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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

Soul Roots Blues

After the sell-out success of Hollie Smith's North and South Island tours this Winter, extra dates in Hamilton and Tauranga have been added to her solo run. Soulful singer Hollie Smith will be taking her talent to the upper North Island this October as a continuation of her Intimate New Song Showcase tour that has been capturing the hearts of New Zealanders.

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.

Soul Jazz

Don’t miss this evening of cheeky fun and quality musicianship with piano, guitar, bass, drums, sax and vocals .A mix of originals and interpretations of songs from David Bowie, Elton John, Caro Emerald, Melody Gardot and a nod to Caitríona’s Irish heritage.

Reggae

PATO ENTERTAINMENT & MAI FM PRESENTS HOUSE OF SHEM “OVERTIME” NZ TOUR. One of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most respected and successful reggae acts, House Of Shem, returns with a nationwide tour - a tribute to the band's founder, the legendary Carl Perkins.

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.

Electronic Dance

TREi, AKA Trevor Linnell, has been a leader in the drum and bass scene down under since 2007. With a slew of producers coming from Australia and New Zealand including Pendulum, ShockOne, State of Mind, The Upbeats and Concord Dawn, TREi has made a name for himself with releases on prestigious labels such as: Viper Recordings, Technique, Commercial Suicide, SOM Music, Shogun Ltd, Samurai Music, and Uprising Recordings.

Metal Rock

You asked for it so here we come! Friday November 15 with Threat.Meet.Protocol. and Hemordroid.

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.

Pop New School

Miss June are heading out on their Bad Luck Party Tour...

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.

To celebrate the release of our debut album, Bones ( Out Nov 1st) we are hitting the road this Nov & Dec with 7 dates arcoss NZ. We’re working on putting together some really special shows with some of our favourite DJs in support.

Pop Rock

Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band are packing the van and heading off on an NZ Summer Road Trip…from Dec 27th to Jan 5th the band will be taking all the classic Exponents hits across the country.

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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.