What happens when Rheem take 10 plumbers, fly them to a Pacific island for a week, and set them up with fishing gear and expert local skippers? A literal ton of fishing.

This year’s winners of the Wahoo Fishing Competition netted a whopping 1.06 tonnes of catch during their all-expenses-paid experience in Niue.

Rheem On Board in Niue group outside Niue Visitors Centre
Fresh onto the warm tarmac, the group’s excitement began to build.

Rheem and Plumbing World were proud to host the event for the sixth year running, to reward their loyal customers with a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

The group flew from Auckland to Niue on November 4, and were up before dawn the next morning to jump on small boats and head out on the water.

The skippers held their own competition, with each using his local expertise to choose the best fishing spot for the day for their Kiwi passengers to catch a big one.

The choppy seas were no obstacle for our competition winners, hauling in an 81kg marlin, and dozens of massive wahoo and blue fin tuna, some of which weighed in at up to 28kg.

Rheem On Board in Niue participant Dan Keenan of Plumbing World with a 21kg Wahoo
Dan Keenan from Plumbing World reeled in a 21kg wahoo.

The group spent a full four days out on the water, with a few rest days on dry land to enjoy the small island’s cuisine and culture, and spend time among the friendly Niuean people, who were eager to welcome the Kiwi “fishos”.

They stayed at the luxurious oceanside Scenic Matavai Resort Niue, an idyllic getaway spot with stunning bay views that topped off the extraordinary trip.

Rheem’s commercial manager Paul Watson, who accompanied the winners to Niue, said it was an awesome event, and a great opportunity for the Kiwi plumbers to unwind and enjoy a unique fishing experience.

“Every year, it’s a thrill for Rheem to partner with Plumbing World to host this competition for our customers,” he said.

“We’re proud to be able to invest in Niue by running this competition and to bring a significant short-term investment to the island. It’s great to see the customers and the locals working together – and catching lots of fish!”