Rockers make final

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Finalists: Haven band members, from left, Harrison Maguire, Jack Wilson and Ryan Connaghan

A trio of teen rockers have become the first Wakatipu High School band to make the finals at Smokefree Rockquest.

Haven, comprised of Ryan Connaghan, Harrison Maguire and Jack Wilson, are one of just seven bands to make the national finals.

It’s the first time in its 31-year history that Rockquest’s national final has featured a Queenstown band, according to Haven bassist and singer Ryan.

“We weren’t expecting that,” he laughs.

He found out they’d made the cut after receiving a text message from a mate on Friday afternoon.

“It was pretty surreal, I couldn’t really believe it. We’re really honoured.”

The final will be held in Auckland on September 14, where Haven will play two songs in front of its biggest audience ever.

“It’ll be good to just go on and have a good time,” Ryan says.

There’s plenty to play for, so to speak.

The winner of the band section will receive $10,000 worth of music gear from the Rockshop, as well as funding to record a song and music video from NZ on Air.

– DAISY HUDSON