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The Rhythm Centre Trust gratefully acknowledge the generous help provided by the Auckland Regional Services Trust and the Waitakere City Council in making this project possible.

Image - tiny drum "Drumming together is exciting because of the immediacy, sound level and insistence. You know you are part of something bigger and you are not the only one holding it together, yet your contribution is important. You are part of a big sound-making team while at the same time you are being challenged creatively."

Fraser Bruce

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  Welcome to the Rhythm Centre  

what we offer

   The Rhythm Centre promotes rhythm, drumming and percussion to empower people via community performance events, village drum circles, rhythm in schools, corporate team building, festivals, practical workshops, instrument making and more.
   Whether you're new to rhythm, an accomplished drummer or want to explore the Rhythm Centre's corporate and educational programs, you'll find a wealth of information and useful resources on this site.

where we're located

unit 2/7 Westech Place in Kelston

what you will find here

:: Live drumming and performance in Village Drum Circles - all are welcome to participate.
:: Expert tuition for all ages in a wide range of rhythm classes & workshops.
:: Learn to make your own drums and construct rhythm instruments.
:: Corporate team-building workshops.
:: Explore and benefit from the fascinating world of rhythm and healing
:: Check out the Rhythm Centre's ongoing Rhythm in Schools programs and workshops.
:: Use our growing resource library to network with rhythm and drum teachers, related organisations and drum makers in New Zealand and overseas.

rhythm in new zealand

Image - Introducing Fraser Bruce, Chairman of the Rhythm Centre Trust and a passionate drummerIntroducing Fraser Bruce - Chairman, Rhythm Centre Trust:
   "Drumming has such universal appeal, it inspired me to make this process readily available to the rest of the community. This resulted in an application in January 2000 to the Auckland Regional Services Trust for funding to set up a Rhythm Centre where instruments could be made and repaired, where people could come and play and find out where rhythm was happening in Auckland..." more about Fraser Bruce






Updated 20thJune 2014

Haere Mai Taiko

Haere Mai Taiko is one of Auckland's most authentic and enthusiastic performers of Japanese Taiko drumming.

Haere mai means "welcome" in Maori, Mai means to dance in Japanese. This is an expression of the two cultures mixing and creating a new enriched culture. We are seriously passionate about Taiko, which enables us to share traditional and modern Japanese culture with a bit of NZ flavour. We participate in various events, and all our members aim to be good performers.

Practice every Sat 8:00am to 2:00pm


Introductory Workshop for N'goni with Jeremy Cloake.

This course will be taught at a holiday home at Piha beach. Participants will initially be taught
how to tune n'goni, several tuning scales, dis-assembly and re-assembly of n'goni and how to replace the strings.

The course will then continue on with playing techniques, several rhythms and improvisations.
The course fee includes all tuition and the overnight stay on Saturday. Participants will be
responsible for preparing their own food and we will share a meal on the Saturday night. This
course is suited for beginner and intermediate students. Several n'goni will be available for
sale at this course.


For more details, click here details


Videos of Mhara Marimbas on youtube..


Want to learn to make a Marimba?

Enquiries for 6 day workshops

Next one starts 30th October, register now by calling ..

contact Ian Drower on 021 448801, or Fraser on 09 8173644


Harp lessons for beginners

Children and adults.Harps available for hire. Learn the basics of reading music and playing by ear. Ph Robyn 8133691 or 021 252 7632
more info at


African drum and Dance.




next village drum circle

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When ?

Contact Fraser Bruce on 09 817364

:INFO: Ph 09 8173644

Drumming african style
for adults, beginners and experienced ..

When: Thursdays from 6.00pm
Where: St Columba Church. Grey Lynn
For course details phone:

Jimi Dale: 09 846 2440 or 021 123 2037

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new web site update
The Rhythm Centre web site is now fully online although some sections still await content. If you have any questions, suggestions or enquiries, please use our contact page, online enquiry form or email us at:
For further information contact Fraser Bruce:
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