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Open Road Car


The Open Road programme is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The programme currently operates in 11 locations around New Zealand.


The Open Road Driver Training Programme helps enables practical driver education to former refugees to sit their Restricted and Full License.

Having a driver's licence contributes to successful settlement in many ways such as:

  • Increased independence and confidence

  • Transporting children to and from school

  • Securing employment

  • Social engagement and connection

Over the past 4 years we have supported more than 1000 former refugees to sit and pass their test.



  • The programme runs for 12-20 weeks ( depending on learner progress ).

  • We have 2 intakes of learners per year ( with 20 places in each ) but have a need for volunteer mentors all year round.

  • A dual-control vehicle is supplied for the practice sessions.

  • All driving mentors are given training and induction for the duration of the programme, and will be required to attend a 90 minute induction at the beginning of the programme.

  • Practice session times will be according to availability of the mentor & learner.

Programme Process
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