Kia Haere Tuu

Kia Haere Tuu translates to “Be Alert” and derives from a well-known kiwaha of Princess Te Puea – “kia maaori ai te haere atu, kia maaori ai te hokinga mai” which refers to ensuring that our people who travel, return home safely.

The Driver Licence Grant is a collaborative initiative supported by Waikato-Tainui, Te Puni Kokiri, Mercury Energy and New Zealand Transport Agency.

The Grant offers registered Waikato-Tainui tribal members a 50% discount off the FULL cost of a Class 1 Car learners, restricted or full licence.  It also offers at least a 60% discount off the cost to attend a Street Talk Defensive Driving Course (normally $180-$215).

Driver licence fees were identified as a major barrier preventing tribal members applying for a licence and or delaying them moving to the next licence stage.  A significant proportion of fatal crashes involved learner or inexperienced drivers.  The standards for driver licence testing in New Zealand have also increased, and as such, driver testing now involves a range of driver safety and practical driving skills hence the development of Kia Haere Tuu.

For the Driver Licensing Discount click here
For the Street Talk Defensive Driving Course click here or view the Q&A’s on your right or send an email to

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