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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

Pop Dance New School

If you are looking for something cool for your kids to do this coming holidays, then look no further. The Mauao Performing Arts Centre proudly presents our Holiday Programme.

After a successful start to their national 'No Going Back' Tour, Auckland emo pop quartet Openside are thrilled to add one more show, now wrapping up the tour in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES, who will perform an acoustic set.

Pop Rock

The Rock are proud to present The Feelers 25th Anniversary Tour. Twenty Five years ago James Reid and Hamish Gee formed one of our best-loved bands, The Feelers and started on a journey writing and recording some of the greatest songs ever written in New Zealand. The Feelers are truly are a household name.

R&B Hip Hop

Performing LIVE in Aotearoa 2018:
- Pleasure P
- Vedo
- Adrian Marcel
- J Holiday

Dance Electronic

Evenflow NZ Presents: Concord Dawn - TOTARA STREET Mount Maunganui. Concord Dawn (aka Evan Short & Matt Harvey) burst onto the New Zealand music scene back in mid 1999 with their unique high octane Drum and Bass sound.

Pop Dance Rock

Due to an unfortunate power outage on Sat 12th May, this event has now been rescheduled to 4th August.

New School

Mako Road is heading north this winter. Returning to Auckland, Wellington, venturing into unchartered territory of The Mount and Hamilton, and ofc playing to the beloved local crooners of CHCH.

Reggae

One of New Zealand’s most exciting and renowned live acts, Sons of Zion, have just announced a seven-date nationwide tour.

Pop Soul

Julia Deans is proud to announce a special nationwide tour in celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘We Light Fire’. Inspired by world events, friends, and family, We Light Fire is an album that examines both what it means to be human, and our spectrum of strength and vulnerability.

Hip Hop

MORSE GANG are proud to announce their nationwide "GROUND UP" Tour coming to Aotearoa this Spring!

Pop Soul

One of Aotearoa’s most beloved songwriters, Don McGlashan, has today announced an extensive 17-date nationwide New Zealand tour, where he will perform a series of intimate shows in some of the country’s most idyllic venues.

Reggae

Hot on the heels of their 5th studio album release ‘LEGACY’, Katchafire hit New Zealand for their annual winter tour with 11 shows in August and September. The latest offering from the band has seen them hit no.1 on NZ itunes album chart, no.1 on the US reggae charts and in high demand around the world with tours in the U.S, Australia and Brazil before the years end.

Blues Dub Dance New School Pop Reggae

Bay Originals is back at TOTARA ST!
Again it’s FREE! The last was a huge success with incredible local talent getting the dance floor moving and vibes flowing.

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So you wanna be a DJ? These school holidays the records will be spinning and the bass bumping at the Mauao Performing Arts Centre, 11 Totara street, Mt Maunganui. The Aotearoa DJ Academy is introducing their popular Digital DJ 101 program from the capital city as a holiday program for all children aged 9 and above.

Come and enjoy some of the Bay's hottest young talent performing a free show for their community! These shows always go off with a bang. Hosted by local legend Nick Ririnui, there is action from our awesome drama students, choir, solo artists, and bands.