Smokefree Tangata Beats is a live, original music, nationwide, youth event that recognises and reflects the unique cultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific.

The event started in 1994 as the Urban Beats Award within Smokefreerockquest. The event has steadily built over the years into a competition in its own right, and was originally called Smokefree Pacifica Beats. It was renamed as Smokefree Tangata Beats for 2018 to be more inclusive.

The Smokefree Tangata Beats competition aims to be a platform for developing and growing young music talent in Aotearoa. It has been a nurturing ground for young artists who are successful today, such as Nesian Mystik – Nesian Mystik are the only New Zealand band to ever have ten singles all certified gold or platinum.

Smokefree Tangata Beats aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability with cultural relevance and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support 100% original Aotearoa Kiwi music.

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Dates for 2021

Please note that it is possible some of these dates may 
change closer to the time.

You need to have completed the online registration form by 12th May 2021 (the sooner you get it done, the more time you allow yourself to get organised with all the information).
If you run into any issues around getting your entry in before 12 May, please contact us.


Heat Date


Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau
June 19, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Bay of Plenty / Te Moana-a-Toi
May 16, 2021
Bay Court Theatre
Canterbury / Waitaha
May 15, 2021
Aurora Centre
Central Otago
June 19, 2021
Lake Wanaka Centre
East Coast
June 11, 2021
War Memorial Theatre
Hawke’s Bay / Te Matau-a-Māui
June 12, 2021
Napier BHS
May 16, 2021
Globe Theatre
Nelson / Whakatū
May 8, 2021
Annesbrook Church
Otago / Ōtākou
May 22, 2021
Taieri College
Southland / Murihiku
June 17, 2021
Civic Theatre
Tai Tokerau / Northland
May 23, 2021
Tikipunga HS
May 29, 2021
TBS Showplace
June 26, 2021
Craighead Auditorium
May 15, 2021
Clarence St Theatre
June 5, 2021
Carterton Events Centre
Wellington / Te Upoko o te Ika
May 15, 2021
Notre Dame PAC
West Coast / Te Tai Poutini
June 26, 2021
Whanganui Opera House


We’d love to hear from you:
Instagram - @tangatabeats
Facebook - @tangatabeats
YouTube - @rockquest

Email us – help@smokefreerockquest.co.nz

Phone us – (03) 545 6574

Write to us – PO Box 568, Nelson


We are extremely grateful for our wonderful sponsors.
Without them, Smokefree Tangata Beats would not be possible.



Who can enter Smokefree Tangata Beats?
When are entries due?
What are the Smokefreerockquest Conditions of Entry?
Can people play in more than one band, 
or enter in a band AND as a soloist?
Can we add, remove or change the members of our band once we’ve entered into Smokefree Tangata Beats?
What happens if one of our band members 
leaves school after we enter?
We entered a while ago but haven’t heard back or 
received any information. What should we do?
How do we change the band name that we entered into Smokefree Tangata Beats?
My band is pulling out of Smokefree Tangata Beats. Who do we contact to let know?
Who do I contact if an entrant, or their friends or whanau who will be attending an event, has ACCESSIBILITY requirements?


Smokefree Tangata Beats (www.sftb.nz)

Alongside SFRQ is Smokefree Tangata Beats. This event, again run nationwide for school age students, recognises and reflects the unique cultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. Participants must incorporate Te Reo Māori or a Polynesian language, instruments, dance or movement in their performance. The event motivates young musicians to express themselves with cultural relevance, and to encourage their peers to support original Aotearoa Kiwi music.  

Smokefree Tangata Beats standout successes include Alien Weaponry, Strangely Arousing Nesian Mystik, the only New Zealand band to ever have ten singles all certified gold or platinum.