Showquest was launched in 2017 by the team at Rockquest Promotions. This team is also behind Smokefreerockquest, Smokefree Tangata Beats and Rockshop Bandquest. Showquest is run from the Rockquest Promotions Auckland office, with the Co-Founders & Directors Pete Rainey & Glenn Common being based in Nelson.

Showquest is a performing arts platform for schools produced by Rockquest Promotions Ltd with the support of the Ministry of Education, World of WearableArt, Rockshop & ZM. Showquest supports schools and ākonga around Aotearoa from year 1 – 13 to showcase
Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Culture & Technology.

At Showquest, we are passionate about providing a creative platform for ākonga to learn and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.
We encourage all entries to be highly student-led and believe that this experience will  heighten teamwork, confidence and leadership qualities.

Showquest live events take place in a professional setting, in venues all across Aotearoa - from Whangārei to Invercargill.
Check out the 2022 Regional Digital Shows here.


Covid-19 over the past two years has become an everyday consideration for us all and will be something we are all thinking about as we move towards the event season.

We have always prioritised the safety of our event participants and their whānau and friends, and in these uncertain times, this is no different. We appreciate your patience and support as we’ve navigated this tricky situation and changes to best practice.

Vaccination Requirements
We are able to confirm, following the update to the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, that students involved in a school-organised Showquest or Toi team will not need to provide a vaccine pass to participate. Involvement in Showquest/Toi is a school-organised activity, so all students attending on the day (performers, backstage, lighting designers, Toi designers etc) are exempt from providing a vaccine pass.

Whether or not it is mandatory for your school team to wear masks is at the discretion of the teaching staff, working within the policy of each school.

Our SQ event staff will be wearing masks throughout the event day.

Live / Digital Shows in 2022
Because we want to keep our events as consistent, accessible, and
safe as possible - we will not be having a live audience at our regional events this year.

Instead - each performance will be filmed individually on the Showquest stage in each region. The videos will be exhibited in a Digital Showcase following the event (release dates here).
The regional results will also be announced at the end of each Digital showcase, and then posted to the social media and website.

Thank you!
There are many moving parts, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we all adapt alongside the New Zealand Government guidelines.

We are so appreciative of your ongoing support, especially in these difficult times for the arts.

As always - if you have any questions, send us an email at events@showquest.nz





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Get in touch

Need help with something? Or just want to say kia ora, hit us up with the details here!

Phone (09) 845 1557
Email  events@showquest.nz

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ROCKQUEST Promotions History

Rockquest Promotions is the team behind Showquest, Smokefreerockquest, Rockshop Bandquest & Tangata Beats. Smokefreerockquest was the first programme launched and this is how it all came about!

In 1989 Glenn Common and Pete Rainey picked up a radio station school music contest in Christchurch – as music teachers they had seen its motivational effect on students. Rockquest went nationwide in 1990, and in ’91 Smokefree became the main sponsor. Glenn and Pete were honoured with the MNZM for Services to Music in 2013, and continue to lead the team that now runs this New Zealand institution from offices in Nelson and Auckland.  

Smokefree Rockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event, staging over 30 events annually to give high school aged musicians the opportunity to perform live in a professional setting, in venues from Whangarei to Invercargill.  

Musical successes from Smokefreerockquest over its 30-year history include Six60, Broods, Kimbra, Opshop, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Kids of 88, Joel Little, Marlon Williams, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Steriogram, Phoenix Foundation, Devilskin, The Black Seeds, Bic Runga, and The Naked and Famous.

Rockshop Bandquest was founded in 2011 and the idea behind this platform is to encourage Primary and Intermediate aged students onto the stage, teaching them performance skills and the importance of teamwork. This sets them up nicely to go on to participate in Smokefreerockquest and/or Tangata Beats at high school!

Alongside SFRQ is Smokefree Tangata Beats. This event, again run nationwide for school age students, recognises and reflects the unique cultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. Participants must incorporate Te Reo Māori or a Polynesian language, instruments, dance or movement in their performance. The event motivates young musicians to express themselves with cultural relevance, and to encourage their peers to support original Aotearoa Kiwi music.

Smokefree Tangata Beats standout successes include Alien Weaponry, Strangely Arousing and Nesian Mystik - the only New Zealand band to ever have ten singles all certified gold or platinum.


We are extremely grateful for our wonderful partners.
Without them, Showquest would not be possible.