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SMOKEFREEROCKQUEST Manukau Final And Smokefree Pacifica

2016 SMOKEFREEROCKQUEST Manukau Final And Smokefree Pacifica Beats Auckland Heats 17 & 18 June

It’s a big weekend for aspiring young musicians as the Smokefreerockquest Manukau final and the Smokefree Pacifica Beats Auckland heats play off at the Dorothy Winstone Centre on Friday and Saturday 17 & 18 June.

High school bands from Manukau competed in heats earlier this month and now the top 12 bands are set to play off for first and second place prizes and the opportunity to go into the judging pool for the coveted six spots at the Smokefreerockquest national finals in September.

Smokefreerockquest founder and director Glenn Common says at the regional final level some entrants are already demonstrating the stand out factor that may see them achieve music career success.

“The benefits of coming together, meeting fellow musicians and playing to a live audience can’t be overstated,” he said. “Becoming a performing artist is not a one-day project – it’s a long road until you’re writing the sort of songs that help to shape a nation’s identity as some past Smokefreerockquest winners like Anika Moa and Jason Kerison have done.”

The bands taking their shot at Kiwi music success at the Smokefreerockquest Manukau regional final at the Dorothy Winstone Centre on Friday 17 June start time 7pm, Tickets from are:

No Destination Pukekohe High School
2120 Pukekohe High School
Cyatic Pakuranga College
Ataxia Kings College
18 Strings Macleans College
Nui Trio Manurewa High School
Haze St Kentigern College (Pakuranga)
Dank Waiuku College
F.O.R.M Alfriston College Alfriston School
Mind Over Matter Rosehill College
BBB Pukekohe High School
Minimal Silence Howick College

The top two bands will send in 15 minutes of video for selection to go into the national finalists judging pool.


Lost Groovement and The Allgood Brothers are just a couple of the high school bands from Auckland entered in this year’s Smokefree Pacifica Beats heats coming up on Saturday 18 June, 1pm at the Dorothy Winstone Centre.

Smokefree Pacifica Beats provides a creative platform for youth to express themselves through music and performance featuring Maori and Pacific language and culture, while mixing and blending it with contemporary Kiwi flavours. The emphasis is on particpation, with mentoring workshops supported by the New Zealand Music Commission in Whangarei, Gisborne, Wellington and Christchurch.

The bands and solo/duos taking the stage for the Smokefree Pacifica Beats Auckland heats on Saturday 18 June at 1pm are:

1pm Solo/Duos

Sonatane Kaufusi Manurewa High School

Sipaia Fuli Manurewa High School

Chance TKKM o Hoani Waititi

Tequilla Moses Manurewa High School

Finau Fulivai Manurewa High School

Jaanvi Manurewa High School

Jennifer and Pheap Manurewa High School

Brodie Phillips Manurewa High School

Nicola Nimo Manurewa High School

Trinity & Kravitz Manurewa High School

Sally & Tausala Manurewa High School

First and second place from the solo duos will be announced at the event and these two go into the judging pool to appear at the national final in September.

2.30pm Bands

MEA Manurewa High School

The Allgood Bros. Sancta Maria College

Soulful Sounds Southern Cross Campus

Wrench Manurewa High School

Dyn4mix Southern Cross Campus

Poicussion Manurewa High School

Wh milia TKKM o Hoani Waititi

Melodies Manurewa High School

Urban Soulz Aorere College

Critical Damage Western Springs College

Nesian Vibes Manurewa High School

4RAI (WH RAI) TKKM o Hoani Waititi

Lost Groovement Mt Albert Grammar School

RewaManu Manurewa High School

JahBariz :D Aorere College

Tribe 801 Wesley College

L8 Massey High School

Urbanese Papatoetoe High School

Testament Southern Cross Campus

Jubilee 2.0 Aorere College

Deez Coconutz Manurewa High School

The top twelve bands will be selected to play off at the Auckland Smokefree Pacifica Beats final at Dorothy Winstone Centre, 7pm Saturday 2 July. Tickets for the regional final are available from

The regional events for both Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Pacifica beats run from May 13 until July 2. The Smokefree Pacifica Beats national final is on Friday September 23 at the Raye Freedman Centre in Auckland, followed by the Smokefreerockquest national on Saturday September 24.

Smokefreerockquest and Pacifica Beats, powered by Rockshop, have national winners’ prize packages for bands and solo/duo winners that includes $22,000 in Rockshop vouchers, a $20,000 NZ On Air recording, video and promo package’ a ‘Decent Exposure’ campaign on The Edge TV, a photo shoot and branding package from Imaginary Friends.

There is also the MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship, the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Lyric Award, the Lowdown Best Song Award, Smokefree Vocals Award, the Dominate Style Award and the People’s Choice voted by text with the opportunity to open the Smokefreerockquest national final.

Musical successes from Smokefreerockquest over its 27-year history include Broods, Leroy Clampitt, Kimbra, Aaradhna, Opshop, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die!, Joel Little, Tiny Ruins, Cairo Knife Fight, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Kora, Thomston, Midnight Youth, Steriogram, Phoenix Foundation, Devilskin, The Black Seeds, Bic Runga, and The Naked and Famous; Smokefree Pacifica Beats standout successes include Nesian Mystik, the only New Zealand band to ever have ten singles all certified gold or platinum.


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