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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

Film
Welcome to the 12th annual Aotearoa Surf Film Festival
ASFF 2024 National Tour - Totara Street
Come one, come all. As Autumn rolls around, the water temp drops, the swells build and the ASFF tour rolls into a town near you for that yearly dose of salt water cinema and surfing stoke.
Back again for our 12th year, we have an incredible lineup of films on offer from New Zealand and across the world.

*DAN SHARP**

Armed with his guitar and an inimitable knack for writing unifying songs, Dan Sharp stands tall as a beacon of creative integrity.

From emerging onto the NZ scene as an introspective singer-songwriter, years of experience, opportunities, and evolution have seen Dan grow and expand into something bigger and bolder; a sound that captures a timelessness, while sounding modern and fresh.

With multiple NZ tours under his belt, Dan has appeared at some of the country’s biggest festivals, opened for the likes of Dave Dobbyn and UB40, as well as selling out headline shows across New Zealand as well as in London. His debut album comes this April by way of Tenfold Records.

Metal Rock

Hawkes Bay post rock pioneers Jakob, the Taite Music Prize winning team of Jeff Boyle, Maurice Beckett and Jason Johnston, have announced an exceptionally rare headline event at Totara Street in Mount Maunganui.

With support from Threat.Meet.Protocol & The Bloody Overalls.

UNFORTUNATELY THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ALL TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE FULL A FULL REFUND AND WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Redstar Entertainment Presents - ROCK FEST 2024

A tribute to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE / SYSTEM OF A DOWN / DEFTONES

Soul Roots Indie

Brazilian group returns to New Zealand!

Known for their celebrated 2013 performance at WOMAD, Camerata Caipira returns to play at the CubaDupa Festival and embark on a mini tour across the North Island. Showcasing the unique viola caipira (traditional ten-steel-string guitar), cavaquinho (the ukulele’s cousin), and acoustic 7-string guitars alongside rich percussion, the five-piece folk group fuses traditional rhythms with contemporary arrangements of strings, vocals, and earthy rhythms to celebrate the diversity of Brazilian music. Fronted by Isabella Rovo, who lived in Wellington for 2 years and led music groups and events during her busy stay, Camerata Caipira has released two albums, including a kid’s title focusing on Brazilian fauna to promote awareness about endangered species.

After a devastating cancellation of the previously scheduled show due to a mishap with the venue, Marmalade Skies have rescheduled to hold a free show at Totara Street. Supported by Waihi Beach's 'Iz Waddid Iz', and local up and comer, 'Van Brookes'.

After releasing EP ‘Nautical Nectar’ in 2021, Marmalade Skies have been writing and recording in their flat garage between playing shows around the North Island. Dominating the Tauranga band scene, the marmalade boys have become Totara Street regulars having supported renowned acts like Summer Thieves, The Feelers and Lazy Ghost.

This is VELVET the label. - NZ’s newest record label, catering for the powerful indie/alternative music movement that is currently blooming upon the fringes of NZ mainstream culture.

A music label established to promote, manage, and market our featured artists, and in time many other artists and projects. A music label by the artist, for the artist. An expansive vision to pioneer a cultural movement within the powerful music scene that New Zealand holds, and take this to the world stage.

 

Dance Pop

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!
It’s a fact.
It’s in the dictionary…

Saturday the 16th of March sees an all time 80’s dance takeover at TOTARA ST. Rally the troops, drag those 80’s outfits outta the closet, do your stretches and get ready to dance the night away in full 80’s fashion.

This one goes out to all those girls out there that just want to HAVE FUN :)

Electronic Dance

Make sure you book that accommodation for an extra night and get ready for the main event... because why else are you a clubby?

This is a private event so make sure you invite your mates or they will miss out. There is super limited capacity (half of last year) So spread the word early and lets get everyone involved. Limited early bird tickets and group passes available.

We have sold out every year and we expect this to sell out!

Dance Electronic

IF YOU WISH YOU WERE THERE... We have a little sumthin sumthin for ya.

Tomorrowland 2023 was quite the specticle, come and enjoy full sets from Tiësto, Hardwell, Mandy, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Played on the big screen, accompanied by a rigorous rinsing of TOTARA ST's subwoofers.

