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Road safety in the Tairawhiti district.

Nga Ara Pai community driver mentors

Tairawhiti Roads coordinates the Nga Ara Pai driver mentor programme. It's a youth driver education programme that targets low income whanau with young families and young drivers 16-24yrs.

The cost per trainee is $137 which contributes to the restricted licence test only. Participants receive a road code, up to 3 professional driving lessons worth $80 each, up to 3 mentored drives per week, access to a vehicle, petrol and advice from the professionals.

There are 2 service providers on board - McInnes Driver Training and Passrite Driving Academy.

The mentors volunteer up to 2 hours of their time each week and have been essential to the success of students who've passed their restricted licence.

More driver mentors are needed. If you’re over 25 years old, hold a full NZ drivers licence and are interested in becoming a mentor driver or would like more information contact us.

Nga Ara Pai 10 week driving course

For drivers (aged 16 to 24 yrs but not limited to) through the graduated licence system from Learner Licence to Restricted Licence, who through many reasons, may not have the resources to complete this otherwise. Student's enrolment criteria:

• participants aged from 16 to 24 years 
• must have held Learner License for a minimum of 4 months 
• must have experience driving. 
• must be able to commit to 2 - 3 drives with a mentor per week 
• the programme targets those who are on low incomes, no support, no access to reliable vehicle and priority is given to those with young families. 
• a statement of written letter expressing why you or your child should be selected to be part of the Nga Ara Programme 
• must be willing to sit licence in an automatic vehicle.  

Nga Ara Pai is a 10 week course and if selected you will receive

Free road code, free driving assessment with a professional qualified driving instructor, free driving practice support (2-3 drives per week) alongside a volunteer mentor, an automatic vehicle is provided during the lesson for these mentoring sessions at no cost to the student.

Course requires up to 10 weeks of commitment from the student. At the end of the 10 weeks (or as the driving instructor sees fit), learner drivers will sit their Restricted licence with a testing officer. 

Cost of programme is $137 to be paid on registration -per learner and is non-refundable 

For application forms please contact or pick up from McInnes Driver Training – 385 Palmerston Road, ph 0800 624 663 , Passrite Driver Training -  395 Childers Road, phone 0800 PASSRITE or contact Dianne Akurangi at Gisborne District Council. 

Road safety videos

Buckle me in before you begin

About the correct use of child restraints and seat belts.

Students against driving drunk - SADD

Schools based programme to prevent road crashes and reduce youth dying on our roads.

Ease up programme

One initiative is smoke free, alcohol free and drug free sidelines at rugby, league and softball matches. Role modelling healthy behaviour.

Nga Ara Pai - community driver mentor

Youth driver education programme - to be safe drivers on our roads.

Ngati Porou road safety

Ngati Porou's strategy 'Turning of the Tides' one goal is to reduce the proportion of Maori dying on our roads.

Kaiti rangitahi billboards project

School students designed posters with drink driving messages that were put up in high speed rate areas and around schools.

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