Showquest encourages student participation

Issue: Volume 97, Number 8

Posted: 14 May 2018
Reference #: 1H9iiY

A major new music, dance and drama event opening later this year promises to showcase some of New Zealand’s best young performers.

Rockquest Promotions, which has many years’ experience running music events with schools – including the well-known Smokefreerockquest and Rockshop Bandquest – has been selected by the Ministry of Education to run a series of regional shows followed by a special national event, Showquest.

Director Pete Rainey says Showquest will allow students to express themselves by helping them draw on their personal experiences and cultural heritage.

Students will get to design and direct their own performances and write and perform their own soundtracks too.

“We know we are coming at schools late in the year; however, we will do as much as we can to make it as easy as possible for schools to give their students the opportunity to participate in Showquest this year,” says Pete.

Pete says they are proud to work with schools and build up a history right across
New Zealand with events that let kids show off their love of music.

“Writing original songs and performing them in a band or as solo-duos extends their skills and boosts their confidence.

“Now with Showquest we have put in place an event that gives even more students a chance to develop their creativity, express themselves, explore and have fun, while gaining a strong sense of achievement as a team.”

While Showquest is structured on a competitive framework, the driving rationale, as with Smokefreerockquest, is to encourage participation.

Pete says Showquest will be run from their Auckland office with Event Director Matt Ealand at the helm. “We are committed to making this as easy for schools to enter as possible, and encourage teachers to contact Matt for further information.”

Entries close on 1 June. Schools can enter either via the website link) or by contacting Matt Ealand, Showquest Event Director, on 09 845 1557 or at


BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 9:00 am, 14 May 2018

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