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Take to the stage at one of our prestigious MauaoPAC Student Concerts! Students' 'cut their teeth' on the same stage as national and international touring acts.

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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.

Coming Events

New School

Oi oi its been a while! After a six month hangover-recovery period after the summer tour we've shaped up some new tunes that we are dying to share with yas. Or maybe its cause we're broke, or maybe because we will use any excuse to tour... This is the Test Flight Tour and you are gonna be our subjects - looking forward to your consented participation in our experimental festivities X

Pop
James Reid - the man behind some of New Zealand’s most beloved songs - announces a nationwide solo tour of 14 intimate venues across Aotearoa. From Whangarei in the north, to Invercargill in the south, James Reid will perform Feelers classics and new solo material.
New School Pop Rock Reggae

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 each show, and TOTARA ST comes alive with the hottest young talent the Bay of Plenty has on offer.

Reggae

Lion Rezz, a member of the ‘Runtingz’ musical movement, master collaborator and solo artist in his own right, announces his highly anticipated 6 track debut EP – A LIONS WORTH
No stranger to the One Love, and Good Vibes and festival stages, Lion Rezz celebrates the debut EP release with his 10 date tour in NZ.

Electronic Dance Hip Hop Pop

This school holidays we have something very special going down at MauaoPAC! We have the Aotearoa DJ Academy heading back from their base camp in Wellington to teach up a storm to all you budding young producers and DJ's out there. The morning sessions are for the DJ's, and the afternoon sessions are for the production students. You can do either class or take part in both lessons!

Rock

Members of Hawke's Bay post rock group Jakob are joining forces as Hail To The Thieves, to play a selection of Radiohead hits at Mount Maunganui's Totara Street this June. The five-piece first emerged out of the spare time Jeff Boyle and Jason Johnston had when they weren’t playing in Jakob - they'll be covering all their favourites from 25 years worth of the UK group's influential alt-rock, from Pablo Honey to A Moon Shaped Pool.

Electronic Dance

After a string of sold out events in the Bay Of Plenty.... DUELLER SOCIETY are back and stoked to announce their Labour Weekend Club-Doof event “DOOF OF THE DEAD" Ft. YVNG JALAPENO (AUS). This event will bring together darkness and colour with sound and light for a truly unique experience.

New School

It's been a minute but we're stoked to be headed back around the country and across the ditch for a run of shows in November. We're kicking things off with our mates in Auckland, Tauranga and Wellington before heading back to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and then home to Perth.

New School Pop Rock Indie

Strange Days presents Beach Goth II - Mount Maunganui's Belated Halloween Costume Party (because nothing good ever happens on time) Have you got scissors for hands? Recently deceased? Howl at the moon? Have a thirst for blood? Or, do you just like dressing up so you can get in touch with your stranger side? Well you’re in luck because Beach Goth is back...

Dance Electronic

Falcon events Present SWELL SOUNDS. SLIP, SLOP, SLAP AND RAVE to Jon Lemmon, Benny Boy, Digby and Dumbell, Thrown Shade. Kick start summer with Swell Sounds! Bringing you Jon Lemmon, known for catchy hooks, world-class production, and relentless optimism, Jon Lemmon is making dance floor bangers to save your soul. Quickly gaining traction, Jon has managed to stack up over 10 million streams since releasing his first official single, “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, in 2017.

Roots Blues

Eccles Entertainment presents: Ash Grunwald - 'Mojo' NZ Album Release Tour. With special guests - Swamp Thing! Blues maestro Ash Grunwald will play four headline shows across the North Island this November in support of his new album 'Mojo' - out on August 30.

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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 each 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 centres awesome drama and theatre students take to the stage. After they have laid down their acting skills, the music academy students fly into what becomes a full blown, cohesive concert. For some students it is the first time on stage, for others, they have been there before. Performances are solid and smiles are wide!

Sunday 14 April @ 4PM

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 each show, and TOTARA ST comes alive with the hottest young talent the Bay of Plenty has on offer.