IMMEDIATE MEDIA ALERT
STAGE CHALLENGE HAS WRAPPED UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND THE NATIONAL WINNERS ARE IN!
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(20/09/2016 – AKL, NZ) The Stage Challenge Foundation is excited to announce that after an enthralling nationwide tour
which involved more than 14,000 participants from 180 schools, Wanganui High School have won 1st Place in the 2016 national awards with their powerful performance, 29 Below.
November 19, 2010, forever remembered in NZ’s history. Pike River miners went to work, 29 never returned. In years past,
canaries monitored gas levels in mines - if canaries stopped singing, and died, dangerous gas levels were indicated and
miners knew to flee. It defies belief that in a contemporary mine there was not even a canary to signal danger.
National Judge Cate Prestidge viewed footage of schools that placed at every event throughout the country focusing on Concept, Soundtrack and Drama.
Prestidge offered nothing but praise for Wanganui High School’s performance calling it, “Confident, confrontational and
powerful, which the audience would have found incredibly moving”.
Now in its 24th year, 2016 was another stellar Stage Challenge year, as youth throughout the nation continue to raise
the bar with their creativity and expression. Prestidge supports this saying, “The thinking and research behind many
performances was exceptional and strong. Creative work was apparent in all aspects of the entries from set and costume
design to the narratives and performances”.
In a close second place was Tauranga Girls’ College with their empowering performance Sacred Journey – I am strength, I am beauty, which had Prestidge raving - calling it a “Positive and strong performance that audiences would have found easy to
relate to due to the overall message of one’s journey to womanhood”.
Sharing third place was Hawera High School with their performance No More Borders and Rotorua Girls’ High School with Looking Back, Moving Forward.
Event Coordinator Shanell Bielawa also adds, Stage Challenge is such a well-rounded, widely appreciated event – to not
only be nominated for a national award but to win one is an amazing achievement. Well done to all of this year’s
Although they didn’t receive a national award, Prestidge made a special mention of Papamoa High School and their
performance - Dia De Los Muertos- The Day of The Dead, which was based on the Mexican tradition of celebrating the memories you have for someone who’s passed on. Prestidge
called it “visually stunning” due to the dramatic use of skeleton props and the powerful concept Papamoa High portrayed.
Stage Challenge Production Manager, Duane Inocencio announced two Backstage Award winners - Mount Maunganui College and
Wairarapa College. Wairarapa College had an impressive backstage crew, whilst Mount Maunganui College presented Mr
Inocencio with a fantastic ‘Crew Portfolio’, which outlined their props and the purpose of each in great detail.
The Stage Challenge Foundation congratulates all of the schools that participated throughout the country. 2016 was
another fantastic year of youth creativity and expression.
Please find below a complete list of awards and placings below.
2016 STAGE CHALLENGE® NATIONAL AWARDS LIST 2016 Stage Challenge® 1st Place National Division Wanganui High School 2016 Stage Challenge® 2nd Place National Division Tauranga Girls’ College 2016 Stage Challenge® 3rd Place National Division (Shared) Rotorua Girls’ High School, Hawera High School Ministry of Education
National Award of Excellence for Concept Whangarei Girls’ High School Ministry of Youth Development
National Award of Excellence for Drama Bream Bay College The Edge
National Award of Excellence for Soundtrack Sacred Heart Girls’ College (Hamilton) National Backstage Crew Winners (Shared) Mount Maunganui College, Wairarapa College Ministry of Youth Development
National Award of Excellence for Student Leadership Christchurch Girls’ & Boys’ High School Combined (Pieta McAleer- Harding)
Stage Challenge & J Rock offers the perfect platform for students to develop self-belief, confidence and resilience, as the safe, fun and
exciting atmosphere upholds key values of attending school, working towards realistic education goals, and staying fit
and healthy without tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.