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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

Rock Pop Punk
Elemeno P announce a full NZ tour - The High Fidelity Vinyl Release Tour. It’s with much anticipation that Elemeno P return in full voice to support the vinyl release of their entire back catalogue.
Film

Welcome to the 9th annual Aotearoa Surf Film Festival

ASFF 2021 National Tour - Mount Maunganui

THURSDAY MARCH 11TH - Totara Street

We are looking forward to coming back to Mount Maunganui and sharing the best international surf films with everyone! Come on down for an epic night of surf cinema and good times! We will have audience giveaways provided by Corona, Red Bull, Hyper Ride, Coastlines Wetsuits and Climax Surf Wax. Everyone that purchases a ticket online at www.asff.co.nz goes in the draw to win a Bear Bones Surf Co surfboard valued at $1,099!

Electronic Dance

One of the biggest names in the new age Drum and Bass scene, all the way from the UK - UPGRADE, he's just out of NZ quarantine and coming to the Mount hot and ready to tear up Totara Street!

The KANINE show sold out the Totara Street capacity in just 2 hours! and we expect this show to sell out also!

Main support will be coming from a special guest "TBA"..... along with a stacked support line up comprised of:

STAN BLEE

KAYES

DALLY

Dance Pop R&B

I WANT IT THAT WAY
After a huge sell out first event No Scrubs is finally returning to Tauranga! We're ringing in 2021 with 90s + early 00s tunes + good vibes and playing aaall the best tunes / anthems / bangas from 90s - 2010!! (10 years ago).

Pop Rock
Crowd favourites White Chapel Jak are renown for capturing and delighting audiences all over New Zealand. This high-energy acoustic Kiwiana band (with a big band sound) will have you dancing and singing with their fresh and funky approach to songs you all know and love.
Reggae

It's been a long time coming, but Aotearoa the lads TJ & Huri are hitting some North Island towns and bringing the guitar along too. A little over 2 years ago, TJ & Huri thought it would be cool to upload a video of them singing and playing the guitar, fast forward 2 years and the world has gone nuts (almost literally) to have their music heard far and wide.

Reggae Dub

Two of Waikato's favourite dub and roots bands are teaming up to bring you a night of deep dub and reggae at Totara Street.  Knights of the Dub Table established in 2008 have been a crowd favourite in many festivals bringing a fusion of dub, reggae, drum 'n' bass, hip hop, trip hop, jazz and funk.  Lost Tribe are relatively new on the block but quickly moving up the ranks in Aotearoa, even being nominated at the VNZMA's for 'best roots artist' in 2019 next to LAB and Troy Kingi.  

Dance Pop

You Should Be Dancing is a giant DISCO DANCING celebration! A night of incredibly danceable disco hits. A Boogie Wonderland featuring classic tunes groovy enough to make even a statue move! We are very excited to announce our first shows of 2021! We hope you can make it along to dance up a storm.

Pop Rock

Take it to the Limit is the premium NZ Tribute Show to the hugely popular and timeless music of the Eagles. Genuine and pure three part vocal harmonies gives an authentic reproduction to this music, the next best thing to being at an Eagles show!

Folk Pop

PARROTDOG, BANISHED MUSIC & UNDER THE RADAR PRESENTS:

THE VEILS - Nux Vomica - Live in concert with special guests Purple Pilgrims.

In Autumn 2021, The Veils present the first ever live performance of their legendary sophomore album Nux Vomica in its ferocious entirety.

Metal

BEASTWARS ANNOUNCE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS EARTH TONGUE + RELEASE NEW SINGLE. Wellington sludge metal titans Beastwars are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their iconic debut self-titled album with a nationwide tour headlining the largest venues of their career.

Pop Rock

The Sound, Under The Radar and Banished Music presents
The Chills - Scatterbrain Album Release Tour

Ska

Kiwi ska punks rejoice!
Fat Wreck Chords ska champions Mad Caddies head to New Zealand to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2020.

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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.

Drums Guitar Vocals Piano Ukulele Bass

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.