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Smokefree Tangata Beats originally started in 1994 as the Urban Beats Award which was part of Smokefreerockquest. Over the years the event has grown and evolved into a competition in its own right.

Formerly called Smokefree Pacifica Beats, we renamed the competition this year to Smokefree Tangata Beats to be more inclusive. Smokefree Tangata Beats showcases the unique cultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific.