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Our Story

A number of years ago, Melanie Harper started driving her Aunt Trish to appointments in Havelock North, New Zealand.

Trish no longer drove herself and she enjoyed the companionship of Melanie driving her to her appointments. In 2008 Melanie and her husband Jack started thinking about providing the service on a broader scale across New Zealand and developed a business system which they named Driving Miss Daisy.

After extensive research they registered Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd and trademarked the brand in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The business was officially launched on 5th May 2009, and they now have in excess of 80 franchises successfully operating in New Zealand.

Simultaneously to this, they incorporated DMD International and in 2014 they launched Driving Miss Daisy UK and Driving Miss Daisy Australia was launched in 2020.

At the core of our company, we’re dedicated to providing our clients with a safe, friendly and reliable companion driving service.


To be open, honest and trustworthy, acting with the utmost integrity at all times.


To provide a caring, considerate and respectful environment, compassionate to all.


To be reliable, smart, accurate and appealing in every way.


The care and safety of everyone will be paramount around everything we do.


To brighten up the day, by always incorporating laughter, cheerfulness, enthusiasm and positivity.