Schools compete for performing arts prize

Student captains Waireti Honana and Kaihau Pou Poasa of TKKM O Hurungaterangi, centre, and judges Grace Palmer, Chelsea Bachellier, and Taylor Mansfield. Supplied photo.


Trustpower Arena has hosted school teams performing in Showquest, Aotearoa’s biggest performing arts competition for schools.

Bay of Plenty was the fifth region to hold the event. 

Rockquest Promotions general manager Matt Ealand says that the regional Showquest competition this year has again opened their eyes to how talented the young rangatahi are in New Zealand.

“We are extremely grateful to be back with live events this year and yet again we are amazed by the high quality of performances,” says Matt. 

“The leadership and teamwork required in building a performance of this level is immense and these school teams have done an incredible job.”

“I was seriously impressed with all the mana this evening in all of the performances, they took us on a journey and I was so invested in every step of the way,” says Grace Palmer, a judge on the night. 

“There was so much heart that went into it, which was really cool to watch.”

In the Junior section, Lynmore School have taken out the winning spot with their piece themed around following your teams. In the Open section, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Hurungaterangi win the title with their piece themed ‘The Lost Boy’, telling the story of a boy growing up in their community.

Teams are judged overall on their production, performance, movement, and theme. 

The full list of awards from Showquest Bay of Plenty Junior:

1st Place: Lynmore School

2nd Place: Mount Maunganui Intermediate

3rd Place: Tahatai Coast School

Costume And Enhancement: Lynmore School

Best Use Of Props: Mokoia Intermediate

Best Use Of Video Wall: Mount Maunganui Intermediate

Best Theme: Lynmore School

Best Use Of Drama: Mokoia Intermediate

ZM Soundtrack Award: St Mary's Catholic School (Rotorua)

Best Choreography: Lynmore School

Best Lighting: Mokoia Intermediate & Tahatai School

Outstanding Rangatahi Award: Ramari From Mount Maunganui Intermediate

Tikanga Award: Mokoia Intermediate

The full list of awards from Showquest Bay of Plenty Open:

1st Place: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

2nd Place: Rotorua Boys' High School

3rd Place: Katikati College

Costume And Enhancement: Katikati College

Best Use Of Props: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Use Of Video Wall: Rotorua Boys' High School

Best Theme: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Use Of Drama: Katikati College

ZM Soundtrack Award: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Choreography: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Best Lighting: Katikati College

Outstanding Rangatahi Award: Charlie From Rotorua Boys' High School

Tikanga Award: TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Wearable Art: Jade Newton, Otumoetai College for Going Going Gone!

Showquest is being staged in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, Otago, Southland. A National Final will name the top entry nationwide in September.


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