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.
Taking you to that place via Reggae fusion, soulful RNB urges, incognito jazz spills, 808 ends, Paua is one of the most innovative bands on the scene while maintaining an uncluttered heavy roots-reggae groove and relatable, catchy lyrics.
Bay Originals at Totara Street
Bay Originals is a FREE local original music event. Our 5th event brings us to the epic TOTARA ST on Sat June 2nd.
Salmonella Dub Soundsystem
The Salmonella Dub Soundsystem featuring the Mighty Asterix, the full live Salmonella Dub horn section with Andrew on the kix.
Driven To Mayhem
Aura of Chaos - Driven To Mayhem with Leave The Dead, Godzilla Takes New York and Thunderchild. Originating in Whakatane, Aura of Chaos is a hard hitting blend between Metalcore, Deathcore and Melodic Death metal that results in a unique, interesting sound.
Tauranga Music Sux Presents: Loserpalooza 2018
2 Loser Venues: Arcade and Totara Street
12 Loser Hours: 12pm to 12am
30 of your Loser Dollars
25 Loser Bands...
With one of the most current fresh sounds, and pure as fresh water voice, this young rising-star songwriter is going to hit 4 of the main hubs and present you with a very beautiful and string-arranged show of his debut album, in June.
Skinny Hobos - The Album Tour
The Rock presents Skinny Hobos Album Release Tour. Straight off the back of a scorching Homegrown set in Wellington, a couple of dates on I Am Giant’s final NZ tour and the announcement of their debut performance at Spark Arena in support of Biffy Clyro, Skinny Hobos celebrate the launch of their debut album with an 11 date national tour.
Matariki Allstars 2018
MATARIKI ALLSTARS 2018
Aotearoa’s premiere music event celebrating the uniqueness of Matariki in recognition of our established and emerging Māori & Pasifika Artists.
MauaoPAC Term 2 Student Concert
The illustrious end of term student concerts have grown into quite the spectacle over the years. From humble beginnings, the crowd is now 150 strong every show, and TOTARA ST comes alive with the hottest young talent the Bay of Plenty has on offer. Usual proceedings, but at times vary, see the MauaoPAC Contemporary Choir take to the stage first. Followed by the centres awesome drama and theatre students. After they have laid down their acting skills, the music academy students fly into what becomes a full blown, cohesive concert.
The Jordan Luck Band
Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band announce the 18 date ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ NZ Winter Tour 2018, trekking across the country from Friday May 18th to Saturday August 4th. Jordan Luck is the lead singer and songwriter for the New Zealand rock band The Exponents.
Initiate Masquerade Ball
DETAILS ARE OUT! EARLY BIRDS ON SALE NOW! Join us for a night of mystery at the Initiate Masquerade Ball! We have so much lined up including Ric Rush & DJ Kellyn on the decks, complimentary canapes, drink specials and more! Limited early birds are available so get in quick - closing Wednesday 2nd May.
Western Bay College Bands Showcase
The Feelers 25th Anniversary Tour
The Rock are proud to present The Feelers 25th Anniversary Tour. Twenty Five years ago James Reid and Hamish Gee formed one of our best-loved bands, The Feelers and started on a journey writing and recording some of the greatest songs ever written in New Zealand. The Feelers are truly are a household name.
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The School Holiday DJ Academy
So you wanna be a DJ? These school holidays the records will be spinning and the bass bumping at the Mauao Performing Arts Centre, 11 Totara street, Mt Maunganui. The Aotearoa DJ Academy is introducing their popular Digital DJ 101 program from the capital city as a holiday program for all children aged 9 and above.