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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

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.

Rock Grunge

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


Over the last decade, I Am Giant have dominated mainstream rock radio in New Zealand and wowed some of the biggest festival audiences around the world with their melodic alternative rock anthems. And although they’ve had a phenomenal impact on their home country, I Am Giant’s journey is one that has played out on a global scale, with all the sweat, guitar fuzz, and onstage mayhem you could hope for in a rock and roll story.


Laying early claim to 2018 as their year, Australian rock duo favourites Hockey Dad drop their latest single “I Wanna Be Everybody” and announce a run of international album tour dates. Hopping across to New Zealand this March/April with Good Boy in tow, the tour will see anticipated second record Blend Inn brought to life following its release on Friday, February 9.


What a time to be alive! Molly & The Chromatics are very shortly going to be bringing to your ears, the Polymorphic E.P! And to celebrate we’ll playing TOTARA STREET as part of our NZ Tour!

Rock Blues Dance Soul Reggae

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.

New School Pop

To co-incide with the release of nomad’s debut album “can you feel it”, young indie-pop group nomad have announced a string of shows after their appearance at Homegrown 2018. Auckland’s Alae will be joining them on support.


The TimeLiners tour in April 2018 will see Neil Worboys, Maurice Priestley and Stephen Carlyle taking a ‘plugged acoustic rootsy bluesy trio’ version of previous incarnations of the ‘…liner’ lineage, so-to-speak on a clock-wise time-warp of the North Island of Aotearoa through the month of April 2018 revisiting echoes of the last 50 years.


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).

Metal Rock

3 epic bands in one night!!
Last gig was a sell out so don't miss out.
NZ Live Tribute is alive and kicking...

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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.