New Stage Challenge
The team behind the annual Smokefree Rockquest high school events will now be running the replacement for Stage Challenge. In February, Education Minister Chris Hipkins promised that the Government would step in to find a replacement for the popular school cultural event, after it was canned because of a lack of funding. More than 500,000 students had participated in the shows in the past 25 years. Yesterday, Hipkins – a former Stage Challenge participant himself – said a new school arts events would replace Stage Challenge. RockQuest Promotions Ltd (Rockquest) would run the event this year.