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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

Hip Hop

The Purple Lab – Phreaze Factory proudly supported by Creative NZ and Dawn Raid Entertainment present the Vibes B.O.P. (Beats Over Poetry) Hiphop/RnB Compilation vol. 1 launch party!

Indie Soul

Local Soul-Hop artist Matty Buxton is excited to bring his recent releases to life for his hometown crowd here in Mount Maunganui. This show will be a celebration of his recent releases in 2021, namely his most recent release "Ride It Out'.

Soul Rock R&B Pop Jazz Indie Funk

CHUR CHON SNDY is the Bays newest Sunday Session.

Live Music from the kick arse house band, with week to week features from some of the best talent Aotearoa has on offer…

Original acts will kick off proceedings prior to the house band hitting the stage. The Chur!Coal BBQ & Eatery will be rolling out some seriously tasty charcoal cooked treats. The beers will be cold and the vibes will be high. Get along to TOTARA ST and be part of a unique addition to the Mount Maunganui events calendar.


After the previous few sold out shows at Totara St, Crack Up Comedy is bring another killer line up to the Mount.

NZ comedy legend, Andrew Clay headlines the next show!

Indie Pop Rock

In April 2021, Fur Patrol released the 20th Anniversary vinyl reissue of PET - their much-loved debut album, which spawned five singles, including ‘Andrew’, ‘Holy’, the chart-topping ‘Lydia’ and previously "hidden" track 'Bottles & Jars'.

Indie Punk Rock

After two years of losing to Covid-19 we can all bounce back together and put aside our differences to once again unite as the losers we so obviously are. A true loser knows that life isn’t perfect 100% of the time, it is but a series of ebbs and flows. Sometimes everything goes as we desire and it all seems like a wonderful dream. Other times things don’t turn out as planned. But that is also ok because we will have learned great lessons about ourselves, this world, and the people around us and for that, we will come out much stronger and as better people.

Metal Rock

A wild beast should never be caged, unless you wish to experience the full might of its fury when it is unleashed. With only 2 NZ shows to their name in the year 2021, Shepherds Reign is restless as they step on to the ring once again, as it is time for their ‘Re-Awakening’. With plans set in motion to dominate the world, they take a step back to warm up in their old backyard of Aotearoa. But do not believe for a second they are going easy, they will deliver each blow to every show with intent, and with the full weight of their ancestors behind them. They will demonstrate the monstrosity from the likes of ‘Lamb of God’ and ‘Gojira’, while channeling the gracefulness of ‘Dream Theater’.

Klutch Productions presents 

Dolphin Friendly, Paige Julia & Strangely Arousing! 

This August, Totara street plays host to an eclectic blockbuster of NZ music, one night only 


In support of their debut E.P "Origins", EAST YORK are ready to unleash their ferocious live show with the good people of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Their latest single TO KILL THE SUN has been added to rotation on stations all over NZ and Australia which one reviewer described as... "a deeply groovy and riff laden groove metal track with a really high production value and catchy, almost poppy/rocky sections..."

Pop Rock

Kiwi icon’s The Jordan Luck Band are thrilled to once again be bringing the party to NZ on their annual Winter Road Trip.

Packed with all the classic Exponents hits you know & love, the 2022 Winter Tour will tear through the winter months and be hitting towns throughout the length and breadth of Aotearoa.

Dance Electronic House

The Thrift Shop Ball invites you to delve deep into your most creative alter ego and style yourselves using all those treasures you have scored over the years. Rozella presents & Mamamanagement have joined forces for an exclusive showcase of dance music & live performance artists.

Indie Rock Pop

After one of their biggest summers yet, Aotearoa-based indie/rock/pop outfit Summer Thieves are set to hit the road this September for a massive spring tour across the country. This run of shows will be the band’s first NZ tour in over two years, and will see them performing tracks from their upcoming new album for the first time.

Pop Folk


Landslide is a live 5 piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks for the past 8 years, covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie's solo hits! Expect to hear Dreams, Sara, Rhiannon, The Chain, Go Your Own Way, Seven Wonders, Tusk, Gypsy, Black Magic Woman, Don't Stop, Little Lies etc...to name just a few!



Come and celebrate a fantastic night of awesome 90’s Seattle grunge. Three heavy hitting bands from Seattle made a massive impact on a global scale in the 90s and beyond.

Rock Pop




A new Kiwi band with outstanding pedigree hits North Island venues in September to showcase new material and their own down-under classic hits.

Roots Reggae Jazz

"A joyful and jaw dropping fusion of afro-grooves and jazz that hits you like a burst of sonic sunshine" Phil Jackson, BBC specialist music presenter describing Yaw Asumadu who is a master drummer, composer, African flautist, bass guitarist and xylophone player.

