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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

Hamilton indie-folk band Looking For Alaska are releasing their new album 'Light and Shadow' this November, and to celebrate are playing a bunch of sick as shows around New Zealand!

Grunge Punk Rock
Rozella is super-excited to bring you our last show of the year. A truly spectacular extravaganza of performances sure to set everyone's lips on fire....Dont miss out!
Rozella Presents & Totara St bring you another all-original showcase of established and emerging artists. Featuring, Labretta Suede & The Motel 6, Molly Gun, Grown Downz and special guest AlleyKat.
Blues Pop

Landslide is an Auckland based, 5 piece live band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past 8yrs, covering classics from Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie's solo hits!

Pop Jazz Electronic

Garage Project, Radio Hauraki, Banished Music & Under The Radar presents The Phoenix Foundation - Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa. 
On the band's first nationwide tour in 5 years, they will perform 8 dates across Aotearoa this November. Celebrating the expansive new album Friend Ship ; a post-apocalyptic love letter from the future to the present and the soundtrack to the swirling oblivion that is 2020.

Rock Metal
Waipu’s favourite sons Alien Weaponry are heading out on the road this November and December for the ‘Level One Tour’. Fresh from a newly inked management deal with RSE Group (home to metal greats Slayer, Mastadon, Ghost and Gojira), Alien Weaponry are armed with new music and a crushing live show.
Electronic Dance
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It has nearly been a year since the whole world has been turned ‘Upside Down’. We reckon it is time to boogie away the bad times and come get weird for RedHearing’s event, Upside Down!
Pop Rock
"We are so stoked that we have been able to reschedule and keep Totara Street (one of our favourite venues in NZ) on the current run. 
The new date of Sunday 22nd Nov will be a good old fashioned Kiwi Sunday Session and our very own End of Tour party.
There will be Full Bar plus Chur Coal BBQ Eats available. 
Please note that as this is a Sunday Arvo Session, Doors will be 3pm and Music will start at 4pm. 
We hope you can still come join us at Totara St and help us see off this crazy crazy tour in style
Full Lovin' x Jordan Luck Band"
New School Rock Reggae Dub

MASSIV.aotearoa is a collective of musicians, artists and supporters putting on an evening of fundraising live music, giving up their time and energy to support the good folks at STARSHIP FOUNDATION, in particular their amazing National Air Ambulance and the service it provides to many kiwi kids and their families in some difficult times.

Roots Rock Reggae
DATE CHANGE
Due to Covid 19 Level restrictions this show has been shifted to Saturday the 19th of September 2020. If you cannot make this date and need a ticket refund please email jay@totarastreet.co.nz Cheers!

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.

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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As you all know the country has fallen into lockdown due to the Covid 19 virus. We will endeavour to keep you updated on happenings within the music industry, and will let you know as soon as we are back on our feet with the rest of you. Stay safe everyone. Peace!

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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.