2018 Competition Results


Overall 2018 Uke-Can-Do-It Prize Winner

“Up” by 15 year old Marianne Leigh,  Baradene College, Auckland

Best Song – Student Entry 

“Up” by 15 year old Marianne Leigh,  Baradene College, Auckland


Best Song – Adult Entry

“No App for That” by Miguel Hamber, Auckland


Highly Commended Awards

“Her” by 16 year old Ariel Kelly, Kristen School, Auckland

“Dance With Me” by 6 year old Aiden Castelino, Kings School, Auckland

“Tukua Tatou Aotearoa” by 11 year old Emily-Rose Young, St Clair Primary School, Dunedin


2018 Uke-quest Prize Winners

Liv & Arohaina

Liv Mallon, Avondale College, Auckland

Arohaina Taituha, Ngā Taiātea Wharekura, Hamilton


Highly Commended Awards:

Marianne Leigh, Baradene College, Auckland


Caitlin Casey, St Mary’s College, Auckland


K-Factor & Bill Sevesi Performance Prize Winner:

Newmarket School


Highly Commended Award:

Royal Oak Primary



2018 Kiwileles’ Rehearsals

Registered Kiwilele Schools brought along their Kiwileles to experience the magic of one of our festival rehearsals! This was a great experience for the kids and a good way to practice all the songs in a big group before the festival. 

This year we had four rehearsals.

Presented by George Karklins
Friday October 19th, 10am – 12pm
Whangarei Central Baptist Church
200 Bank Street, Whangarei

Auckland – Central
Presented by Marian Burns
Friday October 19th, 10am – 12pm
Point Chevalier School
7 Te Ra Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland

Auckland – South
Presented by Maria Winder
Friday October 26th, 10am – 12pm
East Tamaki School
196 Preston Rd, Otara

Presented by Maria Winder, Celia Williamson and members of the NZ Ukulele Squad
Wednesday 31st October, Venue Excite Music and Arts Academy, Hamilton


Upcoming 2018 NZ Ukulele Squad  & Kiwileles’ Performances:

Combined Junior & Senior Squads: Armistice Day Concert, 2pm at Auckland War Memorial Museum on Sun 11th November

NZ Ukulele Squads and Kiwileles will perform at The NZ Ukulele Festival, 12pm – 3pm at Trusts Arena on Sat 17th November