South Pacific Minerals Corp.
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South Pacific Minerals Corp.

August 25, 2005 11:42 ET

South Pacific Minerals Corp.: Porphyry Copper/Gold Target Defined By Soil Geochemistry Kodu NW Prospect, Papua New Guinea

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 25, 2005) - South Pacific Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SPZ) has undertaken grid-based soil sampling programs within EL 1348- Mt Bini in an attempt to define new porphyry copper/ gold and epithermal gold exploration and ultimately drilling targets.

The Kodu NW Prospect is located immediately northwest of the Kodu porphyry copper/ gold/ molybdenum deposit and is separated from it by a ridgeline. The geomorphology, mineralisation potential and proximity of the Kodu NW area with the Kodu deposit is compelling. There are 2 prominent arcuate drainages from which visible gold has been panned that require immediate follow up. The drainages define a approximately 700m diameter circular feature, which is about the same size as the prominent Kodu Deposit hill, that is suggested to reflect a sub-surface, potentially mineralised intrusion. Fracture orientations in 'unroofed' intrusives often exhibit such concentric patterns.

A typical Island Arc type porphyry copper/ gold 'core' is now evident in the interpretation of the soil geochemical anomalies from the approximately 1km x 1km Kodu NW soil grid, weakening peripherally to a halo of molybdenum, lead and zinc geochemistry. The copper and gold anomalous zones are relatively cohesive and coincident and are approximately 800m long and 500m wide. The general tenor of the copper and gold in soils is weaker than observed at Kodu itself where mineralisation is evident on surface. However, the Kodu NW Prospect is located at a higher elevation and this result would be expected if the intrusive has not yet been 'unroofed'. Gold and copper values varied as expected from near or below detection on the edges of the grid, up to 231ppb gold and 336 ppm copper in the core. Follow-up geological evaluation/ mapping and outcrop/ float sampling of the anomalous zone has commenced. Maps illustrating the copper and gold geochemical anomalies are presented on the South Pacific Minerals website.

South Pacific Minerals is at the forefront of mineral exploration in Papua New Guinea with an 85% interest in three porphyry copper/ gold +/- molybdenum and epithermal/ intrusive related gold exploration licenses, plus 5 EL applications covering a total area of approximately 7,500sq kms. Most of these properties have advanced stage projects with significant known gold +/- copper in trench and drill hole, with additional drill ready targets. The areas of the 3 ELs have recently been reduced as a normal matter of course, to comply with provisions in the PNG Mining Act and it was also decided not to pursue the granting of 2 of the original group of 7 ELAs (Tanga and New Hanover) for various technical, logistic and fiscal reasons.

To find out more about South Pacific Minerals Corp. and its exploration projects, please visit our website at www.southpacificminerals.com.

South Pacific Minerals Corp.

P.A.McNeil, President / CEO M.Sc.

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