We use a licence to reduce offending because....

  • 60% of people’s first interaction with the justice system is through a driving offense​
  • 32 deaths last year on Hawke’s Bay roads – 33% of them didn’t have the correct licence to drive​
  • Working with referrals from Work and Income, Court, Probation and Police the common denominator was no full clean licence​
  • Gives people the best chance to stay out of the justice system​
  • IT WORKS ​


Our Results: 

  • Average 22 people out of the justice system per year because of the work we do with courts, police and probation ​
  • Referrals and compliance offered from local police​
  • Iwi/Community Panels have been established as an alternative to court because of our work and passion ​
  • Offer of a reader/writer for those with learning difficulties ​
  • 80% engagement rate from court referrals ​
  • 3 people per year that have their indefinite disqualification lifted – some have been stuck in a cycle of driving while disqualified for up to 7 years​
  • Supervise up to 5 people per year to clear their community probation hours


Our Outcomes:

  • Help people get out of a cycle of reoffending​
  • Give people an alternative to prosecution​
  • Ensure people get the real help needed to break bad cycles​
  • Builds lasting relationships that help change lives​
  • ​Reducing offending in our community​
  • Give those we work with in this area connection to wider training and employment opportunities ​
  • Makes a licence an equitable process 


Would you like to get involved and help us to build a resilient Central Hawkes Bay Community? We’d love to talk with you about ways you can help with the work we do at CONNECT Youth & Community Trust.

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