Where it all began

The two founders of Rockquest Promotions, Pete Rainey and Glenn Common, first met while working as high school teachers in Christchurch. In 1988 they entered some bands from their school into a performance competition that a local radio station was putting on. They saw the kids really responding to the opportunity to play contemporary music.

The following year the radio station was unable to put the event on again, so Pete and Glenn decided to run it themselves! They saw the benefit in a platform for high school students to play live on a professionally equipped stage, expressing their talent and creatively all while developing their musicianship and performance skills.

In 1990 the competition went nationwide. Pete and Glenn applied for funding from the Government, about 20k, which allowed them to roll out the competition out in 5 locations around the country - adding Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington and Rotorua. The schools in the four new regions caught on really quickly, and it was at this moment they realised the competition could be big and sustainable in the long term.

Smokefreerockquest through the years: 
Memorable Moments
Smokefree Tangata Beats
Values at the heart of Smokefreerockquest
Rockshop Bandquest, Showquest and Wearable arts
Rockquest Promotions today...

Previous Winners - bANDS

Year

Name

Region

School

2020

Red Wav (Band)


Ben & Brody (Solo-duo)

Manukau


North Shore

Aorere College & Marcellin College

Rangitoto College

2019

Arlo Mac (Band)


There's A Tuesday (Solo-duo)

Hawkes Bay


Christchurch

Havelock North High School

Christchurch GHS & St Margaret's College

2018

Mit Eldnar (Band)


Estella (Solo-duo)

Manukau


Nelson

Manurewa High School


Nelson College for Girls

2017

Minimal Silence (Band)


Sonatane Kaufusi (Solo-duo)

Manukau


Manukau

Howick College


Manurewa High School

2016

Alien Weaponry

Northland

Bream Bay College and Otamatea High School

2015

Joe's Van

Bay of Plenty

Mt Maunganui College

2014

Head Chef

Wellington

Wellington High School

2013

A Bit Nigel

Rotorua - Taupo

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College and Rotorua Boys' High School

2012

New Vinyl

Nelson

Section

2011

The Peasants

Nelson

Garin College

2010

The Good Fun

Waikato

Te Awamutu College and Hamilton Boys' High School

2009

Jesse Sheehan

Wellington

Wellington College

2008

Beneath the Silence

Chirstchurch

Cashmere High School / Kaiapoi High School / Rangiora High School

2007

Solomon

North Shore

Rangaitoto College

2006

Neil Robinson

Christchurch

Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti

2005

The Electric Confectionaires

North Shore

Takapuna Grammer School

2004

Incursa

Auckland

St Peters College

2003

Falter

Christchurch

Mairehau High School

2002

The Have

Wanganui

Wanganui High School

2001

Carriage H

Otago

Logan Park High School

2000

Evermore

Manawatu

"Twin Oaks School"

1999

Son of Spank

Wellington

Kapiti College / Tawa College

1998

Handsome Geoffrey

Waikato

Hamilton Girls High School

1997

Atlas Woods

Wellington

Wairarapa College & Kuranui College

1996

Marystaple

Hawkes Bay

Wellington

1995

Dancing Azians

Hawkes Bay

Karamu High School

1994

Kate in the Lemon Tree

Wanganui

Wanganui College

1993

Hallucian

Auckland

Selwyn College

1992

Exploding Poppies

Nelson

Waimea College

1991

Auntie Beatrice

Whakatane

Whakatane High School

1990

De Funk Express

Christchurch

Hillmorton High School

1989

Outer Control

Christchurch

Hornby High School