Timatanga Hou – Restricted to Full Licence

Up to 6 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.

Our experienced driving instructors will work with you one-on-one, providing personalised training to help you become a safe driver and pass your Full Licence test.

This programme is for former refugees who hold a New Zealand Restricted Licence and want to transition to a full licence.

  • Duration: 6-week programme. With 3-5 professional driving lessons.
  • Option to use personal vehicle, or practice in our safe cars with dual controls.


  • Hold a current Restricted Licence
  • Meet eligibility criteria for sitting the full licence test (e.g., holding a restricted licence for minimum required period).
  • Commit to all scheduled practical driver training lessons.
  • Have actively driven within the past 12 months.

Our Promise:

  • Our team of Coordinators and Professional Instructors to help guide you through the programme.
  • 3-5 professional driving lessons to help you prepare for full licence test.
  • Option to practice in your personal vehicle, or practice in our safe cars with dual controls.

Driving Test Fee:

  • The fee for the driving test is not covered, but we can help if you have financial concerns.

“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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