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.
MauaoPAC Term 2 Student Concert
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 every 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 MauaoPAC Contemporary Choir take to the stage first. Followed by the centres awesome drama and theatre students. After they have laid down their acting skills, the music academy students fly into what becomes a full blown, cohesive concert.
The Jordan Luck Band
Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band announce the 18 date ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ NZ Winter Tour 2018, trekking across the country from Friday May 18th to Saturday August 4th. Jordan Luck is the lead singer and songwriter for the New Zealand rock band The Exponents.
Initiate Masquerade Ball
DETAILS ARE OUT! EARLY BIRDS ON SALE NOW! Join us for a night of mystery at the Initiate Masquerade Ball! We have so much lined up including Ric Rush & DJ Kellyn on the decks, complimentary canapes, drink specials and more! Limited early birds are available so get in quick - closing Wednesday 2nd May.
Western Bay College Bands Showcase
The School Holiday DJ Academy
So you wanna be a DJ? These 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.
Ladi6 - Outta Time
New Zealand’s queen of hip-hop and soul Ladi6 live in July with her Outta Time Tour. Ladi6 cannot wait to finally take her 2017 VNZMA award-winning best soul and RnB record, Royal Blue 3000 on the road this July.
School Holiday Workshop
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.
The Feelers 25th Anniversary Tour
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.
Due to an unfortunate power outage on Sat 12th May, this event has now been rescheduled to 4th August.
Sons of Zion
One of New Zealand’s most exciting and renowned live acts, Sons of Zion, have just announced a seven-date nationwide tour.
Julia Deans 'We Light Fire' Album Release Tour
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.
MORSE GANG "GROUND UP" Aotearoa Tour
MORSE GANG are proud to announce their nationwide "GROUND UP" Tour coming to Aotearoa this Spring!
Don McGlashan - Free Flight NZ Tour
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.
Katchafire - Legacy Tour
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.
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The School Holiday DJ Academy
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.