To celebrate Samoan Independence Day, which is observed on the first of June each year despite taking place January 1st 1962, in New Zealand a concert will be held on June 3rd at Life Church in Manurewa.
CEO of Pacific Events & Entertainment Trust and organiser of the concert, Ulalemamae Te'eva Matafai says events like these are important to strengthen unity within the Samoan diaspora here in New Zealand.
"Undoubtedly, Samoans have made a significant contribution to NZ society,” says Ulalemamae.
“This concert celebrates the largest population of Samoans outside of Samoa and the fact that gagana Samoa (the Samoan language) is the second most spoken language in Auckland, and third in the country."
The event name 'Samoa mo Samoa', which translates to mean Samoa for Samoa, is inspired by the Mau movement, the non-violent movement which led to Samoa’s independence from colonial rule.
Line up for celebrations will include Samoan artists such as Sammielz, Sara Jane Auva’a, Miss Samoa NZ 2015, the Auckland Gospel Choir, the Malu Measina Samoan Dance Group and many more.
When: Friday 3rd June at 7pm – 11pm
Where: Life Church, Manurewa
Prices: Adults $10, Students $5, Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children) $25
For more information go to www.facebook.com/SamoaMoSamoaConcert/