About us

Northland Performing Arts Competitions Society  Inc. (NPACS) 

Since 1949, NPACS have held an annual festival of dance, music and speech & drama competitions in Whangārei. They are usually held in August and September. The festival offers a forum for children, students and adults to perform and compete against one another.

The Society is registered with the Charities Commission - registration number CC39154.

2024 Committee

Patron: Rosalie Gwilliam 

President: Phillipa Taylor 

Vice President: Jane Gibson 

Secretary: Rosalie Gwilliam  

Treasurer: Phillipa Taylor

Publicity & Promotions: Ann-Marie Petty O’Shea 

Sponsorship/Funding: Nicola Sikulu and Karla Parton 

Committee: Erin Tahauri, 

Festival section convenors

Ballet: Ann-Marie Petty O’Shea

Modern Jazz & Tap Dance: Phillipa Taylor

Vocal: Kathy Bygrave

Piano & Instrumental: Vacant

Speech & Drama: Vacant

Life members

Past life members

Barbara Thomson, Beth Ackers, Jean Chave, John House, Keith Thomson, Lesley Gallop, Marion Fisher, Marion Green and  Valerie Mortimore.

Current life members

Jane Gibson, Phyllis Simpson, Rae Patterson, Rosalie Gwilliam and Trish Fowke.