Let us go on a little teleport mission to TOMORROWLAND 2023.

Rock Metal

The Biggest Rock Event in BOP History... is BACK!

Kaosis

Rage Against the Machine Tribute

Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tribute

Sublime Tribute

Faith no More Tribute

Foo Fighters Tribute

Stone Temple Pilot Tribute

Deftones Tribute

Proudly brought to you by The Wright Family Foundation.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of musical treats at 2024's first instalment of College Co+Labs @ TOTARA ST.

Upcoming College acts from around the Bay take to the TOTARA ST stage and present an action packed event with music spanning across multiple genres. With the support from Papamoa College and the Mauao Performing Arts Centre, come and check out some amazing upcoming talent.

Get excited, shake, shimmy and get in the swing with two great Auckland bands.

Asumadu Jazz Ensemble (AJE)
Led by Ghanaian master musician and multi-instrumentalist Yaw Asumadu, who has been performing his own brand of jazz in Ghana and London, including a residency at the legendary Ronny Scott's bar and in Oren Marshalls Charming Transport Band, this new ensemble presents a fresh line up just for the festival that will have you dancing and singing along with their fusion of afro-grooves and jazz.

Filthy Junk Traders
Taking inspiration from the lawless saxophone sections of the swing age and the heavy-footed beats of hip hop producers who reimagined the dusty recordings of that era, the Filthy Junk Traders bring their finest bars of filthy jazz, funk, and hip hop to Totara St.

Rock Metal

𝚁𝙰𝙶𝙴 𝙰𝙶𝙰𝙸𝙽𝚂𝚃 𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝙼𝙰𝙲𝙷𝙸𝙽𝙴 + 𝘚𝘖𝘜𝘕𝘋𝘎𝘈𝘙𝘋𝘌𝘕 / Live Tribute Experience / NZ Tour ‘24

Aotearoa get ready scream to scream your lungs out and throw your fists in the air because we’re bringing it back like it’s ‘94 with both our Soundgarden AND Rage Against The Machine live tribute experiences back-to-back all across New Zealand this Autumn!

Join Saxophonist Thabani Gapara and his band as they return to Totara Street for "In Their Footsteps," a vibrant celebration of Afro-funk and jazz.

Gapara and his band promise an electrifying performance, blending original compositions with the soulful rhythms of Southern Africa. Join us for an unforgettable evening, honoring the rich tapestry of African music and the magic of live performance.

Hip Hop

Home Brew is one of Aotearoa’s most beloved hip-hop groups, rising to equal parts greatness and infamy through their extensive run of EPs through the early 2010s and culminating in their now-classic #1 self-titled debut.

Their aggressively DIY ethos has endeared them to many in the New Zealand Hip-Hop music scene, and they have cemented their place in history as one of the country's most authentic, uncompromising acts. After a sold-out number 1 reissue in 2023, Home Brew released a new album of new material on December 8 which also went number 1.

Rewind RnB Classic (Snapbacks & Throw-backs)

This is the real deal, good time's RnB party with smash hits from artists like....

Usher, Mary J Blige, Chris Brown, Maxwell, Keyshia Cole, Lauryn Hill, Neyo, Toni Braxton, Mario, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Jon B, Tevin Campbell, Ashanti and many more....

Prizes up for grabs. Win Snapback Caps and Vouchers from Red Rat Bayfair.

We on..... See ya there.

Welcome back to another round of musical action put on by the awesome students of the Mauao Performing Arts Centre.

We are cracking into the swing of things at the centre for 2024 and there are some great songs being learned and skills getting honed. Come and check out what all the fuss is about on Sunday the 14th of April for our Term 1 Student Concert!

Free Entry | Everyone Welcome

Join us for an exhilarating Live Drum Clinic with Stan Bicknell, a force to be reckoned with in the world of drumming. An evening of performance, story, education, Q&A, giveaways, and tips and tricks to help you LEVEL UP as a modern drummer. This clinic will have it all. Don't miss out.

Hailing from Hawkes Bay, Stan's career spans over 26 years, marked by a relentless pursuit of technical mastery and profound musical expression. His unique approach, emphasising intricate technique, body mechanics, and boundless creativity, has not only defined his playing style but has also profoundly influenced the drumming community.

