHOLDER INTEGRATION: The National Capital District Commission’s ability to execute its operations is the ultimate determinant of its success and the effective execution of its roles and functions cannot be performed in a vacuum. In this context, the Commission has and always embraces the ideals of public private partnership as to which an understanding of stakeholder-based innovations, strategies, systems and processes have been encompassed. This is necessary for a well-groomed vibrant community that is working towards its own betterment.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY: The National Capital District Commission continues to collaborate with the National Government and other private agencies to improve capacity in implementing urban policies supportive of local economic development and the creation of decent jobs. The Commission is dedicated to creating a conducive environment for economic sustainability by facilitating markets for local food producers, support small businesses and international corporations to actively participate in activities in pursuit of achieving not only its vision but also the National Development Goals.


1974:     National Capital District declared an administrative area.

1975:     Port Moresby, the main centre of NCD, declared as the Capital City of Papua New Guinea by the National Parliament at Independence.

1981:     Establishment of the Commission of Inquiry to work on the future government for NCD following representation by traditional landowners, the Motu-Koitabu people of Port Moresby.

1982:     The passing of the National Capital District Government (Preparatory Arrangements) Act 1982 on 12 May which established two new institutions of local government for the city. The purpose of the Act was to a) establish an Interim Government for NCD and b)   make preparatory arrangements for the establishment of a government as required by Section 4 (4) of the Constitution of Papua New Guinea.

The establishment of the Motu Koitabu Interim Assembly under this law. The MKIA had powers and rights to legislate in ten Motu Koitabu villages and associated customary-held land within the NCD.

The establishment of the National Capital District Interim Commission (NCDIC).  NCDIC took on board all municipal responsibilities of the former Port Moresby City Council together with powers provided for under the 1982 Act with jurisdiction for the whole of the    NCD except those areas which Motu Koitabu Interim Assembly (MKIA) had responsibility.

1990:     The passing of the National Capital District Commission Act 1990 which established the permanent government for NCD from 5 November 1990. The Act called for the amalgamation of MKIA with NCDIC to become National Capital District Commission.

1992:     Amendments were made to the 1990 Act to allow for the establishment of the Motu Koitabu Council (MKA). Under the National Capital District (Amendment) Act 1992, Motu Koitabu Council was established on 30 November 1992.

1995:     To cater for the establishment of more administrative sub-divisions in National Capital District, more changes were made to the governing legislation. Under the National Capital District Commission (Amendment) Act 1995, a more comprehensive system of government for the District was born. It comprised the NCDC, MKA, and local level governments for NCD.

2001:     The re-establishment of National Capital District Commission as a corporation with the passing of the National Capital District Commission Act 2001 on 14 December 2001. With this Act, everything preceding it was repealed and the NCDC was re-established as a corporation with perpetual succession and having a common seal. The government of NCD thereafter comprised National Capital District Commission and Motu Koitabu Council.

Management Profiles




Leslie Alu joined the National Capital District Commission in February 1989 where he started as an Engineer Class One. He had previously worked for PNG Electricity Commission (now PNG Power) after graduating from PNG University of Technology in 1983.

Mr Alu has worked his way up from being a junior engineer in various engineering sections such in Technical Unit, Development Control Unit, Plant & Transport section before being appointed as the Deputy City Manager Engineering in March 2006.

He has also worked with the Physical and Planning Section as a Transport Planner after completing a Master’s Degree in Traffic and Transportation Engineering Science at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Mr Alu has been the City Manager of Port Moresby since October 2006.



Simon Vai has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia besides a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from PNG University of Technology. He is a member of the PNG Institute of Engineers and also the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Mr. Vai began his career with National Capital District Commission in 1991 as the engineer responsible for the supply of water in Port Moresby during the days when NCDC still had water functions as part of its responsibilities.

As project engineer from 2000 to 2005, some of the better-known engineering projects undertaken under him were the Healy Parade Reconstruction and Waigani Drive/Hubert Murray Highway Intersection Roundabout among others.

As the Deputy City Manager – Engineering, Mr. Vai oversees the management of up to K100million annual budget and makes sure that the Engineering Department carries out its respective roles and functions effectively and efficiently.

Mr Vai comes from Hanuabada Village, National Capital District of Papua New Guinea.




Ted Lulu began his public service career as a high school teacher but because of his aptitude for planning, eventually ended up working for the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), stationed in Suva, Fiji.

Mr Lulu holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Geography from the University of Papua New Guinea and has also attained various internationally accredited certificates in school of Government and Public Policy. He is also currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Program with the Australian Institute of Business.  Mr Lulu also has donor/international aid project management background and experience

Beginning as a high school teacher, Ted Lulu went on to become a Physical Planner with Department of Lands & Physical Planning. He was instrumental in putting together the Mt. Hagen City Urban Development & Expansion Plan in partnership with Orange City Council of NSW in Australia while on secondment to Mt. Hagen City Council.

His biggest employment career highlight was his appointment to the CLG,  the Local government arm of the Commonwealth Secretariat as the Regional Project Officer of the Pacific and was based in Suva, Fiji Islands. During his term with CLGF, he was responsible for coordinating the development of local government programs & capacity building projects in over 9 Pacific Island Countries (Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga and PNG). One of the important highlights of his carrier achievements is the successful lobby of AusAID funding to support PNG and Australia local government to local government council twining & technical partnerships. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Mt. Hagen & Orange City Councils twining program, the Alotau & Sunshine Coast (formerly Noosa) Council, the Lae & Cairns City Council, Goroka Urban LLG & Hunter Valley Councils in NSW, Madang & Adelaide City Council, Kokopo & Mt. Baker Council in South Australia, and NCDC & Townsville City Council.

Mr Lulu brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of local government with strong regional and international exposure. He has served in NCDC as the Manager for Policy until his appointment as the  Deputy City Manager -  Community & Social Services.

Ted Lulu is from Lufa, Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.





Kenneth Atasoa has a Masters Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Curtin University of Technology, WA, Australia besides a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the Papua New Guinea University of Technology in Lae, Morobe Province.

Before holding down this role of DCM - Regulatory Services, Mr Atasoa was the Manager for NCDC Strategic Planning and before that, a planner in NCDC Transport & Infrastructure.

As the Deputy City Manager - Regulatory Services, Kenneth Atasoa is responsible for the overall administration of the Physical Planning Act and Regulation, Building Act and Regulation and Trade (and associated) Act and NCDC Liquor Licensing Law as well as squatter settlements upgrading programs and integration of Motu-Koitabu urban villages.

He is 41 years old (2017) and comes from a mixed parentage of New Ireland and Gulf provinces of Papua New Guinea.




Pinio Kalus is a career public servant who is among the longest-serving employees of the National Capital District Commission, having served almost 26 years at the NCD Commission. He began his employment with the NCDC in 1991 and rose up the corporate ladder. Mr Kalus became the Revenue Manager in 2007 and several years later, the Director for Finance, before his current role as the Deputy City Manager – Corporate Services.

He has a Bachelor of Business Management degree from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and a Diploma in Commerce from UPNG which he is still attempting to complete.

Mr. Kalus is from West New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea. He was born on 27 November 1968.