Student Ambassadors

2018 Student Ambassadors announced!

Congratulations to our final twelve 2018 New Zealand Festival Student Ambassadors:

Aria Leader-Fiamatai, Ben Shea, Gabbi Conway, Hariata  Moriarty, Kaira Scheck, Leroy Paton-Goldsbury, Maddie Brooks Gillespie, Niruthmie Pallawala, Raihan Bismo, Saffron Calman-ODonnell, Thomas Morum-Kelly and Watene Campbell.

Follow their journey here...


Toi Toi Writers Award

Thank you to all who submitted stories from across New Zealand. We are very impressed with the quality of young writers and encourage everyone to keep writing stories! 

New Zealand Festival and Toitoi would like to congratulate Lucia Murphy from St Marks Church School as the winner of the 2018 New Zealand Festival Young Writers Award and Joe Popham from Waikanae Primary School as our runner up. 

We look forward to see your stories illustrated and published in the next publication of Toitoi- A Journal for Young Writers and Artists. 


SchoolFest performances and experiences relate directly to strands of the New Zealand curriculum from Levels 2 to 8. They also have direct relevance to many of the NCEA achievement standards of all three levels. 

Relevant curriculum links are noted on each event page and the related achievement standards and objectives are available in Teacher Resource Kits. (Available from 1 December 2017.)

You can also explore SchoolFest events by subject:

What's on at SchoolFest?

Learn more about the types of events on offer to schools.

Schools-only events

This year’s SchoolFest programme offers a range of tailor-made events just for schools. Choose from three waka experiences inspired by A Waka Odyssey, our week-long celebration of Aotearoa’s voyaging past and Pacific future. Or seize a special schools-only opportunity to play in Future Playground, our creative digital wonderland. See the full range of Schools-only events

Festival shows

Through SchoolFest, students can attend a public performance of a Festival show at a special SchoolFest ticket price of $15. (Please note the best available tickets are often C or D Reserve.) See the full range of SchoolFest Festival shows

Writers & Readers Schools Day

Writers & Readers Schools Day will be held on Thursday 8 March at the Michael Fowler Centre. SchoolFest is bringing leading authors, illustrators, comics creators and Wellington students together across six inspiring sessions and two workshops. Each session is 45 minutes long and is followed by a 15-minute book signing.

Download our printable Writers & Readers Schools Day programme

Artist Talks

Students can also attend a free public Artist Talk for some performances. These are a great opportunity for students to learn more about a show and its creators and are mostly suited to Years 12–13. See all Artist Talks available for SchoolFest performances. 


Tickets for schools to New Zealand Festival shows are just $15 per student. SchoolFest partner ticket prices may vary and are listed on each event page. 

SchoolFest provides a wide range of free events at no cost to schools.


Booking online is easy using our booking form.

SchoolFest sessions fill up quickly, so get in and request seats for your students as soon as possible. You can confirm final numbers in 2018. As demand exceeds availability for most Festival performances, we retain the right to limit the number of seats available to any one school.

An adult must accompany each student group attending a Festival show. We can issue one teacher or caregiver ticket for every 10 students at SchoolFest ticket rates ($15). Additional teachers or caregivers must pay the full adult price. (Please refer to the main events for adult pricing.)

Content warnings

Suitability is based on our recommendation only and we have provided content warnings where appropriate. The New Zealand Festival takes no responsibility for any offence caused but please feel welcome to contact the SchoolFest team to discuss any concerns about a show’s content.


The award-winning and family-owned Tranzit Coachlines is offering a special promotion to make SchoolFest more accessible to more schools around the region. 

Your school may be eligible for discounted return travel to SchoolFest. This offer is open for all schools travelling from Kāpiti Coast, Lower Hutt, Palmerston North, Porirua, Wairarapa, Wellington, Whanganui and Upper Hutt. 

This offer is subject to conditions and availability at time of booking.

Please contact Emma at Tranzit Coachlines to book your discounted transport: emmaj@tranzit.co.nz.

Tranzit Coachlines


It’s your SchoolFest and we’ll do our best to make sure access is never a problem for you. 


These are designed to welcome people who benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) people on the autism spectrum and people with intellectual or learning disabilities.

There will be a relaxed performance of: 



Find out more about the access available at specific venues. All venues have limited wheelchair seating.

See a full list of accessible and inclusive Festival events here

Contact us

Coralie Tapper or Patrick Davies


(04) 912 0425