Rock quest for Waikato

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For en­trants in the na­tion­wide high school music com­pe­ti­tion, find­ing a name is often first of many chal­lenges.

Bring Me The Gi­ant and Le­gal Is­sues fea­ture among the bands to play off at the Clarence St Theatre in Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

This year about 3000 young peo­ple will go through re­gional heats and fi­nals in 24 towns from In­ver­cargill to Whanga¯rei com­pet­ing in Smoke­free­rock­quest and Smoke­free Tan­gata Beats (for­merly Paci­fica Beats). Founder and di­rec­tor Glenn Com­mon says in the past 30 years there has been tremen­dous sup­port from schools, who value the frame­work the events cre­ate stu­dents.

“Smoke­free­rock­quest is often men­tioned as the mo­ti­va­tor that keeps kids en­gaged in the school sys­tem. Teach­ers can see the ben­e­fits that be­ing in a band brings — kids learn to co­op­er­ate, to ne­go­ti­ate around their dif­fer­ences, ex­press their thoughts and emo­tions in words, front up on time, pro­mote them­selves and their ideals. And per­form­ing live on stage is a great boost in con­fi­dence.”

Founder and di­rec­tor Pete Rainey says Smoke­free has been sup­port­ing young Ki­wis to show­case their music.

“We all want to en­cour­age kids to look af­ter them­selves and their mates by en­gag­ing with music and the ben­e­fits that brings,” he said. “It’s great to stage events that recog­nise that to­day’s mu­si­cians and artists will play a huge role in shap­ing New Zealand’s fu­ture — with the goal of Smoke­free 2025.”

■ Waikato Heats of Smoke­free­rock­quest are at Clarence Street Theatre, on Sun­day May 27, at 12pm. Tick­ets $10 at the door, no charge for chil­dren five and under.

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