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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

Rock

California psychedelic heavyweights Earthless will return to Australia and New Zealand next February and March in support of their acclaimed 2018 studio album Black Heaven and their new live album From the West.

Film

Welcome to the 7th annual O'Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival 2019. ASFF 2019 National Tour - Mount Maunganui. 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! We will have audience giveaways provided by O'Neill and Corona. Everyone that purchases a ticket online at www.asff.co.nz goes in the draw to win a Bear Bones Surf Co surfboard valued at $1,099!

Indie Folk

NZ Spirit are thrilled to announce Xavier Rudd - Official NZ tour. For Xavier Rudd, writing music and living his life are one and the same. “I’m literally just singing about the things that are going on around me,” he says of his sublime and soaring indie-folk. Environmental work, activism, veganism, spiritualism, surfing, family camping trips in the bush and dog walks on the beach; everything Rudd does, he pours into song. The result is a personal sound that strikes a universal note.

New School Rock Pop

The Mount Maunganui Summer Soiree is mixing you up a fine beverage of jazzy soul, indie rock and a splash of hip-hop to get you feeling groovy on a summer evening. Featuring The Leers, Molly + The Chromatics and Round Buddah, the Soiree will go down in the Mount on Saturday 9 March.

Rock Metal

Eccles Entertainment in association with K2 Agency, are proud to co present Kiwi thrash metal band Alien Weaponry on their first ever Australasian run, the Tūmatauenga Tour!

Funk Ska Reggae

Over the past 4 years, Hot Potato Band has seen an unprecedented evolution. Beginning their journey as roving street performers, the 10 piece band from Sydney, Australia have been twice around the the literal and figurative block. Like a muscle they have exercised their musicianship and showmanship which is the likely reason they leave lasting impressions on festivals and audiences.

Soul Blues

"Isaiah has been compared to that of Delbert McClinton. His guitar work has been compared to Lonnie Mack. His compositions—especially “Lost Jacket Blues,” “Travel Back In Time” and “Party Late All Night”—are instant classics." The Aquarian New Jersey.

Reggae Hip Hop

After a successful year in 2018, Runtingz is back! This time with special guest, Swiss.

Food waste contributes to one third of methane gases entering the atmosphere, and the majority of it is avoidable! Enjoy an informative afternoon learning how to create your own delicious meals with rescued food with Peter Blakeway and Good Neighbour Trust. Nibbles will be provided.

New School Rock Reggae

Stone Cold Records presents the ‘Strange Summer’ tour. Three of the most musically arousing summer nights in the Mayan calendar.

Two bands - double the dance grooves! Big Ticket are an 8-piece Auckland band playing popular songs with a vintage twist. They’re the only band that you'll hear playing a 40’s swing version of Someone Like You by Adele! They play pop and retro classics re-imagined modern juke-box style - great for swing dancing or just a good old boogie!

Rock Folk Funk Dance Blues Pop Reggae

Records, lots of them, a bunch of good people with good stuff, sharing, trading and having fun in a great place.

Metal

Two tributes to your favourite bands, both in one night @ totara street in Mt Maunganui. The last gig completely sold out so get your tickets quick!

Pop Rock

Following a Sold Out Winter Tour in 2018, Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band announce the 19 date New Zealand Winter(ish)Tour of 2019, trekking all across the country from Saturday April 27th to June 22nd.

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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.

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’.