How it works



The original stage-based mini broadway that follows the elements of
Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Culture & Technology.
These shows are held in professional venues around Aotearoa.

The Basics

This is a simple outline for Showquest.
Once you’ve entered, you’ll receive the full Showquest Manual.


Performance team numbers are a maximum of 100 performers. All schools are welcome and teams can be any size smaller than this! These numbers do not not include technical and support crew.


Showquest is split into Junior & Open Sections. Junior is year 1-8 and Open is year 1-13. Schools with a roll over 1,500  are eligible to apply to enter 2 teams (subject to confirmation from the Event Office). Each student may only take part in 1 performance.


Entry fee is $10 per performer and backstage students (excl. adult support crew), it has been set at this level as we want it to be affordable to participate.


Each performance will follow a theme. Let your creative mind run wild! Points and awards will be given for originality. Make sure in your theme selection that you are not infringing copyright. If you have any concerns about your theme, please contact the Event Office.


Commercial music or original music created by musicians from your school may be used. Most schools choose to create a ‘mashup’ of songs and audio. Have fun with this as it is one of the best ways of telling a story and expressing a theme, idea or feeling.

Live Music

School groups have the opportunity to combine their pre-recorded soundtrack with a live music element. This could be made up of a band, vocalists and/or narrators of up to 10 students and will take place in our Rockshop Live Music Pit, separate to the main stage.


Each performance can be a maximum of 10 minutes long. Your setup, entrance, performance, pack down and exit all need to take place in this allocation. You do not have to use the full time!


We allow hand-held props that can be carried on and off stage by one or two students. They can be no bigger than 2 metres high and must be able to be lifted on and off stage by one or two students.


Our LED video screen is a more sustainable option than large props and sets, and will help you to create the world of your show. From block colours, animation, images, moving videos and more, your options are endless when it comes to making your performance stand out.


All performances are required to provide one or two Lighting Designers, who will work alongside our Showquest Lighting Director through both your rehearsal time and performance. This student does not require any previous experience with lighting, take it as an opportunity to learn!


We have put together an NCEA E Book on how you can earn credits in our Showquest, Wearable Art & OnScreen programmes. That'll be released shortly under 'Resources'. Keep an eye out!


Events will be held at professional venues in each region around Aotearoa. Ticket information will be released closer to the time. Find the date and venue info under the ‘About’ tab.


Although Showquest is primarily about participation,
there will be awards for both the Junior & Open Sections.

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Regionally
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Nationally
  • ZM's Choice Award (National)
  • Best Cultural Story (National)
  • NZ Music Commission Live Music Award (National)
  • ZM Soundtrack Award
  • Theme
  • Video Wall
  • Drama
  • Choreography
  • Lighting
  • Live Music
  • Original Soundtrack
  • Costume & Enhancement
  • Props
  • Outstanding Rangatahi (Star of the Show)
  • Tikanga (School Pride)


A wearable art competition for student designers run in collaboration with our friends at World of WearableArt. Students can exhibit their larger than life creations at a live Showquest event around Aotearoa.


This is a simple outline for Toi.
Once you’ve entered, you’ll receive the full Toi Manual.


We are very proud to be working in collaboration with our friends at World of Wearable Art to integrate a different component of the performing arts into our programme. WOW have helped us shape this platform and Dame Suzie Moncrieff (WOW Founder) and Heather Palmer (WOW Competition Director) are our national judges.


All entrants must be enrolled in an NZ school (including home school and correspondence school). Each student may only enter one entry and up to 5 students can work collaboratively on a garment. Students working together on a garment must be from the same school. Senior students (Y9-13) can enter Toi independently, even if your school is not involved - get in touch!


Teachers and parents are not permitted to contribute to the design or creation of the garment above and beyond acceptable health & safety measures. E.g. helping with a hot glue gun or assisting in cutting tricky materials.


Be inspired by one of our four design briefs created with WOW:
Myths, Legends & Fantastic Beasts | Stories of the South Pacific | Larger than Life | City of the Future.
Let your mind run wild when interpreting these briefs - you can be as literal, wacky or fantastical as you like! If you have an amazing idea that doesn’t fit into these themes, you can also choose to design to our Open brief.


There is a cost of $10 per student for the Wearable Art programme with a maximum of $50 per garment. This entry fee enables us to produce amazing shows for your community, friends & whānau to support you showcasing your garment live on stage!


Student designers will have professional photos taken of their creation on their model at a Showquest event. Our judges from WOW will use these photographs to judge nationally. You can also choose to enter our additional Creative Photo Challenge by taking a magazine-style cover photo of you striking a pose!


Although Toi is primarily about participation,
there will be awards presented for the categories below.

