HEA 2021

Harmony Education Aotearoa 2021

The HEA education weekends have become a regular institution in the BHNZ calendar with world-class education and world-class fun. Due to the popularity and strategic locations of venues that best cover the majority of our barbershop membership, we are meeting again in Ngaruawahia (15 mins north of Hamilton) and Middleton Grange School in Christchurch.


There will be three one-hour education classes during the weekend, each with four choices of topic. No need to select classes when you register – see the timetable* and we’ll let you know where to go on the day. Other classes will be held in general sessions including Chorus Coaching Under Glass, and Large Chorus coaching which was very popular at last year's Un-Conventional - all attendees will be divided into two choruses and you will spend over an hour with our top coaches preparing a package to present at the Sing-Off.
* Select the "HEA 2021" menu at the top of the web page to view the timetables.

Everyone in Harmony

You’ll be delighted to know we will retain some of the fun activities we enjoyed at Un-Conventional last November with an increased focus on chorus singers. Another very popular outcome was the inclusion of all genders making for a very communal and family-type atmosphere.

Regional Quartet Qualification Contest

The Regional Quartet Qualification Contest will be held at each HEA. Details about registration for quartets (separate from HEA registration) are available HERE.

Please note the timing of the quartet contest is different at each HEA.

Christchurch – Saturday 29 May 10.30 am

Ngaruawahia – Friday 11 June 8.30 pm

Any quartet may compete at either of the contests - you are not restricted to your 'Island' if you have an availability issue. Select the "Contest" menu (under the "HEA 2021" menu at the top of the page) for more information.


Make sure you arrange travel to arrive at the venue no later than 6.30 pm on Friday evening. As usual, HEA will finish after lunch on Sunday.

Please indicate during registration any special dietary needs, airport pick-up requirements, etc, and for Christchurch, whether you would like a Plainsmen homestay.

Please note we will not be offering individual quartet coaching, however, you are welcome to approach our Faculty members during the weekend to book some coaching time. Bring chocolate. There will be plenty of time to enjoy chorus ensemble singing.

For registration click here.

Registration Cost

$60 ($100 non-members) includes lunch on Sat and Sun. Provide own dinner.

$180 ($220 for non-members) includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch on Sat and Sun, and Sat dinner
Linen is $20 - bring an extra blanket but heaters in rooms

There is no youth rate, because the rates are already very reasonable.



Harmony Education Aotearoa is Barbershop Harmony New Zealand's world-class teaching and learning programme. The programme offers premiere annual education events for barbershop singers, directors, school teachers, coaches, and arrangers. 

We believe that singing is for everyone. Many of our services and events are offered to both members and non-members of Barbershop Harmony New Zealand.

HEA 2021 - Ngaruawahia

11-13th June 2021
Ngaruawahia Christian Camp.

Accommodation and meals (2 nights) 
BYO sheets and duvet or sleeping bag or pay $20 extra for Bed Linen.

Ngaruawahia is around 1h 30m south of Auckland, and about 20 minutes north of Hamilton - the trip from Mangere (Auckland) Airport is around 1h 15m, and from Hamilton Airport 45m.



28-30 May 2021
Middleton Grange School,
Buy your own dinner on Friday and Saturday evening.
Billeting with The Plainsmen is an option for accommodation – tick the box during registration