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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

Indie Folk

Returning to New Zealand after a two year stint in Europe, award winning alt-folk artist Graeme James is delighted to be back in New Zealand for the winter of 2021 to reconnect with fans and share new songs and stories from the road. 

Rock Pop Indie

Waxstar Touring proudly presents TRIBUTE BUZZ - Weta / Cairo Knife Fight + Skinny Hobos & Jimi Kara

Celebrating 20 years of the platinum selling debut Geographica by WETA, and in memory of our friend, lead singer and guitarist Aaron Tokona, we pay tribute to two awesome kiwi bands. All musos performed at the Aaron Tokona Tribute Buzz shows around the country in 2020 and those shows went off, so don’t miss out on this very limited final run of tribute shows in 2021.

Dance Electronic
Late Nite Sunrise are thrilled to announce their inaugural event, Noise Control.
Bringing together huge names and local talent, Noise Control will provide a hectic night of talented DJ's. 
With a lineup featuring:
TYPE-1
HANK
33BELOW
T1R
Rock Grunge Folk

What is a Rock 'n' Roll lifer to do when Covid hits?  Return to his homeland for a select series of intimate shows. Jon Toogood has hand selected a series of venues for an evening of songs and stories across the country this August. With acoustic guitar in hand, songs to sing and tales to tell - Jon invites you to join him for an up close and personal evening.

Reggae Rock Dub Pop New School

Walk through the alleyway and follow the sound of the violin playing as you whisper the password to enter.

The Soul Lounge. Where local musicians take you on their journey from every corner of the room sharing a glimpse of their passion and love for music, for music is life.

Blues R&B Soul

Due to popular demand, Deva Mahal is doing a series of special shows this August as she embarks on a 7-date nationwide ‘Kinship’ tour. Join Wellington-based Soul & R n B artist, Deva Mahal, for these incredible wahine-driven acoustic shows across the country this Winter.

If you are reading this, then I like you and no doubt you like me, are a loser. But just because we can’t hold down jobs, only last mere months in relationships and still live in our parents garages - we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves. We’re just losers is all…

So welcome to Loserpalooza 2021, New Zealands biggest loser convention. Featuring: 25 loser bands, over 12 loser hours, on two loser stages, at one loser venue.

Celebrating Bay of Plenty Poets and Songwriters.

Bought to you by the Tauranga Writers.

Dance Pop R&B
LADIES & GENTLEMEN, THIS IS MAMBO NO. 5
After huge sell out events No Scrubs returns to New Zealand at Totara Street in Tauranga on Sat Aug 28! We're bringing 90s + early 00s tunes + good vibes to the dance floor and playing aaall the best tunes / anthems / bangas from 90s - 2009!! (12 years ago).
Hip Hop

A decade on from its release, The Rose Tint remains one of the most enduring works of David Dallas’ career. To mark its tenth anniversary, David Dallas and friends The Daylight Robbery are coming together for a special run of shows built around the album that changed David’s life. The four-date tour will celebrate The Rose Tint, and will be the first and only chance people will have to see some of these songs performed live.

Pop Rock

LETS GO TAURANGA! We are back ready to party the night away with you! AutoMatic 80s delivers the smash hits of this unforgettable and exciting musical era. From bands like Human League, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Blondie, Culture Club through to artists like Kate Bush and Robert Palmer, AutoMatic 80s performances will transport you back to those heady, youthful times and leave you wanting more.

Indie New School

Across The Road Music & Select Music present… Great Gable – NZ Tour 2021.

Off the back of a solid 2020 which saw them release their debut album Tracing Faces, hit #4 in the ARIA Vinyl Charts, spend weeks in the Top 10 most played songs on triple j and broadcast their first Live At The Wireless, Great Gable are heading over the ditch for a massive run of shows across New Zealand. 

Pop Rock

Tauranga concert announced for JON STEVENS - The Noiseworks + INXS Collection. Aussie based Kiwi rocker Jon Stevens is bringing his Noiseworks + INXS collection tour to Totara Street, Tauranga on Friday September 17th.

Rock

What do two out of the three members of Nz’s favourite post rock band Jakob do in their spare time? - Play the music of Radiohead! That’s right, the stars have aligned and Hail To The Thieves have formed.. A stellar line up of musicians sharing the stage and performing songs from one of the most influential bands of all time. 

Dance Electronic

The Drum & Bass Massive Presents | THE UPBEATS Album Tour | Tauranga

With support from:
RAYNE
ARCHER
DAFFRON

Welcome back to another round of musical action put on by the students at the Mauao Performing Arts Centre. We are deep into the swing of things at the centre and there are some great songs being learned and skills getting honed in. Come and check out what all the fuss is about on Sunday the 26th of September, doors open at 4pm, show starts at 4:30pm.

Free Entry | Everyone welcome

Locals tell true stories before a live audience. No notes. Not a Ted Talk and not an anecdote. These short, soul-stirring stories are about a time that has changed the storyteller's perspective or even their life. Tell Me Tauranga/Kōrerohia Mai is where we share inspiration while enjoying the art of storytelling. It's a place to engage, to be surprised and to feel connected.

New School Rock Indie

Midwave Breaks have wasted no time making an impact since launching online in April 2021, with their explosive debut single ‘Lemonade Hand Grenade’ blowing up at Rock radio across the country, spending much of the past few months in the Top 5 of the Radioscope Rock Airplay charts. They also added their own splash of colour to the iconic NZ Anthem from Shapeshifter, releasing a cover of ‘In Colour’ for NZ Music Month 2021.

Pop Folk

Landslide is a live 5 piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks for the past 8 years, covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie's solo hits! Expect to hear Dreams, Sara, Rhiannon, The Chain, Go Your Own Way, Seven Wonders, Tusk, Gypsy, Black Magic Woman, Don't Stop, Little Lies etc...to name just a few!

Indie Pop Rock

Fur Patrol - dates rescheduled for PET 21st birthday tour. Due to COVD restrictions recently re-introduced around travel between New Zealand and Australia, Fur Patrol regrettably have postponed the PET21st Anniversary tour.

Pop Rock

"One of the hottest and exciting acts to emerge in NZ in the last 18 months" - Paul Ellis, NZ Idol_NZ Got Talent Judge, Former Sony Music Executive.

Hugely-popular White Chapel Jak are here for a good time, and you don’t have to wait for a long time! Their Good Time Tour 2021 is set to be the most epic run of shows yet.

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.