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Pacific Games Council

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[Flag of Pacific Games Council] 
image by Zoltan Horvath, 08 July 2011


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Overview

The Pacific Games (formerly known as the South Pacific Games) is a multi-sport event, like the Olympics (but on a much smaller scale), with participation exclusively from countries around the South Pacific. It is held every four years and began in 1963.
The Pacific Games Council is the governing body of the games. With expansion and economic growth in the Pacific and Oceania countries of the Pacific Islands it was appropriate for the South Pacific Games Council to modernise and revise its charter in light of changes in the region and the changing place of Sport in society, thus the council adapted a new charter in 2007.
Zoltan Horvath, 08 July 2011


The Flag

The new logo and flag were introduced on 1 November 2008. The flag is white with a blue wavy line and three discs over it representing three major regions of the Pacific.
Images of flag: http://www.cookislands.org.uk/pacificgames.html
Article and image of new logo: English, French
Zoltan Horvath, 08 July 2011


South Pacific Games - Previous Flag

[Flag of South Pacific Games] 
image by Zoltan Horvath, 24 November 2011

Image of old flag: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thrashor/1364306070/in/set-72157602066288798/
Zoltan Horvath, 08 July 2011


Pacific Games - 1971 Papeete

I located this video about the 1971 Pacific Games in Tahiti, French Polynesia. It bears very interesting and flag-related information. Take a look on it specially the scenes regarding the athletes parade.
The flags were proportioned about 1:2 or 3:5 and following a very South Pacific Games tradition some countries marched with two flags o pennants in some cases.
Fourteen countries took part. The countries marched in the following order, in parentheses the French name after they marched:

1. Papua New Guinea (Papuasie-Ne Guinee):

[Flag 1965-1970 (Papua New Guinea)]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 23 May 2016

Two flags were used for Papua New Guinea (Papuasie-Ne Guinee): the current one adopted in 1971 and a green flag possibly that from 1965-1970. The bird depiction in the green flag, it appears, is quite smaller than the flag at the top of this page, but unfortunately the bird is not quite visible except for a glimpse during the torch relay. The other flag was plain green, just like that of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

2. Cook Islands (Cook)

[Flag used at 1971 Papeete Pacific Games]
image by Juan Manuel Villascan, 23 May 2016

Two flags: that of New Zealand and another one with a blue field with the text “ COOK ISLANDS “ in white and capital letters, there seems to be that a certain kind of emblems appears in the center of the flag[a sprouting coconut]. I assume it is the former sports emblem of the Cook Islands.

3. Fiji (Fidji)

[Flag used at 1971 Papeete Pacific Games]
image by Juan Manuel Villascan, 23 May 2016

Two flags: the current one and the sports Fiji flag quartered black, white, black, white (clock-wise from top hoist) with the national sports emblem in the center, all in black and white.

4. Gilbert and Ellice Island (Gilbert & Ellice)

One flag, that of 1937-1979.

5. Guam (Guam)

Two flags: That of the USA (50 stars) and that of Guam.

6. Nauru (Nauru)

One flag, the national flag.

7. New Caledonia (Nelle Caledonie)

[Flag used at 1971 Papeete Pacific Games]
image by Juan Manuel Villascan, 23 May 2016

Two flags: French one and a sports triangular pennant in the territory sporting colors: hoist green, fly red. On the grey part, the territory's sporting emblem: white cagou, yellow sun and stones, white water (wavy line) on a red field.

8. New Hebrides (Nelles Hebrides)

[Flag used at 1971 Papeete Pacific Games]
image by Juan Manuel Villascan, 23 May 2016

New Hebrides team marched with only one flag, that on sky blue charged with the flags France and UK. Pole are almost imperceptible so I use white, the flag are leaned 38 degrees.

9. Solomon Islands (Salomon)

One flag; that of 1956.

10. American Samoa (Samoa Americaines)

Two flags: That of the USA and that of American Samoa.

11. Western Samoa (Samoa Occidentales)

The flag adopted in 1949.

12. Tonga (Tonga)

The current flag of Tonga.

13. Wallis and Futuna (Wallis-Futuna)

[Flag used at 1971 Papeete Pacific Games]
image by Juan Manuel Villascan, 23 May 2016

Two flags: French flag and a reddish pennant with a tricolor cross allover the field surmounted by a Wallis white cross.

14. French Polynesia ( Polynesie Francaise )

[Flag used at 1971 Papeete Pacific Games]
image by Juan Manuel Villascan, 23 May 2016

Two flags: French flag and the sporting pennant: horizontal triband red white red (4-5-4) and the sporting emblem on the white band near the hoist. The emblem which was also used by the football federation is a shield divided into three vertical bands, red, white, red, a chief with the territory’s name ( TAHITI ) a palm and an island silhouette in green and a yellow sun, a small tricolor above the white stripe.
Juan Manuel Villascan, 23 May 2016