Trustpower Arena hosted school teams performing at Showquest, Aotearoa’s largest performing arts competition for schools.
Bay of Plenty was the fifth region to host the event.
Rockquest Promotions general manager Matt Ealand said this year’s regional Showquest competition has once again opened their eyes to the talent of young rangatahi in New Zealand.
“We are extremely grateful to be back with live events this year and once again we are amazed at the high quality of the performances,” said Matt.
“The leadership and teamwork required to build a performance at this level is immense and these school teams have done an incredible job. “
“I was seriously impressed with all the mana tonight in all of the performances, they took us on a journey and I was so invested every step of the way,” said Grace Palmer, judge for the night.
“There was so much heart going there which was really cool to watch.”
In the Junior section, Lynmore School took the winning place with its play on the theme of your teams. In the Open section, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Hurungaterangi wins the title with his play on the theme “The Lost Boy”, telling the story of a boy growing up in their community.
Teams are judged globally on their production, performance, movement and theme.
The full list of Showquest Bay of Plenty Junior rewards:
1st place: Lynmore School
2nd place: intermediate of Mount Maunganui
3rd place: Tahatai Coast School
Costume and Upgrade: Lynmore School
Best Use of Accessories: Intermediate Mokoia
Best Use of Video Wall: Mount Maunganui Intermediate
Best Theme: Lynmore School
Best Use of Drama: Intermediate Mokoia
ZM Soundtrack Award: St Mary’s Catholic School (Rotorua)
Best Choreography: Lynmore School
Best lighting: Mokoia Intermediate & Tahatai School
Outstanding Rangatahi Award: Ramari of Mount Maunganui Intermediate
Tikanga Prize: Intermediate Mokoia
The full list of Showquest Bay of Plenty Open rewards:
1st place: TKKM O Hurungaterangi
2nd place: Rotorua Boys’ High School
3rd place: Katikati College
Costume and Upgrade: 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 Theater: Katikati College
ZM Soundtrack Prize: TKKM O Hurungaterangi
Best Choreography: TKKM O Hurungaterangi
Best Lighting: Katikati College
Outstanding Rangatahi Award: Charlie from Rotorua Boys’ High School
Tikanga Prize: TKKM O Hurungaterangi
Dress Art: Jade Newton, Otumoetai College for Going Going Gone!
Showquest takes place in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, Otago, Southland. A national final will nominate the best national entry in September.