30 July, 2012     

Exploring Samoa’s South Side

By Grant Dixon

NZ Fishing News editor Grant Dixon and his wife Faith are heading to Samoa the first week of September (1-8) to do an exploratory fishing trip to Samoa's 'south side'.

This will involve four days fishing - two days popper and jig fishing aboard Greg Hoppings' 35ft Bertram 'Pure Indulgence' and two days gamefishing aboard Chris Donato's 43ft sportfisher 'Southern Destiny'.

These are two of Samoa's top charter boats, with Chris recently catching the country's first 'grander' blue.

Accommodation is at Aggie Grey's Resort, just five minutes from the international airport and close to some great fishing on the southern side of the country.

Grant is looking for four keen anglers to join him on this exploratory trip. Anglers should preferably have some casting and jigging experience, although this is not necessary.

Aggie Greys and the charter operators have come to the party cost wise, recognising that this is the forerunner to a 2013 reader's trip

The cost for the trip - quarter share fishing and twin share accommodation is $2200pp and that includes staying for seven nights.

Airfares are extra, along with meals and refreshments.

Why not take your partner. If you have a non-fishing partner, they are welcome to come along for just $650, plus their airfares, meals etc. Aggie Greys is a great way to relax www.aggiegreys.com and they can enjoy a tropical getaway while you enjoy the fishing.

If this is something that interests you - and it will be on a first in-first served basis, then contact Grant immediately for more information.

Grant.dixon@fishnz.co.nz  or 0274 925533

Source: Fairfax NZ News   27 July, 2012     

An enchanted evening as Samoa Tourism Authority partners with South Pacific, the musical

Samoa Tourism Authority is proud to be a supporting partner of the Australian production of Broadway hit, South Pacific.

Set somewhere in the South Pacific during the Second World War, it tells a story of a great romance and love lost in a world of war and prejudice. South Pacific is considered one of the greatest Broadway musicals, winning many awards with many of its songs such as Bali Hai, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and Some Enchanted Evening becoming popular standards.

Written by the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein who also produced golden hits such as Carousel, The King and I and The Sound of Music, the musical production brought out by Opera Australia and The Gordon Frost Organisation is expected to deliver some of the biggest hits of the Australian musical season.

South Pacific will play at the Sydney Opera House from August 8 until September 9 and The Princess Theatre in Melbourne from September 13 until October 14.  Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.au.

  25 July, 2012     

Samoans take to the open water as nation hosts South Pacific Swim Series

Samoa’s warm tropical waters have never been so busy as the South Pacific’s keenest open water swimmers took to the ocean in a series of open water swim meets.

The inaugural Samoa Swim Series event starts on the 24thof July and finishes on the 26th and will cover all types of waterscapes including reef, waterfall and lagoon.  In addition to the growing number of local participants, an expected 80 participants from Australia and New Zealand are expected to join the three day event.

Open to locals, visitors amateurs and pros, the swim series is a fun event for open water swimmers to come together in fitness while promoting water safety practices and environmental awareness in Samoa.

Many of the local participants have trained for this event at the nation’s premier sporting facilities located at the Samoa Sports Centre in Apia. Considered one of the best in the South Pacific and built in 2007 for the South Pacific Games, it houses state of the art facilities for swimming, diving, rugby, volleyball, cricket and weight lifting.

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  24 July, 2012     

Raggamuffin heads to Samoa

Raggamuffin is heading to the treasured islands of Samoa this September to present a concert as part of the annual Teuila Festival. The concert features Spawnbreezie, Savage, Swiss plus local Samoan bands and will take place on Saturday 8th September on Apia’s waterfront.

Samoan born Spawnbreezie has been enjoying huge radio play in NZ for the last 12 months with hits such as Oh My Goodness, I’m In Love and Don’t Let Go. A recent collaboration with NZ artist Savage on his track Because of You has just been released and with both artists confirmed to appear at the first Raggamuffin Samoa, we expect to see some special performances on the night.

Joining these two musical heavyweights is new reggae kid on the block, Swiss. After a huge online / viral buzz from his self-released single and video 'Slow Wind', he was signed by Dawn Raid / FMG / Universal Records. Currently residing in Brisbane, the 20 year-old Wellington-born singer of Tongan descent has gone from strength to strength, building a healthy fan base in the US and Hawaii as well as closer to home. We are pleased to be able to present him, Savage and Spawnbreezie as part of the very first Raggamuffin Samoa. More local Samoan acts are to be added to the bill.

“We have wanted to take something to the islands for a long time so the opportunity to create a Samoan Raggamuffin event as part of the Teuila Festival is a great privilege” explains Raggamuffin Samoa director, Jackie Sanders. “Over the coming years we will build the concert and take more NZ and international acts, it would be fantastic to see it become a big as Raggamuffin is here in NZ!”

The Teuila Festival is one of Samoa’s most celebrated cultural events and throughout the week (2nd – 8th September) there will be many cultural activities on showcase such as the choir hymnal exhibition, a variety of traditional entertainment including fire knife dancing, traditional sports including the fautasi (long boat used as means of transportation across the islands of Samoa in the olden days) race, wood carving, tattooing, two nights of variety shows and the Miss Samoa pageant.

As well as the addition of the Raggamuffin concert, visitors can enjoy the new outrigger regatta, Riggamuffin. There will be 3 days of racing in Apia, finishing with a fun regatta and Beach Party from 9am – 3pm on Friday 7 September at a secret location. Purchasers of Raggamuffin Samoa packages will receive a ticket to attend this exclusive beach event which includes the return transfers from Apia.

Sunshine, great food, great music…what more do you want!

Packages available at www.samoa.travel which include the VIP Beach Party and Raggamuffin Samoa tickets.

For further details please contact
Jackie Sanders +64 21 373739 or +649 834 4945

Samoa Tourism Authority & Jacman Entertainment Present
Saturday 8 September,
Funway Compound, Matautu, APIA
Gates open 4pm

Riggamuffin Schedule
Monday 3rd September – Opening, Kava Ceremony and Open Water 14km
Tuesday 4th September – Sprint Races 1500m and 500m YNOT Bar / Apia Harbour
Thursday 6th September – Open Water 30km, Rock the Boat Cruise, Riggamuffin Pub Crawl
Friday 7th September – Beach Party and Fun Regatta

Registration details at
http://www.teuilafestival.com/other-events/riggamuffin-samoa-2012/   23 July, 2012     

Samoa - Ssporting giants continue dominance of the Pacific

Reinforcing their reputation as the sporting giants of the South Pacific, Samoa welcomed former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry with All Black star and RWC 2011 squad member Victor Vito on 23 July with the Webb Ellis Cup to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa.

Sir Graham and Vito will lead training sessions with coaches and students from Apia colleges and national provincial clubs. The Cup will also travel to the island of Savai’i.

Having been recently named the 2012 IRB Pacific Nations Cup champions, Samoa is the only unbeaten team in this year’s round of competitions, retaining their title as sporting giants of the South Pacific.

Much has been invested in the development of the area of sport in Samoa, the biggest of which are the world class sporting facilities, considered one of the best in the South Pacific.  Built or improved upon for the 2007 South Pacific Games, Samoa has amazing state of the art facilities for many sports including rugby, swimming, volleyball and weight lifting.

The facilities provide the perfect off-season training site for many sporting teams in the off-season

For further information on Samoa’s training facilities, email marketing@samoa.travel.

Photo credit: TakuImages

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