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 75 franchises successfully operating in New Zealand.
Simultaneously to this, they incorporated DMD International and in 2014 they launched Driving Miss Daisy UK with Driving Miss Daisy Australia starting soon.