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Invercargill Office

We started working out of our house at the kitchen table. People still refer to that time, saying it was great. Today though, we are complimented on our facility that we built and have added to. When we built our first building we thought, we would do it on the larger side, so if we grew it will still work for us. We have since added another building (2009) of the same size, and also a storage facility.

We offer a quiet, laid back environment, with homely surroundings – gardens and animals. We supply tea, coffee etc, biscuits and chilled water. Bring your lunch, we have a microwave for heating.

We have built up our services to provide all equipment for Wheels, Tracks and RollersClass 2 Truck, Class 4 TruckClass 5 Truck and TrailerForkliftMotorbike and dual-controlled manual & auto Drivetech car.

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Mosgiel Branch

We had been travelling to Balclutha and running classes weekly. When the Driver Licensing rules changed to a two day mandatory training, we had to look at whether we were catering for all our clients in the best way. A large amount of our Balclutha clients were from the Dunedin area.

We chose to open a branch in Mosgiel to cater for these clients, but remained having classes in Balclutha.

Why Mosgiel?

Mosgiel is quieter and more laid back than Dunedin but is still handy to all suburbs in the Dunedin area. Our Mosgiel depot has a room for larger groups, a smaller room plus a kitchen and a large covered shed which can be used for whatever, but at present is used for Forklift Training, which is excellent.

We have available at present a Forklift, with a covered area (so it doesn’t matter what the day is like), a Class 2 Truck, Class 4 Truck & Class 5 Trailer.

Wheels, Tracks and Rollers Machines are also available for use with prior arrangement.

We supply tea, coffee etc, biscuits, and chilled water. Bring your lunch, we have a microwave for heating.

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Cromwell Branch

We selected Cromwell for a site because it is in the middle of all the major Central Otago larger towns. I.e. Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra. 

Christchurch Branch

The Christchurch site was selected because we managed to find a suitable venue and a very experienced and obliging assessor (Joey) that lives there.

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Experience in the industry

Operators @ Drivetech Ltd

Brian Frew

Brian has had 45 years working in the Transport and Heavy Machinery Industries and has also been involved in the Farming Industry. He started as a boy in these industries and worked his way through to being an employer and trainer. He has had three stints at Fulton Hogan over a 27 year period and has been involved with intensive farming including owning his own Romney Studs between these stints. He has many skills as a trainer and has seen too many disasters, so he prides himself on training and preventative training.

Jackie Scott-Frew (Operations Manager)

Jackie’s Industry experience comes from driving buses and she is very passionate about logbooks as well. Jackie has completed a National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy, has her Certificate in Adult Education and training and is working towards her Diploma. 


Invercargill Assessor

Neil McKenzie

Neil McKenzie is our Assessor based in Invercargill, and whenever needed, elsewhere. Neil has over 30 years experience in the Road Transport industry, 17 years driving logging trucks. The other years spent in the industry included most other transport work except tankers. During these years Neil competed in local Truck driving competitions in Invercargill and competed in the Nationals finals four times, winning Rigid Truck section one year and runner up in Artic another year.

Neil offers CBTA Training and tests for Restricted & Full motobike tests.


Mosgiel Assessor

Alistair Newall

Alistair Newall lives in Mosgiel and is our Otago Assessor. Alistair has had many years experience operating machinery and trucks. He is a Volunteer for the Mosgiel Fire Brigade and a qualified emergency response driver. Alistair comes highly recommended and brings with him a wealth of experience that he cant wait to share with his students.

Cromwell Assessor

Luke Spriggs

Mike Faithful

Mike has worked in a variety of different rolls within the transport industry and driven most vehicles from tractors on farms to interstate linehaul trucks in Australia. He has a broad view to assessment and training having worked in the industry in UK, Australia as well as here in New Zealand. The thing he holds the most regard for is people walking out of a training room knowing they have learnt something they did not previously know – They enjoyed the experience - and they will be able to use that knowledge in the future.  He has operated Trucks, Forklifts, Heavy Machinery, all his working life – Been involved in Agriculture, general transport, Dedicated contract transport, refrigerated transport, Dangerous Goods – Fuel Haulage and compressed and liquefied gasses. Overland passenger transport. Large and small 4 WD vehicles and Hiab.  The last 15 years have been centred on Assessment and Training as well as keeping up his driving skills and technical knowledge in a variety of transport industries.


Christchurch Assessor

Joseph McIsaac

Joey has recently joined our team operating our Christchurch Branch.  He has nearly 20 years in the transport industry and comes to us loaded with knowledge and experience. As well as having a passion for anything driving related, in his spare time he is an active member in the Hotrodding community in and around Christchurch, loves spending time with his family and he is also a DJ in various clubs and pubs in the area.  Feel free to give him a call or pop in and have a chat next time your looking at doing some training, the jug is always on and he is always happy to help.

Senior Manager / Senior Driving Instructor

Gemma Hall (Scott)

Gemma Hall is our Senior Manager, Instructor/Assessor and Daughter. She also does Car Driving Lessons in the Southland region. Gemma is an assessor for Logbooks, Class 2 Licences and Defensive Driving (Street Talk Programme).

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Dressage Southland

Dear Drivetech,
I would like to extend a big thank you for being active supporters of Dressage in Southland. Without such financial sponsorship we would be struggling to produce the level of competition that we have been enjoying for the past seasons. I was chuffed to have placed with Sooty in classes that were sponsored by your business.

It is very much appreciated.

Kind Regards
Gillian Edlar

Dear Jackie & Brian,
At a recent dressage competition in Gore organised by Dressage Southland I won some of the prize money which was sponsored by you and your company. We competitors are very grateful for the help you give to our group and if possible I will recommend you services so that you might get something back for your generosity.

Yours faithfully;
Bev Cason

Dear Brian & Jackie,
I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Drivetech Ltd for their support and sponsorship of Dressage Southland and the tournament they ran last weekend. I Completed at Gore in the Level 5 Classes and was placed in each class I did. I was very happy with how our campaign went over the weekend.

Without the support of sponsors these competitions would not come to fruition. Both organisers and competitors greatly appreciated your generosity with sponsorship.

Yours sincerely
Wendy Butler & Millstream Magic

Dear Sir/Madam
I am writing to thank your business for kindly sponsoring classes at our Dressage Southland Tournament once again. My daughter who is new to the sport asked the question about how the group paid for the tournament. I explained that without our very loyal sponsors, we would be out selling raffles all the times, instead of riding our horses. She was most impressed by your generosity.

We are very appreciative of your continued support and hope you in turn get supported by members of our group.

Kind Regards
Lesley McGrath

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We also donate to:

  • Blue Ribbon Trust
  • Child Cancer Foundation
  • The Heart Foundation
  • The Neurological Foundation
  • Stroke Foundation
  • The Diabetic Society
  • Haemophilia Foundation
  • Blind Foundation
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • The Rotary Club of Invercargill (Circus Quirkus)
  • Riding for the Disabled. (Dunedin)
  • Autism
  • Kids Foundation
  • Angels for Children Charitable Trust
  • Immune Deficiencies Foundation of NZ
  • 900 Degrees NZ 2008 Ltd (Child Safety handbook and Child Cancer Foundation)
  • Heart Kids Day Out
  • Southland Disability
  • Kidney Kids
  • Kids Big Day Out
  • Kids Day Out Event
  • Going Bananas
  • Radio Lollipop
  • Autism NZ
  • Koru Care Charitable Trust
  • Brain Injured Children
  • Burns Foundation
  • Fostering Kids
  • NZ Downs Syndrome Assn
  • Make a Wish
  • Starship Foundation
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Rotary Club of Invercargill

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