Ngā mihi nui to WOW, Bernina and The Fabric Store for their generosity in providing prizes for Toi entrants.

  • Junior National 1st, 2nd and 3rd 
  • Senior National 1st, 2nd and 3rd 
  • Junior and Senior National Finalists - winning a sewing machine from Bernina and WOW prize pack
  • Sustainable Garment Award - 75% + recycled/repurposed materials - WOW Prize Pack
  • The WOW Inspiration Award - WOW Prize Pack
  • Bernina’s Choice Award - sewing machine from Bernina
  • Best Interpretation of Design Brief
  • Creative Photo Challenge
  • Regional awards (presented at Showquest events)
Grand prize awarded to the National Senior 1st Place:
  • Flights and Accommodation to Wellington for two (1 student and 1 parent) and a double pass to the 2022 World of WearableArt show
  • Bernina prize pack inclusive of a sewing machine
  • $200 voucher from The Fabric Store
  • Garment featured in Toi 2023 marketing campaign
Grand prize awarded to the National Junior 1st Place:
  • WOW prize pack
  • Bernina prize pack inclusive of a sewing machine
  • $100 voucher from The Fabric Store
  • Garment featured in Toi 2023 marketing campaign


A nationwide short-film challenge for high school students, get involved! Head over to the OnScreen website for all info and register for 2022!

The Basics

Head over to the OnScreen website for all info and register for 2022!


All participants must be enrolled in an NZ school (including home school and correspondence school). Schools may submit multiple entries, however students may only take part in one film production each.


Entry crew numbers are a maximum of 30 with no minimum number. Entrants must all attend the same school. However, feel free to have actors/whānau/friends in your shoot that aren't from your school. Just as long as the planning and filming has been done by your crew! All entries must have a student director.


OnScreen is a nationwide digital short-film challenge for high school students. We're committed to supporting young creatives and want to help remove  barriers for access by making it accessible to any high school student anywhere in Aotearoa.


We will create film briefs for filmmakers to be inspired by, which will be announced in early 2022. These briefs will be intentionally thematic (not genre-based) and open to a wide array of interpretations. Stay tuned!


OnScreen does not allow any commercial music to be used in your film. You still have a number of options to incorporate music and sound effects though! You can source royalty-free music or audio, create original music or devise a scripted narrative performance with no music.


Think like Peter Jackson and use on-location filming to take your production to the next level. Film a school scene in a classroom, a dramatic scene on an overcast beach, film the sunset or clouds moving across the sky or rig up a green screen - your options are endless!


This is just as important in a short film as it is for our performers in the Showquest live events. Think about your characters and how to develop them with effective costuming, hair & make-up.


One of the biggest elements of OnScreen will be how you decide to edit your footage to create your final film. You can really get creative here. with editing effects, digital effects and filters, sound effects and camera cuts. Some great programs to start with are iMovie, Premiere Pro & Windows Movie Maker.


You'll be required to upload your final edit on the website by the due date. We will then upload all films to our platform and create a free digital show to share with your community, friends & whānau.


We will create a Digital Showcase from submitted videos. These will be available online to watch at the completion of the competition. This will allow all schools. students and the public to watch each other's amazing mahi.


We have put together an NCEA E Book on how you can earn credits in our OnScreen, Toi & Showquest programmes. That'll be released shortly under 'Resources'. Keep an eye out!


All practical means must be taken to ensure people are kept safe while creating this entry. If Covid-19 Alert Levels are in place, all gathering restrictions and requirements must be diligently followed. It is your responsibility to make sure your performance operates in a manner that doesn't jeopardise people's wellbeing and safety.


A huge thanks to the team at GoPro for providing epic prizes
to OnScreen award winners in 2021!

  • 1st Place winning $2,000 - Heroine/Lily Knox, St Hilda’s Collegiate School
  • 2nd Place winning $1000 -Dearest Mother/Zac Bell, King’s High School Otago
  • 3rd Place winning $500 - Deluge/Kate Kominik-Fraser, Wellington Girls’ College
  • Best Cultural Story winning a GoPro - For My Father /Waka Wikaire-James, King’s College
  • ZM’s Choice winning a GoPro - The First Shot/Aden Gray, Feilding High School
  • Best Director winning $500 - Catharsis/J.J. Farry, Liston College
  • Best Producer winning $500 - 1888/Jovi Taylor, Hamilton Girls’ High School
  • Best Performer winning $500 - Unconscious Memory/Lea Cronje, Newlands College
  • Best Editor winning a GoPro - Surprise/Connor Hislop, Kuranui College

What are you waiting for?

Registrations close:
Showquest - March 18• Toi - April 15• OnScreen - TBC