Waikato-Tainui launches ‘Kia Haere Tuu’

Waikato-Tainui is set to launch a new driving licence initiative aimed at supporting its members to become safer drivers, increase opportunities for employment, and enable whaanau to be more mobile and independent.

Kia Haere Tuu is a collaboration between Waikato-Tainui and Te Puni Kokiri, NZ Transport Agency, Mercury Energy, VTNZ and PassRite Driving Academy.

It includes a new grant for tribal members to obtain Class 1 licences and undertake defensive driving education.

Rahui Papa, Chairman of Waikato-Tainui tribal executive Te Arataura, said having a driver’s licence was a fundamental qualification.

“Those with a driver’s licence are seven times more likely to be employed over those without a licence,” said Mr Papa. “Our hope is that by offering this opportunity we are able to support our iwi members to become licenced, competent drivers and increase their potential to find employment.

“In addition, we want to support safer roads through better skilled drivers and we are aiming this opportunity particularly at rangatahi. Kia Haere Tuu will help them to both afford the costs of obtaining a licence and teach them how to keep themselves and others safe on the road,” he said.

“We see this as not just an investment in our people, but an investment in community development and road safety for everyone.”

Mr Papa acknowledged the support of Te Puni Kokiri, NZ Transport Agency, Mercury Energy, VTNZ and PassRite Driving Academy to make this initiative possible. Kia Haere Tuu will be officially launched in Hamilton tomorrow (29 March 2017).

More information about Kia Haere Tuu is available at www.waikatotainui.com/kia-haere-tuu