|Occur every||4 years|
The Pacific Mini Games is a multi-sport event contested by countries and territories located in Oceania. It was known as the South Pacific Mini Games prior to 2009. The event has been held every four years since the inaugural games in Honiara, Solomon Islands in 1981. It is called the 'Mini' games because it is a scaled-down version of the main Pacific Games and is similarly rotated on a four-year basis in the intervening years between the main games.
Following the success of the main Pacific Games, the Pacific Games council decided to create a smaller version of the games to enable smaller nations and territories to host events and compete against each other. From this came the Pacific Mini Games.
Main article: Pacific Games § Council
The governing body for the mini games is the Pacific Games Council. Much like the main games, the Games council flag is presented to the host nation of the next mini games at the end of every games. As of 2017, the council has 22 member nations.
Two other nations, Australia and New Zealand, are not members of the council but are invited as observers to the council's general assembly. These nations participated at the mini games in 2017 and made their main games debut in 2015.
||7–19 July||600||15||5|| New|
||31 July –
||22 August –
|1993||IV|| Port Vila,
|1997||V|| Pago Pago,
||25 July –
||21 September –
|2013||IX|| Mata Utu,
||2–12 September||22||8|| Papua|
|2017||X|| Port Vila,
As with the main games, the cost of providing the necessary facilities and infrastructure is a concern to the region's smaller nations. In preparation for the 2009 Games in Rarotonga, despite having hosted the games previously, the local government considered diverting funds from a highway project, and secured a loan for US$10 million from the Chinese government to finance the building of a stadium.
Further information: Pacific Games § Sports
There are 37 sports approved by the Pacific Games Council as of December 2017. Unlike the main games, the Pacific Mini Games does not have a compulsory sports list. However, 50 percent of the sports selected for a games must be from the compulsory sports list of the Pacific Games Council.
After the 2017 games, 30 of the 37 sports have been included at the mini games since the inaugural edition in 1981.
Listed are sports already contested at the Pacific Mini Games.
|Archery||2 times||2001, 2017|
|Basketball||3 times||1997, 2005, 2017|
|Boxing||6 times||1981, 1989–1997, 2009, 2017|
|Football||3 times||1981, 1993, 2017|
|Golf||7 times||1985–2001, 2009–present|
|Lawn bowls||3 times||1985, 2001, 2009|
|Netball||8 times||1981–2001, 2009, 2017|
|Outrigger canoeing||3 times||2005–2013|
|Rugby 7s||4 times||1997, 2009–2017|
|Sailing||3 times||1997, 2009−2013|
|Squash||2 times||2001, 2009|
|Table tennis||3 times||2005–09, 2017|
|Tennis||9 times||1981–2009, 2017–present|
|Volleyball and||2 times (indoor) and
3 times (beach)
|1997, 2013 (indoor) and
2005, 2013–present (beach)
|Weightlifting||6 times||1989, 1997, 2005–present|
Both disciplines have been replaced by other versions of the sports. Rugby 15s (replaced by Rugby 7s), and Rugby league 7s (replaced by Rugby league 9s).
|Rugby league 7s||Once||2009|
The all-time medal tally shows the total medals won by a Pacific Games Association from 1981 to 2017.
|3||Papua New Guinea||149||159||144||452|
|13||Wallis and Futuna||9||24||26||59|
|19||Northern Mariana Islands||4||12||9||25|
|22||Independent PGC athletes||2||1||0||3|
|Totals (25 nations)||1121||1037||1002||3160|