Driving success for Cannons Creek locals
“The lack of a drivers licence is a barrier to employment”, says course tutor Howard
Lukefahr. “You only have to look at the job websites to see that many will require a licence”.
The Learner Licence Class is on Wednesday mornings in collaboration with the Cannons Creek
Opportunity Centre and Wesley Community Action. The course meets in the Opportunity Centre’s
facility on Bedford Court in Cannons Creek. Some of the students have also been staying on after class to
become familiar with computers and skills required to gain employment.
A new class is running on Saturday mornings and will help new migrants recently settled in Porirua and
others. This class focuses on English literacy, computer skills and driving related knowledge. It is run in collaboration with the Porirua Union and Community Health Service.
The Tindall Foundation grant is managed by local fund manager Nikau Foundation.
“We are pleased to see people improve their employment prospects through the Learner Licence Class”,
says Louise Parkin of Nikau Foundation.
“There’s a deeper issue we also want to address. Evidence points to unlicensed drivers at risk of fines.
If left unpaid this can lead to court appearances and caneven escalate to a prison sentence.”
“We are pleased that the Nikau Foundation shares the vision of Literacy Aotearoa Porirua. We want the
citizens of Porirua to realise their own potential. The Tindall Foundation funding helps us develop new
initiatives like working in Cannons Creek as opposed to our usual base in Hartham Place”, says David
Watt, Manager of Literacy Aotearoa Porirua.
“This year we will deliver between 20-100 hours of free tuition to over 150 adult learners”, says Mr
Watt. “We also run many computer, maths, and reading and writing, healthy living and learner licence
classes. We take a holistic approach with learners. We are helping them to apply with jobs or to find
volunteer and training opportunities. All of our classes are free”