Eastern Bay road safety champion Lorreen Hartley has been recognised with a Kotahitanga Award
for her dedication to reducing alcohol-related harm on our roads.
Ms Hartley was awarded by the Safe and Sustainable Transport Association and recognised for her
work with the Alcohol Recidivism Tikanga Programme – a life-changing course run in collaboration
with Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngāti Awa (NASH), Police and Ara Poutama Aotearoa – Eastern Bay of Plenty
Sonia Lynds, who nominated Ms Hartley, said Ms Hartley’s commitment to reducing serious crashes
and fatalities in the Eastern Bay is demonstrated in her leadership of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Road
“The Alcohol Recidivism Tikanga Programme has achieved a 96 percent rate in graduates non-
reoffending in regard to drink-driving,” said Ms Lynds.
“This statistic is impressive enough, but if we take the time to consider what hasn’t happened on our
roads due to each graduate making the decision not to drink and drive, it is a potentially lifesaving
Programme Lead Facilitator Des Harawira of Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngāti Awa said he regards Ms
Hartley as a driving force behind the Marae-Based Impaired Driving Programme.
“She is really passionate about the safety, health and wellbeing of whānau and wider community,”
said Mr Haraiwra.
Eastern Bay Road Policing Manager Senior Sergeant Chris Howard said Ms Hartley is an asset to the
community who never seeks praise for her hard work and dedication.
“Lorreen is a true champion for impaired drivers in the Eastern Bay,” he said.
“She works very hard in trying to develop a change in mindset of recidivist drink drivers. She also
plays a big part in education around sports clubs where alcohol is consumed, and she liaises with
those clubs to instil a positive message around not drinking and driving.”
The Eastern Bay Road Safety Programme aims to raise community awareness about road safety and
work towards reducing deaths and serious injuries on Eastern Bay roads.
The programme is a joint initiative run by the Whakatāne, Ōpōtiki and Kawerau District Councils and
Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
As well as the Alcohol Recidivism Tikanga Programme it also supports youth programmes and free
winter pit stops (vehicle safety checks).
Find out more at whakatane.govt.nz/eastern-bay-road-safety