Te Rori a Mua Trust

About Us

Te Rori a Mua is a registered trust, a registered charity and a non-profit organisation.


Society appreciates and supports people with disability living a good life.


Provide a supportive environment

to enable adults with intellectual disabilities

to live a good life


Te Rori a Mua's principles are based on "Gentle Teaching". Gentle teaching techniques focus on providing a mechanism to develop and actualize a teaching structure through which the caregiver can create multiple opportunities to teach the value of human presence and reward. This provides opportunities to redirect the person toward personal and socially appropriate tasks and interactions. They also provide environments valuing human presence and reward.

Hutia te rito o te harakeke, 
Kei whea te komako e ko?
Ki mai ki ahau; 
He aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Maku e ki atu, 
he tangata, he tangata, he tangata
If the heart of harakeke was removed, 
where will the bellbird sing?
If I was asked,
what was the most important thing in the world;
I would be compelled to reply,
It is people, it is people, it is people!

The proverb reflects the Maori reference to the harakeke plant as a whanau or family group. The outer leaves are the tupuna (ancestors); the inner leaves are the matua (parents); the most inner leaf is the rito or pepe (baby). Only the tupuna are cut as the matua are left to protect the pepe..

The harakeke represents a whanau or family.


Te Rori a Mua Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising a representative from residents' families, the Manager and several external representatives. The Board meets every 2 months.

The Family committee is all family members to the residents and day program participants. The Family committee meet about every two months.

The day to day running of the Trust is the responsibility of the Manager.


Te Rori a Mua Trust was founded in 1993 by Theresa Perry and families who dreamed for a better life for their family members with intellectual disabilities. The Trust was established based upon the harakeke as it reflects the importance of whanau and growth.