Port Moresby

Vabukori clan unhappy with Tkatchenko’s response

The clan claimed that the 2015 Games complex built at Konebada has been built on traditional customary land owned by them.

They are responding to the minister’s response on PNG Loop claiming that he dealt with the legitimate landowners’ Kwabira clan. 

In a statement, the Darahasi clan claimed that it was them who gave their approval for the start of the project on their land when approached by the contractor Nick Allen and a representative from the minister’s office, namely Api Kassman.

Pacific Games used as qualification or ranking for International outings

PGC Executive Director Andrew Minogue says that part of their business plan is to provide benefits for athletes and their programmes.

“A number of sports are been used as qualification or ranking events at the games which from the Executive Board’s perspective is a very successful initiative.

Vehicle crashes into family yard in POM

As adults watched television and kids were just about dozing off to sleep in their bedroom, a vehicle skid off the road and rammed into the property fence stopping abruptly near a room but not before crashing into the home owner’s 12 month old car.

Vanuatu thrashed Micronesia 46-0

Jean Kaltack was Vanuatu’s top scorer, scoring 16 goals in the win for the country ranked 200 in the world and the defeat, with 

Tokelau's only Pacific Games athlete ready

The country's sports federation says its lack of representation is down to it not having had enough time to prepare for the games, and its athletes not being available.

Tokelau's national legal advisor Lise Suveinakama says the blunder will prove a valuable lesson for the nation, which has a population of about 1400.

Big day for New Caledonia in pool


New Caledonia are second and Samoa and Fiji equal third on the overall medal count.

Ryan Pini's third gold medal was the pick of the home performances on a day where Para athletes and a host of smaller nations had their moment in the spotlight.

New Caledonia women dominate Day 3 swimming

Fast swimmer Lara Grangeon set another new record in the 400m freestyle of 4:20:40 sec,  taking out gold.

The previous record was 4:28:32 sec that was also set by Lara. This was the 19th record set in this Pacific Games.

Charlotte Robin got the bronze in the 400m freestyle after clocking in at 4:41:97 sec behind silver medalist Matelita Buadromo of Fiji.

Another Games record of 1:03:50 sec in the 100m backstroke was broken by Emma Terebo of New Caledonia. Emma set a new record of 1:02:60 in this event to win gold.

Games: 15 gold up for grabs today

In shooting, there will be two gold medals up for grabs in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event.

The women’s final takes place at 11:15 at the June Valley Shooting Range, with the men’s final following at 15:30.

There will be four gold medals awarded in Va’a (canoeing) in the men’s and women’s 1500m and 500m V6 events, which start at 12:00 at the Naval Base.

The women’s and men’s team table tennis finals will take place at the Caritas Technical Secondary School at East Boroko at 14:30 and 17:00.

Opening ceremony excitement

Safe to say people like Madangs Hilda Meka and her husband hope that they can make it to the show in time to see the fireworks, something their 3 and 7 year old sons are enthusiastic to see.

Unagi is full as Moses Tane a shift manager with the Mosbi Omai security boys that they estimate almost 200 to 300 vehicles are now parked there.

PNGLoop was told by Bonny Vagi and family that they drove from their Makerupu village in Rigo just for the Opening ceremony.

Vagi was parked at Jack Pidik with six of his family members who all conveyed from the village.

PMV buses moved from Unagi to Gordons bus stop

Unagi Oval will be used as a Pacific Games parking and informal market during the duration of the Games.

However, with road work in the vicinity of Gordons bus stop yet to be completed, it has added to traffic congestion in the area.

The change for PMVs on the Gordons route comes after months of those buses and all others depositing and picking up passengers at the Unagi oval area, because of persistent crime in the Gordons market area.