Bougainville farewelled 2015 and welcomed 2016 one hour earlier than other Provinces in Papua New Guinea last night.
This is because Bougainville started following the Bougainville Standard Time approved by the Bougainville House of Representatives in 2014.
Bougainville is one hour ahead of Papua New Guinea.
Meanwhile the Commander for the North Bougainville Police, Inspector SPENCER AILI is appealing again to the people of North Bougainville to celebrate the New Year peacefully with their families.
Inspector AILI said that the people of North Bougainville must not see the repeat of the accidents that occurred during the Christmas celebrations.
He said Police will continue to appeal to the people to make sure they celebrate the start of the new year peacefully.