Timatanga Hou – Overseas Conversion

Up to 24 week programme – (Free Service)

*Only Available in Christchurch & Ashburton

Welcome to the Timatanga Hou Former Refugee Driver Training Programme!                                       

Our goal is to help former refugees in Christchurch and Ashburton become confident drivers and improve their lives with a driver’s licence.

This programme works similarly to our Learner Licence to Restricted Licence programme. This programme is for former refugees who have held an overseas licence from a non-exempt country and have passed their theory test. 


  • You need at least 30 hours of driving experience in the last (6 months) year in New Zealand.
  • Attend an interview, induction, and initial assessment drive to ensure the programme is right for you.
  • Commit to twice-weekly drives for up to 24 weeks.
  • To be eligible for our programme, you must first pass a theory test and have a current New Zealand Driver Licence with supervisor condition.
  • Conversation English preferred. However, if English proficiency is low, a translator can be present to support during driving instruction. Please note, the cost for the translator must be covered by the learner.
  • This programme is only for former refugees with official documentation from Immigration New Zealand.

Our Promise:

  • Our team of Coordinators and Professional Instructors will guide you through the programme.
  • Skilled volunteer mentors will help you practice driving twice a week and give feedback.
  • You’ll practice in safe cars with dual controls.
  • Our mentors receive ongoing training from qualified driving instructors.

Driving Test Fee:

  • Our mentors receive ongoing training from qualified driving instructors.

Join us to become a safe and confident driver!

“Thank you so much for help and endless support in getting my licence. With your guidance and patience, you taught me the skills to become a safe driver. Thank you for giving me the confidence to drive and for helping me to overcome my nervousness. My husband was scared for our car and that is why I was so happy when I could use yours. I am very very grateful for the programme. Now I don’t have to walk in the rain with my baby daughter anymore or wait till late for my husband to pick me up from work. It was so stressful, but not anymore. Thank you.”  

Tithma – Graduate Timatanga Hou for former refugees
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