Our goal is to provide our community with the Best Performing Arts Centre & Live Music Venue in the country.

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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

Dance Electronic
Here’s one for our local crew!!
 If you’re in The Mount/Tauranga next Saturday we’re going to have a night of chaos ft. Fairbrother and other legends.
Dance Electronic
This event will bring together NZ's best DJs and Producers focusing on DRUM AND BASS.
- WITTERS (AKL) Drum and Bass set.
- Support to be announced.
- Plus Wildcard Winner.
Electronic Dub Dance

Come and witness THE REBIRTH OF GRYME! OPTIMUS GRYME is embarking on a Nationwide Tour to celebrate the release of his new Drum & Bass EP - THE REBIRTH OF GRYME. Celebrate with him at the TAURANGA leg of the tour!

Roots Rock Reggae
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.

Pop Rock Reggae

Come one, come all...
We have a surprise for you!
The MauaoPAC End of Year Student Concert is going to deliver the goods. It's time for us all to send the year out with some serious up and coming local talent. The team is keen and it's time to 'Rock and Roll'...

Folk Indie Soul

Fresh off a one year sabbatical, Arthur Ahbez makes his return to society in the blistering heat of January for a summer tour! Ahbez took leave of NZ mid 2019 to explore the primeval lands of Eastern Europe and pursue new creative dimensions.

For the 4th year in a row, Mount Maunganui will host some of the biggest stars in NZ comedy! Plus some top-notch internationals who are just stranded here. The Mount Comedy Festival mixes one of the best summer destinations in the world with world class comedy over 5 nights.
From the big HEADLINERS show to the prestigious New Act Competition and two marvellous solo shows from international comedians Gary Sansome (Scotland) and Laura Davis (Australia), this promises to be a riotous 5 days of top class live comedy from some of the best in the business.
Last year was a total sell out so don't miss your tickets!
Rock Metal

Villainy are stoked to announce their Summer 2021 tour, presented by The Rock and hitting six spots in February 2021.


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!

Drums Guitar Vocals Piano Ukulele Bass

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.