HEA 2023

Harmony Education Aotearoa 2023

The HEA education weekends have become a regular institution in the BHNZ calendar with world-class education and world-class fun. Your BHNZ Education Team is pleased to confirm that the HEA workshop weekends will be held in June as follows:

 Harmony Education Aotearoa 2023 - South Island
When 9-11 June 2023
Where Middleton Grange School
30 Acacia Ave, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Registration Registration has closed.
$65 includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on Friday and Saturday is your own care.
Accommodation Own care.  Billeting with The Plainsmen is an option for accommodation (tick the box during registration).  Buy your own dinner on Friday and Saturday evening
Quartet Qualification Contest 11am Saturday morning.
 Harmony Education Aotearoa 2023 - North Island
When 16-18 June 2023
Where El Rancho Camp and Conference Centre
58 Weggery Drive, Waikanae Beach.
Registration $250 includes accommodation and meals.
Accommodation Shared dormitory style is included in the registration fee.  Please BYO linen and towels, or pay $22 extra to have them supplied.
Quartet Qualification Contest 8pm Friday night


Don't miss the Pacific Connection Showcase!

By happy coincidence, the Northern 2023 HEA event is on the same weekend as a not-to-be-missed concert. The Pacific Connection Showcase is going to be a highlight of HEA 2023. All registrants are invited to attend this farewell concert on Saturday night as our gold medal champion chorus prepares to head to Kentucky to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the BHS International Convention in July.

Tickets are $30 and will be available for purchase soon through Eventbrite. 

Each HEA attendee will need to purchase their own ticket and any additional tickets for friends and family. Transport will be available from El Rancho straight after dinner (which is at 5.30pm) leaving no later than 6.15pm. Thank you to those many people who have offered car rides. Everyone attending the show will be allocated a car in which to ride! Please offer your driver $10 for petrol. 

As per tradition at a pasifika event, there will be a taualuga where a siva (dance) is performed at the end of the show and people are invited to acknowledge their enjoyment and appreciation through placing donations in a bowl at the front.  There has been overwhelming pressure on families who have multiple talented members in the group. Please consider bringing some cash so you are able to take part in the taualuga and help our brothers and sisters cover their costs to represent us.


There will be four 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 Jumble, Coaching Under Glass, and Big Chorus coaching where all attendees will be divided into two choruses and enjoy the thrill of a big chorus sound while being coached by our top-shelf faculty members.
* Select the "HEA 2023" menu at the top of the web page to view the timetables.

Everyone in Harmony

Singers of all genders and BHNZ non-members are welcome to attend.  If you love singing, you're in!

Quartet Coaching

Quartet coaching is available. Please select that you and your quartet want coaching when completing your registration.

Quartets will not be allocated to coaching spots until all four members have registered. Members MUST include quartet name to be matched with their quartet.


Attendees at this year's HEA events are in for a really delightful experience. We have commissioned two of our BHNZ rising star arrangers to each provide an arrangement of a song suitable for all voices, not too hard, and fun for all to learn to sing together. How cool is that?! Rowena Harper from Waikato Rivertones in Hamilton has provided a stunning arrangement of Distant Sun by Crowded House, and Will Lynch from Promenade and Quantum Acoustics has not only arranged a song but composed an original song of his own called You and Me (which we are already referring to affectionately as YAM). 

Your registration will cover the cost of your copy of each of the songs which will be 'for educational purposes only' however, if your ensemble wishes to purchase legal copies for further use, we'll let you know how to go about that after HEA. We will email you details on how to access the music after you have registered.

Please note we will be focussing on Rowena's arrangement of Distant Sun at El Rancho and Will's song You and Me in Christchurch, but please bring both songs so we can sing the other one during breaks!

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 10th June 11.00 am

Waikanae – Friday 16th June 8.00 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 2023" 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 and, for Christchurch, whether you would like to be billeted by The Plainsmen.

For registration click here.

Registration Cost


$65 includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. You will need to provide your own dinner on Friday and Saturday.


$250 includes accommodation (shared dormitory style, no bunks, and 2 to 4 to a room), breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Linen is $22 extra - there are heaters in the rooms, but you might like to bring an extra blanket in case.

Because there is very little saving in 'living out', there will be no 'live-out' registration price available this year. The venue El Rancho charges a minimum of 80 live-in guests and this means we will be able to use our $1250 deposit from last year. You can return each night to alternative accommodation if you wish and you are still welcome to enjoy all meals at El Rancho with your fellow singers.

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

Travel To Waikanae

You can fly into Wellington and take the new Airport Express Bus (the "AX") to Wellington train station ($5) Then take the Kapiti Line train from Wellington Central Station to Waikanae. Timetable here. You don’t have to change trains. The cost is $7 – you can pay at the ticket booth (with card or cash) before boarding the train, or pay the conductor on the train (cash only). It takes approx. 60 mins to travel to Waikanae.

Alternatively, you may prefer to fly direct into Paraparaumu Airport with Air Chatham.

We are working on options for transport from Waikanae Train Station to El Rancho, and from Paraparaumu Airport to El Rancho.  Details to come. 


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 2023 - North Island

16-18 June 2023
El Rancho,

Northern HEA is at Waikanae, on Wellington's Kapiti coast.

You can fly into Wellington, take the new Airport Express Bus to Wellington train station ($5) then train to Waikanae Station ($7). You may prefer to fly direct into Paraparaumu Airport with Air Chatham.

Accommodation is shared dormitory style (no bunks), and 2 to 4 to a room. Bring your own bedding or use El Rancho bedding for an extra $22. The units have heaters, and all morning/afternoon teas and meals are in communal areas.


HEA 2023 - South Island

9-11 June 2023
Middleton Grange School,

Southern HEA is at Middleton Grange School in the Christchurch suburb of Upper Riccarton (map), about 15 minutes drive from Christchurch Airport.

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