Since 1966 the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand Inc. (PACANZ) has acted as the National Body for
New Zealand’s Performing Arts Competition Societies.

The PACANZ objectives are:

  • To be the representative national organisation for performing arts competition societies in New Zealand
  • To encourage, foster and promote the practice and appreciation of the performing arts in New Zealand

Our Member Societies operate competition festivals throughout New Zealand, with young people participating in one
or sometimes several of the art forms offered.



 National Young Performer Awards


In 1977 PACANZ initiated the National Young Performer Awards.

This multi-discipline award, represents 8 of the art forms traditionally covered in the competitions movement, and is the pinnacle of achievement for many of our competitors giving them a unique opportunity to perform at national level.

Since the inaugural Awards in 1977, more than 150 Awards have been decided at competitions that have hosted hundreds of aspiring performing artists. Through Prize monies and Tuition grants, more than $500,000 has been invested back into the performing arts movement.