A number of Franklin high school students have come away with awards at the recent regional Smokefree Rockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats finals.
Kieran Jepson from Waiuku College won the APRA Lyric Award at the Smokefree Rockquest earlier in May, while at the Smokefree Pacifica Beats event, Pukekohe High School’s Cadex won the People’s Choice Award, and Dodavah Niko, from Cadex won Smokefree Best Vocals Award.
Smokefree Pacifica Beats recognises the unique cultural identity of New Zealand and the Pacific and participants had to incorporate Maori or Polynesian language, instruments, dance or movement in their performance.
Many bands from the Franklin area, including Waiuku College, Pukekohe High School and Wesley College took part in this year’s Smokefree Rockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats. The national final is on Friday 1 September.