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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

Reggae

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

Film

Part surf film, part conservation film, Never Town takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them.

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.

Dance

The electronic music scene is growing in Bay of Plenty. ‘Switch Off’, one of the best house music & techno event producers around New Zealand is coming to the Mount..

Hip Hop

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

Metal Rock

Hamiltons Stoner Doom Legends Arc of Ascent play Mount Maunganui with specials guests Mothra, Bloodnut and Slumbug.

New School Pop Reggae Rock Soul Electronic

NZ MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM ANNOUNCE NEW SEMINARS IN WAIKATO AND BAY OF PLENTY. Following the outstanding success of the ‘Make Money From Your Music’ seminars the NZ Music Managers Forum, with thanks to NZ On Air and the Creative Communities Scheme in Hamilton and Tauranga, are returning to Waikato and Bay of Plenty with the essential Stage Two seminar ‘Marketing and Promoting Your Music’.

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.

New School Pop Reggae Rock

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.

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.

Electronic R&B Dance

So you wanna be a DJ? These upcoming school holidays the records will be spinning and the bass pumping 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.

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.

Blues Jazz Pop Punk Rock Reggae Electronic

Records ,records and more records, free admission. Want to sell your records at this fair, get in touch on our FaceBook Event Page.

Metal Rock

My Damned Kind return to the Mount for one night only with the Gods Of Rock Metallica tribute show, check out the show that's been packing venues around NZ with their high energy performance playing all the classics that made Metallica one of the biggest bands in the world. 

New School Pop

HeartFire is gearing up to be a great friday night! It's a brilliant opportunity to get out, have a few drinks and watch two incredibly talented musical acts.

Punk Rock

CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT NZ LTD PRESENTS... After a short sabbatical, the pioneers of New Zealand punk and hardcore, Sticky Filth are embarking on a North Island Tour. Sticky Filth, with Craig Radford on vocals and bass, Chris Snowdon on guitar and vocals and Mark ‘Boot’ Hill on Drums, will be playing venues in Auckland, Raglan, Mount Manganui, Wellington and New Plymouth during October and November 2018.

Reggae Soul Blues Pop

Pro-surfer and Jack Johnson's long-time friend and collaborator, Donovan Frankenreiter will be heading to Australia and New Zealand this November. Known for iconic hits 'Free' and 'If It Don't Matter' the Californian native will bring summer vibes down-under this Spring.

Pop Rock

Pitch Perfect Promotions and The Mix Online brings you AUTOMATIC 80s Live at Totara St to see in 2019! Come party the night away with the Big Kids!

Pop Rock

Topline Entertainment are proud to present for the first time in New Zealand, direct from Los Angeles, performing with a full live band. The worlds number one David Bowie Tribute Show: David Brighton's Space Oddity.

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Latest News

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.