2012 Winner

Steven Nai

Steven won an electric ukulele from Lewis Eady. The judges commented his was a "stand out performance". NZUT proudly showcased this talented young musician on the main stage at the 2012 NZ Ukulele Festival.

Since winning Uke-Quest Steven has appeared on national television and played as a guest musician with the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and international ukulele virtuouso James Hill where he received a standing ovation. 

New Zealand Ukulele is proud to be able to provide opportunities to showcase talented youth musicians and encourage songwriting in schools and the community.  We would like to acknowlege the support of our competition partners APRA, MAINZ and Lewis Eady. 



APRA Uke Can Do It
Adult Category
1st Place Won’t You Stay by Frank Olivier – judges comment “all round good” song
2nd Place Happy Holidays by Ahjay Stelino
3rd Place Kiwis Can Ukulele by Barry “Baz” Bemrose
Student Category
1st Place Eyes of Aotearoa by Tanika van Dijk
2nd Place Haere Mai by Bayfield School Songwriting Group
3rd Place Box of Life by Emily Rose Young – judges special mention for an “amazing voice”
Overall Winner
Selection for 2018 Kiwileles Songbook and MAINZ recording prize
"Won’t You Stay" by Frank Olivier

The K-Factor Bill Sevesi Award
Henderson Intermediate - see clip here

Uke Quest
1st Place: Allen Karena
2nd Place: Caitlin Casey

Uke Can Rap
Hope Milo, Ellerslie School
Lucy Gilmour, Hunua
Emilia ReghenzaniPoint View School

Uke Art winners will be announced at the Homecoming Event on Saturday 2nd December.

The winners are...                     

Congratulations to you all!