Dance Pop

Rewind 80's Retro Wave - 80's era Theme Party. (Adidas Tracksuits, Tie Dyed Shirts, Fluro lycra, Kung Fu Slippers)

This is the real deal, groovy music hits from....

Tears For Fears, Madonna, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Go West, Toto, Lionel Ritchie, Eddie Grant, A-Ha, Kenny Loggins, Billy Ocean, The Village People, Michael Jackson, Human League and many more....

Prizes up for grabs for the "Best Dressed" Costumes.

Can you dig it..... See ya there.

In NZ Music Month special and hot off a national tour with Dragon, Hello Sailor are bringing iconic alt-rock band Pluto with them for their one-off show at Totara St. PLUTO’s multi-layered rock sound and dynamic live performance will add some early 2000s nostalgia with hits like Long White Cross, Dance Stamina and Hey Little.

Dance Pop

Love Shack, Your Ultimate 80's Party band! Playing the songs of The B52's, Prince, INXS, Blondie, ICEHOUSE, UB40, QUEEN, David Bowie, Billy Idol, The Mockers, Peter Gabriel, The Eurythmics, Devo, U2 and lots more.

Love Shack features some of New Zealand's finest and most experienced musicians. Including Tui nominated and NZ #1 charting artists, session muso's and hired guns who have drawn on all their years of experience and touring to put together a magical show so that you can relive the days of dancing the night away, rocking out to your favourite bands.

Comedy

Fresh off of winning Celebrity Treasure Island, James Mustapic heads to Mount Maunganui for the first time with a sizzling hot show!

He'll delve into the silliest and spookiest repressed memories from his life, and share hilarious behind the scenes goss from all of his escapades.

It's an hour of projector based stand-up comedy featuring new jokes as well as some of the best gags from over his years of performing; you definitely don't want to miss this!

Grunge fans rejoice as the raw energy of Nirvana returns to Australasia!

“Jon O’Connor really is the closest to the real thing”. original Nirvana drummer, Aaron Burkhard has said.

Direct from the UK, the world’s number one tribute to the Seattle legends are making their way to New Zealand shores for the first time to pay homage, and to celebrate the life of Kurt Cobain

Rock, Grunge, Funk, Flannel shirts….. check, check, check and CHECK! Lounge Apes are back with New Zealand’s most popular tribute show! You’re in for a night of PEARL JAM, THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and NIRVANA – each with their own dedicated set including all the greatest hits LIVE and LOUD on stage!

Lounge Apes are a group of professional homegrown and international musicians who have been selling out shows across New Zealand with their authentic high energy performances since 2016.

Pop

The Adele and Amy Songbook

Playing the very best of Adele and Amy Winehouse

Bloom returns to New Zealand to bring you the songs of 2 amazing artists: Adele & Amy Winehouse. Both artists amassed a legion of fans the world over, and together have sold in excess of 20 million albums. Featuring the hits including Someone Like You, Send My Love, Hello, Rolling In Deep, Back to Black, Valerie, You Know I’m No Good and Rehab to name a few, this amazing show is sure to thrill the toughest of sceptics.

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Latest News

Mata ‘Eyes’ Ariki : ‘High Chief or God’ : MATARIKI

This upcoming 8 date tour is in celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year and to showcase Rei’s latest album Ariki. Traveling through Aotearoa, from Tāmaki to Te Wai Pounamu, Rei can’t wait to share his waiata kanikani (dance music) and party with the people.

His last tour was for his award-winning album ‘The Bridge’. Always in mahi hard mode, Rei has dropped 3 new albums since then, played across the world, won 3 Māori music awards, earning millions of streams and radio hits since this tour… but nothing beats performing to your home country. Rei’s Matariki tour will start with local support acts, followed by Rei’s full high energy set, topped off with a DJ set featuring remixed te reo music.

CHUR CHON SNDY is the Bays newest Sunday Session.

Live Music from the kick arse house band, with week to week features from some of the best talent Aotearoa has on offer...

Original acts will kick off proceedings prior to the house band hitting the stage. The Chur!Coal BBQ & Eatery will be rolling out some seriously tasty charcoal cooked treats. The beers will be cold and the vibes will be high. Get along to TOTARA ST and be part of a unique addition to the Mount Maunganui events calendar.