A CROWD PLEASER

Paradise - - Living -

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.

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