We believe the benefit from being taught a craft by someone who is skilled, educated and uses their talent within the community is second to none. All our tutors are involved in a number of different aspects within the music and performance industries. Bands, solo projects, recording and production experience enable them to bring a wealth of knowledge to their lessons. Focusing on technique, theory and live performance ensures that, with enough practice, students progress in leaps and bounds. Mauao Performing Arts Centre's mission is to provide a fun and educational experience that gets results and keeps students interested and keen to learn more. Students grow and work towards taking to the awesome TOTARA ST stage at one of our prestigious student concerts. One of the great benefits of learning with MauaoPAC is that students get to experience performing in a safe and supportive environment alongside other artists and on the same stage as international touring acts and some of New Zealand's best-known performers.
Founded in 2010, Mauao Performing Arts Centre is comprised of five teaching studios, a recording studio, waiting room, reception, commercial kitchen and a 420 capacity performance space named TOTARA ST. Since inception there have been many upgrades and adjustments made to provide the community with the best facilities possible. We provide one-on-one private tuition, group drama classes, a school holiday DJ Academy, special needs workshops and the MauaoPAC Contemporary Choir. With a raft of activity going on under one roof, MauaoPAC provides musicians, students and families with a creative hub. Taking into account the diverse variety of shows and events that occur in the TOTARA ST performance space, the Centre plays host to all walks of life within our amazing and talented community.
The Butlers & Muroki
Low Strung & Village Sounds Presents: The Butlers & Muroki Autumn Express Tour
The Butlers and Muroki are packing up their bags, jumping on a BUS and zipping around Aotearoa to a spot near you. All aboard The Autumn Express.
Dan Sharp - Leighton Fairlie - Wildlanes - Adam McLean
It is with great excitement that the team at Bay Originals presents this one off-show as the finale to Dan Sharp's nation-wide Water Went Away Tour. Since having performed at the first two Bay Originals, Dan has performed all over New Zealand, from mainstage festival slots at Rhythm and Vines and Soundsplash, to his own headline shows, including sold out performances in Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland.
Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 33rd year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year. Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, Smokefreerockquest has now become a New Zealand institution.
Jordan Luck Band 'Whatever Happened?' NZ Winter Tour
Kiwi icon’s The Jordan Luck Band are thrilled to announce their biggest tour in over a decade. Packed with all the classic Exponents hits you know & love, the ‘Whatever Happened?’ NZ Tour will tear through the winter months with a whopping 28 shows over 13 weeks from June to September 2021.
Team Dynamite and ENO X DIRTY
Team Dynamite and ENO X DIRTY
Strange Days is stoked to announce its first event of the year ALL CAPS. Two of NZ's hip hop powerhouses, Team Dynamite and Eno x Dirty, will join forces in the Mount for one night only.
GREG JOHNSON ANNOUNCES HE’S LEAVING A YEAR-LONG LA LOCKDOWN FOR NEW ZEALAND WINTER TOUR. After a prolonged Californian lockdown, Greg Johnson is over the moon to be returning home for his nationwide tour, Time Is A Traveller, which coincides with the release of his brand-new album, Tilt Your Interior.
Rewind - 2000's
Whiteout Glow Show (White clothing or Bright and Tight Fluro gear)
In the golden age of megastar artists like - Usher, Beyoncé and Rihanna. The emo hits of - Paramore, Panic at the Disco, and Fallout Boy. Pop smashers like - Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas, and Pink. And dancefloor fillers like - Pitbull, Cascada, David Guetta, and Flo Rida to name a few. What an era for awesome music.
Brace yourselves Led Zeppelin fans… we have the gig of the year for you on Sat 17 July! Lead Zipline is a collaboration of world-class music session artists paying tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time. Having become marooned in new Zealand during COVID these professional musicians form all over the world banded together to create a top tribute act of Led Zeppelin.
Courtney Barnett - (Solo)
Courtney Barnett announces she will be undertaking a solo tour around Aotearoa this July, in her first live shows in over 12 months. Having been grounded in 2020 care of the global pandemic, Barnett made the best of a bad situation and wrote and recorded a new record. That drops later this year, but before it does the maestro is touring her solo show to all corners of Aotearoa – a country she's adored touring in the past and a place she considers herself lucky to have the opportunity to return to.
Nirvana, Pearl Jam & Red Hot Chili Peppers Live Tributes
They’ve got the funk, the rock and the grunge and they’re headed back to Mount Maunganui! After sold out shows across New Zealand, ‘Lounge Apes’ return with their high energy tributes to ‘Pearl Jam’, ‘The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ and ‘Nirvana’.
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The ThankYOU Show ft Tiki Taane - DATE CHANGED TO 12 DECEMBER 2020
It's time for us to say "ThankYOU". The support we as a venue and a Whānau have had throughout lock down blew us all away. This gig is to show our appreciation. The crew that will jam have donated their time. After the RSVP cut off date, all ticket sales will go to these artists.
End of Year Student Concert | That's a wrap
And that is a wrap team... 2019 done and dusted. Everyone jumped up on stage yesterday and smashed it out of the park. It is not easy getting up in front of a venue full of people and putting it out there. We are so proud of all of MauaoPAC's students for a very entertaining afternoon @ TOTARA ST.