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Next tier of Pacific rugby nations Oceania Cup

Cook Islands won the biennial event two years ago but will not defend their title, choosing to focus their limited resources on November's Olympic Sevens Qualifier.

Newcomers American Samoa open proceedings against Solomon Islands at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, followed by hosts Papua New Guinea against Tahiti, in the first round of matches.

The General Manager of Rugby PNG, Frank Genia, says pride and silverware aren't the only things on up for grabs.

Cult crocodile is a big highlight of National Gallery's PNG exhibition

It was carved more than a century ago from a single piece of wood in a remote Papua New Guinea village. It has never been seen in Australia before.

Curator of Pacific Art Crispin Howarth said, “There are only 10 or 15 of these known in the world and this is the most fantastic.”

It had “aspects of male and female" to it and was collected in 1959 by an Australian patrol officer, he said.

The cult crocodile was carved from a single piece of wood without the use of metal tools and dates back more than a century.

Sweden diplomat impressed with projects

In his recent visit to Port Moresby to present his credentials to the Governor General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, Ahlberger said Papua New Guinea and Sweden had a shared commitment to the UN and it was essential that the voices of small island developing states in the Pacific region were heard in the UN climate change negotiations.

“Climate change is the challenge of our time; it is a top priority for the Government of Sweden and cooperative responses are needed,” Ahlberger said.

Newly crowned PNG women’s V12 champs

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.

PNG men go down to New Caledonia in basketball

The visiting team showed class in the close encounter but with the home crowd on their side PNG fought hard in the first and second quarter.

In the first quarter, New Caledonia took the lead 17-15.

In the second quarter, the combination of brothers James and Allan Wright helped PNG level the score at half time 38-38.

New Caledonia fought back in the second quarter with great three points shots from Stephane Saminadin put New Caledonia in the lead 60-52 at the third quarter break.

Fit and ready: Pacific Sprint King Tabakaucoro

Tabakaucoro has to run in nine events over five days and this includes the heats of the 100m, the 200m and the 4x100m.

He never has had to run these many races over a continuous five day period but the man who all will be watching in PNG is ready.

“This is the first time I will be competing over five days, maximum I have done is three days. With extra days, I really have to be running smart in all my races," he said.

PNG among countries with unbroken constitution

As the nation celebrates its 40th Independence in September, advisor and consultant to the Constitutional Planning Committee from 1972 to 1975 Prof Ted Wolfers said the country’s homegrown constitution has been upheld over the years despite political crisis.

Prof Wolfers made this known during the school of law seminar on the country’s constitution at the University of Papua New Guinea.

He said unlike many other countries; the constitution was not negotiated over the table by the former colonizers.