Our founders, Vaughan and Evie established Mekar Bhuana Aotearoa (the original, Māori name for New Zealand) in March 2022 with the aim of further spreading the beauty of rare classical and archaic Balinese music around the world.

Mekar Bhuana Aotearoa has six gamelan sets: Semara Patangian, Five-tone Semara Pagulingan, Seven-tone Semara Pagulingan, Selonding, Gender Wayang and Rindik.

Mekar Bhuana Aotearoa offers both gamelan and dance courses at Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, Wellington.


Our Gamelan Semara Patangian Course 3 started on August 17, but you are still welcome to do a drop in for just $15.

Check out the results of just eight sessions in Course One!:

Check out our postings on Instagram about our course sessions.


We held a number of courses in 2022 but had a break in 2023 to focus on collaborative performances where Evie both taught and learned from Caraka Seni, an Indonesian dance troupe in Wellington.


Upcoming MBA Events

We plan to have an end of year ‘open rehearsal jam’ at MMCC with our Semara Patangian course group on Saturday October 7th – watch this space for details.

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