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, called ?,  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 - Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch (?). 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
Women in Smokefreerockquest
Smokefree Tangata Beats
Values at the heart of Smokefreerockquest
Rockshop Bandquest, Showquest and Wearable arts
Rockquest Promotions today...

Previous Winners

Year

Programme

School

Section

2020

Showquest on Screen

Levin East School

Junior

2020

Showquest on Screen

Mt Aspiring College

Open

2019

Showquest

Sacred Heart Girls' College - New Plymouth

Open

2018

Showquest

Havelock North High School

Open