Rock Metal Funk Indie

This is The Grand Bazaar's ONE AND ONLY Tauranga show for 2022 so book Friday 30th September off work NOW and treat yourself to a long weekend of alternative music, fine beverages and socialising, kicking off with this live music event on Thursday night!

Rock Dance

Rewind 80s "Rock & Glow Party"

Back when the look was Big hair, Hairspray and Perms were the normal.

Padded shoulders, Neon Colors and Spandex were in.

Mullets, Ripped knee jeans and lacey shirts made you a rock star.

Aerobics activewear and leg warmers.... Well.... Enough said.

Pop Rock Indie


Citizens, it’s been roughly 9125 days since Flying Nun chart invaders Garageland released Last Exit to Garageland to the world and the band are happy to announce an April 2022 return.

Indie Folk

Mel Parsons announces Slow Burn album and tour

One of Aotearoa’s favourite touring acts, award-winning indie-folk artist Mel Parsons announces the release of her new album SLOW BURN for September 16, as well as revealing an 11-date national tour to follow in support of the album release.

Dance Electronic

Connected 2 – Mac Summer

Connected Vol.2 brings tasty Drum and Bass back to Tauranga!
Random Four and Mac Summer bring another night of good vibes and excitement 🚀🚀🚀

Come and join the party celebrations of your favourite Drum & Bass, Jungle & Retrowave tunes!

Electronic Dance

From the inspiration of glamming up and partying the night away with your mates, Late Nite Sunrise is beyond stoked to bring you, Eclipse – Late Nite Ball.  

Eclipse is an exclusive event for friends to dress up and party the night away at one of Mount Maunganui’s favourite venues, Totora St.  


Tāmaki Makaurau five piece NO CIGAR embark on their biggest headline tour of Aotearoa this Spring. Taking in ten dates across New Zealand, NO CIGAR are touring in celebration of their debut album Bienvenido out this September. With single ‘Some Nights’ playlisted on ZM, Radio Hauraki and The Edge, NO CIGAR’s infectious chiller tunes have fast become a favourite with Kiwi fans. 

Dub Electronic Dance

After two years of lockdowns and closed borders Pitch Black have been re-united! We’ve been deep in the dub lab exploring new ways to deliver our live show and are pleased to be heading out on tour this November.

We’d love to celebrate with you, the tunes we have made in lockdown plus a few old favourites. 


Australia's most loved comedian* Luke Kidgell, is back on tour with his brand new show 'Cheers to that!' (*not a fact, just a personal opinion of Luke's).

After a big year in 2021 dodging lockdowns and attending almost every pub in the country Luke has some tales to tell.

Electronic Dance Indie New School Pop Roots


Raising awareness for Autism

A careful selection of elite DJs and other Tauranga music artists will be showcased for your entertainment and delight with good music, good times, and a good vibe.

Soul R&B Roots



After months of uncertainy and rescheduling this tour 6 times we are finally taking ‘Coming in from the Dark’ on the road!! We are so excited and cant wait to share this album with the full live band with you. 

Pop Rock

New Zealand's Premier International touring Eagles Tribute band. Kiwi's have always been known for their individuality, and the Kiwi Eagles Experience is no exception.

Featuring four striking musicians delivering four part harmonies and blistering guitar solos to classic Eagles compositions that sound as close to the Eagles live show as you can get.

Rock Metal

Overload is set to be the biggest rock event for 22/23 New Year's Eve. Nowhere else in Aotearoa will you see a lineup like this - Six killer acts hosted by NZ's premier destination venue, Totara Street. 

The lineup features the best tributes New Zealand has to offer. Whether you like to rock out with the classics or sing along to your favorite radio anthems - Overload has you covered. 

Pop Funk Dance Soul Ska

Hot Potato Band’s larger-than-life brass collective is a breath of fresh air, setting a new bar for energetic and interactive live performances. Finding home in Sydney, Australia, their positive coastal energy pushes euphoric boundaries in their bold quest to reignite acoustic instrumentation.


NZ/DC are New Zealand’s premier AC/DC Experience. School-boy suit and all, they offer mind-blowing resemblance to the legendary AC/DC. Performing songs from both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson era, you'll be seeing one of the most authentic experience shows on the planet!

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Latest News

Welcome back to another round of musical action put on by the students at the Mauao Performing Arts Centre. We are deep into the swing of things at the centre and there are some great songs being learned and skills getting honed in. Come and check out what all the fuss is about on Sunday the 26th of September, doors open at 4pm, show starts at 4:30pm.

Free Entry | Everyone welcome

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.