New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life
Open Road Driver Training One Year On
The Open Road Driver Training Programme has been running in the Wellington Region for 1 year!
We are proud to say that in this time 18 learners have gained their restricted drivers licence (or full if they converted their overseas licence) and 18 others have improved their skills and confidence on our roads. We have had over 30 amazing volunteer driving mentors give their time to make this happen.
On 31 January we held a gathering to celebrate our learners and thank our wonderful volunteers.
We heard some great stories from both learners and mentors about their lessons together, the fun and challenges they had out on the road and the friendship they built. Our learners also told us that getting their licence has meant so much, giving job opportunities, independence, helping them to better care for their families and empowering their communities!
We also had the chance to say a big thank you to our mentors and supporters who make this programme possible – we think you are truly amazing!
Where to from here?
We are now up and running in Porirua. We would love more driving mentors who can volunteer in Porirua (you can find more information about volunteering here). Learners from a refugee background who live in the Porirua region are also welcome to get in touch. Contact Kate on 027 552 5972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Our Board members with Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and MP Golriz Ghahraman
Our Board is governed by people from refugee backgrounds who represent the interests of former refugees generally rather then their communities specifically. We also have 20% representation from other communities.