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Young Drivers

Young Driver related crashes are an area of high concern & identified as a continuing road safety issue across the cluster.

Wairarapa Wide: 16 to 24 year olds most represented age group in injury crashes on local roads, state highways & mostly at fault at the time of the crash.  gives free, practical info to make it easier to pass your restricted test.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: DRIVE

We are very excited to announce that SADD is being supported in 100% of Wairarapa Colleges. We meet every month as a council to discuss areas of concern and how we can promote safe driving practises (including not driving whilst intoxicated or getting in a car with someone else that has been drinking) not only to our peers but stretch our message out into our community.


Visit the National SADD Page to see what is happening around the country!


Community Driver Mentor Programme


Checkpoint with John Campbell - RNZ Monday 31st August 2017 Interview

As a result of the Mayoral Task Force for Jobs initiative and the Social Sector trial a steering group was set up by Masterton Mayor Lyn Paterson, to explore how we best support some local secondary students to gain their restricted licences prior to exiting school.

We know that young people who hold a drivers licence are better placed to gain local employment and thus contribute meaningfully to the region economically, and socially. 

We also know that most of our ‘at risk’ youth have no access to best practice driver training, finances or a driving mentor. Unless this is addressed they would rely on unsafe and illegal cars,  indulge in unsafe driving and enter the justice merry-go-round, because of  tickets and court appearances. 


Young drivers is an NZTA ‘high concern’ for our region, and Carterton ranks nationally as No. 4 for ‘personal risk’ in the 2017 Communities at Risk register. 

If supported, this group would hopefully become gainfully employed, and become safe drivers on our local roads, so EVERYONE wins!

The programme relies on generous sponsors and our wonderful community volunteers who every week spend some hours coaching our youth to become safe drivers and gain their driver licences.

2018 sees generous donations from Trusthouse Foundation & Greater Wellington Regional Council to expand our programme and include a 4th secondary school.


The Wairarapa Road Safety Council is proud to have led a fantastic Community team in setting up the programme including:

Trusthouse Foundation 
Our three District Council Mayors & Councils
Southey Honda
Caltex Masterton
REAP Wairarapa
The Sign Factory
Julia London
Frazer Mailman
College support staff
Greater Wellington Regional Council
'Together making a difference for young driver safety across Wairarapa’

RYDA ProgrammeRYDA Programme

The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme is in partnership with Rotary, Road Safety Education, Safer Journeys, Wairarapa Road Safety Council.

This year we almost doubled our number is our fourth year providing a successful program focusing on Year 12 Students across Wairarapa during March. With nearly 600 Students in attendance over the 2-day event held at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton, students we able to take part in 6 workshops;

  • Putting the 'I' in Drive
  • Hazards, Distractions & Risks
  • Speed & Stopping Distances
  • Road Choices
  • Genevieves Story
  • Crash Survivor


Each facilitator was experienced in their field providing safer road choices and inspiration to students wanting to take the next step in their journey of their future driving careers. This program is set to run again in 2017.

Congratulations to Conor Mackay -Freeman who won 6 FREE driving lessons with Jackie Hill from Masterton Driver Training after filling out the RYDA Feedback form (picture above)

For more information please click the RYDA link

We wish to thank all of the Rotarians, Teachers, Students, Facilitators and supporting organisations that played their part in making this event a success.

RYDA is an Australia and New Zealand Program delivered by Road Safety Education Ltd.

Photo Credit: Piers Fuller

SADD - Students Against Dangerous Driving

NZTA Teachers Workshop year 7-13 Educators

Wairarapa Professional Development Workshop – March 3rd 2016

Year 7-13 Educators – Citizenship through inquiry and action

After attending the first NZTA professional development workshop in Trentham in early 2015, I was not a teacher, but I was convinced of the importance to highlighting road safety education within our school networks in Wairarapa.

Now to present day, March 3rd 2016, a similar workshop was held in Wairarapa at the Copthorne, Solway Park with 50 educational brains under one roof. This time, we were able to witness a shift in thinking towards road safety as a culture and the impact that our roading network has on our choices in day-to-day living.

“We’ve been talking [since the workshop] with our senior students about the speed at which the traffic goes past our school gate and the dangers around this. The students are already excited by possible ideas they are sharing…”

“…There are some great ideas [and lesson plans] on teaching road safety that tie in with all curriculum areas. As Pam Hook said 'we are all road users in one-way or another’…”

~ Peter Hull (Acting Principal, South Featherston School)

“One of my favourite speakers was Rachel Bolstad, her presentation on Key Competencies stood out for me as it reminded me of the importance of lifelong learning”. 

~ Polu Luatua (Senior teacher, Lakeview School)

“There may be some barriers mostly around the fact that we are a country school. I did however get some contacts from the workshop that can help me with implementing ideas specific to our school”.

~ Peter Hull (Acting Principal, South Featherston School

“This professional development was very useful. I enjoyed the sessions on solo taxonomy and the notion of the roads a common ground needing shared responsibility. We will be looking at some of the material provided through links to share with our students.”

~ Prue Smith (Manager, Wairarapa Teen Parenting Unit)

Having a vast collection of teachers that educate students in rural, urban and mixed zone environments tested each subject’s adaptability.  In all cases, the overall day didn’t just teach us how to implement road safety education into school curriculum and create lifelong learning examples to embed in students, but it helped us learn about our own citizenship through inquiry and action.

Written by Holly McGeorge

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