A CROWD PLEASER
Tura the Kokomo, the official mascot of the Pacific Games, has completed a tour of Papua New Guinea that included every province.
The cheeky hornbill was the centre of attention at schools across the nation and stopped crowds in the streets on the tour to promote the Games and to evoke a sense of national pride.
Tura was the brainchild of 13-year-old Taka Seigori, a student at Tubuseria Primary School in Central Province.
Taka’s creation won a nationwide school competition to come up with a mascot that embodies the spirit of the Games – fun, enthusiastic, friendly and community minded.
Tura depicts a cheeky and funny hornbill, known in PNG as a kokomo. The crown of the bird symbolises the colours of the Pacific Games.