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Smokefreerockquest is a nationwide competition and youth event in New Zealand. With a series of over 40 events, it aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability, encourage their peers, and support original New Zealand music. Smokefree Tangata Beats is a similar programme that runs alongside Smokefreerockquest, and focuses more on the unique cultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, and the youth who are making that music reflects that.

This series of webisodes will follow the Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats in their 2018 journey around New Zealand, as high school youth from all backgrounds perform original music with the hopes of getting to the National Final. Come with us behind the scenes to see why Smokefreerockquest is still going strong after 30 years!