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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

Rock Funk

A night of Rock, Funk & Fusion ! 3 of B.O.P's top original bands team up for a night of super exciting Rock-Fusion, which promises to be fresh, original and 'in your face' !

Electronic Dance

Too Cut & Celebro are proud to present: t1r | TOTARA STREET - Saturday March 7th Working his way from the underground, t1r took a huge leap in this year. Notably joining Netsky to remix Jon Lemmon’s ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’, which was subsequently used in the Tomorrowland aftermovie and now surpassed 100,000 plays.

Rock

New Zealand’s biggest rock export LIKE A STORM are coming home for their first ever Kiwi Headline Tour.
With Special Guests: Black Smoke Trigger

Ska Pop Indie Roots

MT. MAUNGANUI, we can't wait to be back in your lovely coastal town this March! Tickets are on sale now! EARLY BIRD prices available for a limited time only!

Roots Reggae

L.T.A are teaming up with GARH BAND featuring Tait Kora and the amazing Regan Perry.

Following the massive success of the How to Make Money From Your Music and How to Market and Promote Your Music seminars, the NZ Music Managers Forum, in conjunction with APRA AMCOS, Recorded Music NZ, NZ On Air, NZ Music Commission, Creative New Zealand, Te Māngai Pāho and Tauranga City Council Creative Community Scheme are returning to the Bay of Plenty with a new upskilling seminar focussing on the various funding avenues available to music creators and musicians.

Jazz Funk Soul

Get your groove on and bring your dancing shoes! Get excited, join us at Totara Street for a Funk and Soul Dance Party and shake the house down with two great bands. DJ/Saxophonist Lewis McCallum warms up the crowd from 8pm.

Ska

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

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.

Pop Rock

Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band are packing all the classic Exponents hits into the van and bringing the party to every corner of Aotearoa this Autumn/Winter….the massive 23 date tour begins on the Friday 1st of May and concludes on Saturday 4th of July.

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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.

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!