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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 of our tutors are involved in a number of different aspects within the music and performance industries. Bands, solo projects, recording and production all enable them to bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Focusing on technique, theory and live performance ensures that with enough practice our 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 our 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, perform and cut their teeth on the same stage as international touring acts and some of New Zealand's largest, well 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 the buildings incursion there have been many changes, upgrades and adjustments made to provide the community with the best facilities possible. At present we provide one on one private tuition, group drama classes, a school holiday DJ Academy, special needs workshops and the MauaoPAC Contemporary Choir call the centre home. With a raft of activity going on under one roof, MauaoPAC provides musicians, students and families with a real 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


Auckland's Alt/Groove 4 piece 'Coridian' & Hard Hitting Rock'n Rap Trio 'Animalhead' are combining forces with Hamiltons Rock Metal Powerhouse 'Checaine' & Wellingtons Rock and Roll Machine 'Curlys Jewels' for a four-date festive summer tour of some of the North Islands favourite Summer Hot Spots.


What isn't possible, when two multi-instrumental, one-man-bands combine? The Brunswick Space Agency presents, for the first time in New Zealand, Dub Cymatics, fresh out of the Australasian melting pot and built upon utilising the potential of midi-synced live looping.


This is a short tour to celebrate the upcoming release of The Mockers Live (DVD/CD). Special guest: Gareth Thomas (Goodshirt).

Dance Electronic Funk Soul

1,000,000% Certified, Grade A++++++++ A head-exploding, feel G(())(())D, rollercoasting, tempeh roasting, no frills boasting, night of soul music...

Rock Soul Funk

This is one Red Lounge you won't want to miss!! MY BABY (Amsterdam) with Special Guests Alice Sea & DJ AlleyKat.


Welcome to the 6th annual O'Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival 2018. We are looking forward to coming back to Mount Maunganui and sharing the best international surf films with everyone! Come on down for an epic night of surf cinema and good times!

Funk Rock Dub

Fresh off a summer which has already seen them perform at some of New Zealand’s biggest festivals, L.A.B are set to perform a special headline show at Mount Maunganui’s TOTARA STREETAfter the release of their debut self-titled album, L.A.B. have quickly become one of the most exciting and sought-after acts in the country. Upon release, the album reached number one on the iTunes Album Charts, and it has remained in the top ten of the NZ Album Charts since. Together, Brad & Stu Kora, Joel Shadbolt & Ara Adams-Tamatea unique blend of soulful-rock and electronic-funk has helped create a growing following.

Dance Electronic


The NZ Music Managers Forum in conjunction with Creative Bay of Plenty, Recorded Music NZ, and APRA AMCOS have joined forces for an essential seminar for Bay of Plenty based musicians, managers, self managed artists and anyone interested in the NZ Music Industry. The seminar will be held in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday March 27th.


On Saturday 31st of March Lounge Apes play ‘Totara Street’ with their authentic tribute to the pioneers of Seattle Grunge - Nirvana.


Ska Legends Bad Manners bring their non-stop party down under for a Greatest Hits Tour! Very Special Guest is the rude-girl queen of ska-pop Jennie Matthias (The Belle Stars).

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Come and enjoy some of the Bays 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 full band line ups.

Mauao Performing Arts Centre and TOTARA ST are proud to launch their brand new websites onto the world wide web! Over the past six months the team at MauaoPAC and TOTARA ST have been collaborating with Reid Design to come up with two beautiful websites that tie the two entities together.