3 sports axed from Pacific Games

According to the PNG Olympic Committee Justification Committee, the codes’ adminstration failed to meet the required benchmark and justification deadlines and criteria. 

Rugby League 9s was the only sport that appealed the decision to the PNG Sports Dispute Tribunal who ultimately upheld the decision of the Justification Committee.

The PNGOC is urging all sports targeting participation in the upcoming November 2023 Solomon Islands Pacific Games to meet all requirements by September 6th.

Sailor on mission to revive sailing traditions

As a master sailor from Milne Bay, John joined a delegation of West Pacific voyagers and canoe builders on a speaking tour to Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. 
The delegation spoke to scientists, politicians, and representatives from over 120 countries.
Five years ago, John led a circumnavigation of New Guinea in a traditional canoe, after which he and his brother Justin John founded Pasana Group. 

Sibling Sailors Arrive in Tokyo

The Numa pair will be making their Olympic debut and will be participating in the Laser Sailing class events at the Games. They will become the first PNG sailors to compete in the Laser events. 

Their competition commences on 25th of July and they will compete in two heats a day through to the 30th of July.  

Teariki Numa will be competing in the Men’s Laser event in a field of 35 boats and his sister Rose-Lee will be sailing the Laser Radial class, in a field of 44.

Sailing Unseaworthy Ships A Crime

This is according to NMSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Unas when commenting on the recent arrest and charge of a ship owner and captain of a tugboat operating in a log pond in Western Province.

This boat was allowed to sail to Musa, Oro Province while under the Authority’s detention last year due to deficiencies.

It was reported that the ship owner and captain of the tugboat named RAKIAH 88 was arrested and charged under Section 331 of the Criminal Code Act for sending and taking an unseaworthy ship to sea. Both were refused bail initially.

Moanas in real life: Samoan man teaches his daughters traditional Pacific voyaging skills

Nafanua, Leilani and Emma are 14, 12 and 10-years-old respectively, and their dad Xavier Lui is teaching them the traditional skills of Pacific sea voyaging.

Emma says she likes seeing turtles, riding the bow of the va'a ("boat" in Samoan), and feeling connected to her culture.

"It uncovers the history and you can make your own history while you sail, go on that big boat and make your own," she says, gesturing to the Samoan Voyaging Society's double-hulled canoe, the Gaualofa.

Danish filmmaker tours PNG in dugout canoe

His journey began on August 30 and he plans to cover around 6500km in 6 to 9 months.

Jensen is a young Danish adventure filmmaker, illustrator and speaker who has paddled around Denmark by kayak and crossed the North Atlantic by sailing boat.

He has a significant knowledge and great interest in tropical fauna and has a fascination for indigenous people around the world and their ways of life.

Jensen started his journey at Tawali Resort in Milne Bay Province and this is where he will end his journey.