Smokefreerockquest & Smokefree Tangata Beats

An annual music competition for intermediate and high school students throughout New Zealand.

Smokefreerockquest & Smokefree Tangata Beats are New Zealand’s only nationwide, original live music, youth events that provide opportunities for young musicians to showcase their musical talents in their regions and, if successful, at the national final competitions.

Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats aim to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music. It has been steadily growing over the past 30+ years – today two-thirds of all New Zealand secondary schools participate in the competition throughout 23 regions, with audience numbers exceeding 10,000 every year. This year has seen 860 acts enter the events.

For the last 34 years, the Smokefreerockquest stage has hosted the original songs of rangatahi with our young artists performing live in their regions in more than 40 events around the country. Check out the 2022 dates for this years Smokefreerockquest  competition by clicking here.


Smokefree Tangata Beats focuses specifically on music that reflects our unique cultural identity in Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific. This event explores and celebrates ways in which identity and culture can be woven into contemporary music through writing, language, sound, actions, topics, styles and/or flavours reflective of Māori and/or Pacific cultures.  Check out the 2022 dates for this years Smokefree Tangata Beats competition by clicking here.

Smokefree continues to support Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats to:

  • engage with youth in a meaningful way
  • empower youth to make positive choices about their wellbeing
  • encourage youth connectedness, a protective factor in preventing youth from starting to smoke
  • to promote being smokefree as part of the New Zealand way of life.

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Page last updated: 20 Sep 2022