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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

Indie Rock Punk Grunge

Now more than ever the world is full of Losers… We are losing our jobs. We are losing our health. We are losing our freedom. We are losing our love for our fellow man. We are losing our future. The world is no longer the sunshine and rainbow filled wonderland we all pretended we lived in. Nope, we all finally awoke to the big dark depressing reality of a world with the weak at the mercy of the agendas of those that profess to lead.

Dub Blues Hip Hop Indie New School Pop R&B Reggae Rock

The New Zealand Music Managers Forum, with support from Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS NZ, NZ On Air and Tauranga City Council Creative Communities, are proud to announce an extremely special seminar ‘In Conversation With’. Here, Tiki Taane, , MC Tali and Liz Stokes from The Beths share their experiences on the effect COVID-19 has had on their business, how they pivoted their outlook and activity during lockdown, and the positive impact this had on their business at Level 1 and their plans for the rest of the year. This will be an evening not to be missed!

Pop Rock

Coast: Love The Music and Pitch Perfect Promotions NZ Presents Automatic 80s LIVE at TOTARA STREET. The Show features the very best of early to mid-Eighties New Romantic and New Wave hits, performed live, loud and pumping. The hundreds of hours of pre-production, musicianship and attention to vocal detail create an authentic live Eighties Music experience that leaves enthralled audiences exhausted and voiceless from dancing and singing. Be propelled back to the age of Synthplicity.

Pop New School

After selling out Auckland's Powerstation in just six days, Auckland's indie faves The Beths announce a nationwide tour in support of their new record Jump Rope Gazers, out next Friday 10 July on Carpark Records. The tour will see The Beths criss-cross New Zealand for 12 dates from 27 August, followed by a very special show on the iconic Auckland Town Hall stage on Friday 6 November.

New School Rock Soul Indie

The Butlers bring a mix of ‘milky’ guitars, layers of smooth saxophone, and multiple vocalists each singing songs as lead singers or sprinkling harmonies throughout songs, that we like to call Funkadelic Surf Rock. Their unique and infectious sound is hard to pin down. From baritone ballads to smoky solo serenades, there's enough variety in their discography to always keep you wanting more. They have a new EP on the way and you'll get to hear some of it at this show.

Dance Electronic

Falcon Events and Dueller Society Present
Swell Sounds
SAVE THE DATE - Saturday 5th of September

Roots Rock Reggae

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

Who Loves A Rescheduled NZ Tour The Most???…. Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band are thrilled to be packing all the classic Exponents hits into the van and bringing the party to every corner of Aotearoa this Spring….all 23 of the 2020 Winter shows have been rescheduled and the trek across New Zealand begins on the Friday 4th of September and concludes on Saturday 7th of November.

New School Rock Reggae R&B

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.

Soul Blues Folk

Tenfold. & ZM presents:
THOMAS OLIVER
w/ full band for the ultimate T.O. experience

The Brightest Light Tour | Album Tour 2020
The award-winning singer-songwriter returns to New Zealand with a stunning run of dates celebrating The Brightest Light album release!

Pop Rock

RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2020
SUMMER VIBES TOUR 2020!!! MT MAUNGANUI...
Love grown music comes to life summer 2020 with White Chapel Jak. Thrilled to announce their “Summer Vibes Tour” , this high energy acoustic Kiwiana band will have you groovin’ and vibin’ with their fresh and funky approach to songs you all know and love.

Rock Punk Soul Roots Blues

An all-star lineup of Aotearoa artists will perform together this October in tribute to Aaron Tokona, songwriter and guitar hero of Weta, AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight, Bongmaster and much more, who sadly passed away on Saturday 20th June of a heart attack.

Pop Jazz Electronic

Garage Project, Radio Hauraki, Banished Music & Under The Radar presents The Phoenix Foundation - Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa. 
On the band's first nationwide tour in 5 years, they will perform 8 dates across Aotearoa this November. Celebrating the expansive new album Friend Ship ; a post-apocalyptic love letter from the future to the present and the soundtrack to the swirling oblivion that is 2020.

Ska

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!

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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.