Our Story

A number of years ago, Driving Miss Daisy NZ founder 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.

Alan and Stan met Melanie and Jack in early 2014. They assisted the Harpers to formulate and develop Driving Miss Daisy International Ltd. That same year they all travelled to the UK where they worked to create and launch Driving Miss Daisy UK.

Having built a flourishing brand in New Zealand and fast on the way to becoming an icon in the UK, Driving Miss Daisy International Ltd has now granted the Country Master License for Australia to Driving Miss Daisy Franchising Australia Pty Ltd which is directed and managed by Alan Branch and Stan Zets.

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.