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 from Whangarei to Invercargill.
Check out the regions and dates for 2021 here.
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.