Ngā Mara Ātea – A Marae Centred Programme


Mara = seeds that grow
Ātea = growing potential

People with an intellectual disability aged between 16 and 65 can join Ngā Mara Ātea – A  Marae Centred Programme.

Clients are introduced to Tikanga Māori (living by Māori values) and Te Reo Māori (Māori language) in a safe and supportive whanau environment. It is a programme where participants can ‘stand inside the Marae’ so that their ‘distress may cease’.

Benefits our clients experience include:

  • Maintaining and improving skills
  • Being involved in the community
  • Learning about other cultures
  • Exploring new skills
  • Building and maintaining friendships


Life Unlimited is contracted by the Ministry of Health to deliver the Ngā Mara Ātea programme. Access to the programme is via an assessment that is conducted by Disability Support Link, the Needs Assessment Service Co-ordination agency (NASC) located in Hamilton.


The programme operates for 49 weeks of the year at Kirikiriroa Marae, 951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216