RQP is NZ’s largest provider of creative arts opportunities outside the classroom, with an unparalleled reach across Aotearoa and an engaged network of teachers, students and whānau. We have Level 3 NZ Govt Social Sector Accreditation and registered charitable status to provide cornerstone support via our Charitable Trusts. We nurture rangatahi to be empowered explorers, creative pioneers, and inspired individuals through a nurturing and holistic development environment, fostering their ability to thrive in a world of boundless possibilities.
We have a small, highly skilled and dedicated team that brings their diverse skills together to create world-class events. Above all, we love the arts and are passionate about supporting young rangatahi in finding their passions.
RQP founders Glenn Common and Pete Rainey were honoured with the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Music in 2013, and continue to lead the team that now runs this NZ institution from offices in Nelson and Auckland. In 2021, Pete and Glenn were recognised for their contributions to New Zealand music through the Independent Spirit Award at the Taite Music Awards awards. The award was granted to them for their contributions to music via Smokefreerockquest, celebrating “33 years of motivating young musicians and helping them to develop their talent and creativity, musicianship, and performance skills.”
Our wider community extends to the New Zealand music industry, where we work with APRA, Recorded Music NZ, promoters, producers, recording labels, and radio and TV networks. Dubbed our Hall of Fame, musical successes from Smokefreerockquest over its 30+ year history include Broods, Kimbra, Aaradhna, Opshop, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die!, Joel Little, Tiny Ruins, Marlon Williams, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Chelsea Jade, Nadia Reid, Aldous Harding, Steriogram, Phoenix Foundation, Devilskin, The Black Seeds, Bic Runga, and The Naked and Famous.
Past entrants remain part of our community and continue to come back and support the next generation going through the Smokefreerockquest experience - lending their time and experience through judging, mentorship, performance and resource creation.
Relationship & Event Coordinator
Youth Development Manager