The country was rockin’ to the sweet sounds of local music this weekend with Smokefreerockquest holding heats across Northland, Canterbury, Waikato and the East Coast, along with regional finals in Nelson.

Four-piece pop group Motion, from Garin College, took out the Nelson regional final of Smokefreerockquest in front of a sell-out crowd of 500 at Theatre Royal on Friday night.

Motion’s refined sound and hook-driven songs set them apart from the 11 other acts vying for the title. Front man Kieran O’Connor says the key was in shifting the focus off winning.

“I was saying to the boys beforehand, you know, let’s just forget about trying to get the awards and go out there and give it our all,” he says. “We spent a lot of time polishing and critiquing the songs. We just wanted to get up there and play music that lots of people would enjoy.”

Next weekend sees heats begin in Otago, Hawkes Bay, and the Bay of Plenty. Be sure to head along and support your local talent!


Nelson Finals Results

Band 1st: Motion – Garin College

Band 2nd: The Hoard – Golden Bay High School

Solo/Duo 1st (announced at heats): Cam Dawson – Garin College

Solo/Duo 2nd (announced at heats): Tegen Fisher – Waimea College

Band 3rd: Outlet – Nelson College

APRA Lyric Award: Fly High by Liam Poole, from Slouch Couch – Nayland College

Lowdown Best Song: Tetra – Nelson College for Girls

Smokefree Vocals Award: Summah Simmons, from Acoustic Knot – Waimea College

Dominate Style Award: The Hoard – Golden Bay High School

People’s Choice voted by text: Coastal – Nelson College For Girls


Northland Solo Duo and Heats Results

Cypruss – Kerikeri High School

The Monkey Assassins – Rodney College

Alien Weaponry               – Bream Bay College, Otamatea High School

H.K.A – Broadwood Area School

Re-Bound – Rodney College

Southgate – Mahurangi College

Something Like That – Bream Bay College

Take 2 – Huanui College

WHC – Whangaroa College

Room 44 – Whangarei Girls’ High School


Canterbury Solo Duo and Heats Results

Accretion Disk – Hagley Community College

MCB – Marian College

Midnight things – St Bedes College

In The City – Christchurch Boys’ High School

Toastduty – Middleton Grange School

The Blind Fishermen – Cashmere High School

Souldrop – St Andrew’s College, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Burnside High School

Witchcult – Hagley Community College

Judah and the Lazers – Shirley Boys’ High School

Eclipse – Shirley Boys’ High School

Xenolithic – Cashmere High School

Ancora – Burnside High School


Waikato Heats Results

Half Eaten Pie – Te Awamutu College

The Flock – Hauraki Plains College

Tidal Control – Hillcrest High School

Phobic Vase – St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton)

Buy the Whey – Morrinsville College

Sweet Amor – Hamilton Boys’ High School, St Peter’s School (Cambridge)

Bermuda Triangle – St John’s College (Hillcrest)

Majestic Unicorns – Raglan Area School

Situation Vacant – Hamilton Boys’ High School, Hamilton Girls’ High School

The Witnesses – Thames High School

Square Pegs – Morrinsville College

Tree Juice – Cambridge High School


East Coast Solo Duo and Band Heats Results

The Search – Gisborne Boys’ High School, Lindisfarne College

Dark Soul – Wairoa College

Lyric inc. – Gisborne Girls’ High School

Grey Nebula – Gisborne Girls’ High School

Flux – Gisborne Girls’ High School

Axiom – Gisborne Girls’ High School

Shadows In The Darkness – Campion College

Kurawaka – TKKM O Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti

Wahine Toa – Gisborne Girls’ High School

The Reverse Situation – Campion College

Incendia – Gisborne Girls’ High School

Ludus – Gisborne Girls’ High School

Special Children – Campion College, Lytton High School, Gisborne Boys’ High


For more info check out the Smokefreerockquest website.