The PNG V12 women’s team snatched the gold from the defending champions in just 9 nano seconds.
They clocked 2 min 26:61 while Tahiti clocked 2 min 26:70 in front of PNG supporters at the Naval Lancron Bay in Port Moresby.
The first medal for a PNG team was won by a women’s team in the 2005 Palau Mini Pacific Games.
Senior canoeist Nellie Tetaga was part of that team that won the bronze medal.
The canoeists stepped up their efforts in the 2013 Mini Pacific Games in Wallis and Futuna where the women won a silver each in the V12 500m and V6m events.