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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

Electronic Dance

Summer of Our Lives - Vol 1
feat. PartyTunes & Technose

Good tunes, Good times, Good friends

New School Funk Roots

Masaya are among the new breed of bands emerging from the depths of provincial surf town in NZ smashing Indie/soul/roots into a mix of funky groove and catchy hooks. They have just released their first EP Tongue & Groove and are about to embark on a series of gig hopping over the summer.

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.

Hip Hop House R&B

BIG SEXY SUMMER - We are bringing the urban summer heat home to Totara Street. "The official first day of Summer. Nothing beats a summer holiday Sunday session in the Mount. Lets go!"

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.

Rock Pop

Auckland-based tropicalia groove maestros Racing are back on the road this summer for an onslaught of shows across the nation, and are being joined by blues rock 60s & 70guitar wranglers Mini Simmons (for selected dates only).

Comedy

It's back in its 3rd year and better than ever! The Mount Comedy Festival mixes one of the best summer destinations in the world with World Class comedy over 5 nights.

Folk

Quebecois folk five-piece Rosier are making waves with their genre-bending music that merges elements of traditional folk, indie, jazz, pop and bluegrass. They come to Aotearoa in January for a seven-date tour including guest spots at Auckland Folk Festival and TSB Festival of Lights, New Plymouth.

Blues Folk

American blues extraordinaire Blind Boy Paxton has announced his much-anticipated return to our shores for his biggest headline tour of New Zealand to date, playing eight shows across the country this February and touching down in Tauranga Feb 6th.

Rock Soul Roots

Eccles Entertainment Presents : MY BABY LIVE! New Zealand Summer Tour. With Special Guests. Amsterdam-based Dutch-NZ trio MY BABY have announced a 10-date New Zealand tour to celebrate the release of their new live album out now.

Pop Rock

SUMMER VIBES TOUR 2020!!! Love grown music comes to life summer 2020 with White Chapel Jak. Thrilled to announce their “Summer Vibes Tour” , this high energy acoustic Kiwiana band will have you groovin’ and vibin’ with their fresh and funky approach to songs you all know and love.

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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.