Our driving instructors undergo extensive training and are key people who are passionate about developing and encouraging participants with necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes so that they can become safe drivers in New Zealand.

Shaila Bhatt

Shaila is a qualified instructor with her own driving school who wants to support our community driving school at the same time. Shaila’s experiences as a former migrant encouraged her to get educated in driving as a way to help the community and get involved in PCDS. As a former staff member at Migrant Action Trust, Shaila understands the need to address cultural and language barriers for some migrants who are learning how to drive.

Joey Villa-Ignacio

As a former testing officer, Joey is a huge asset to our team especially for those who wish to sit mock test before their restricted or full license tests. Joey has trained around 20 volunteer driver mentors to support learner drivers.

Susan Matencio

Susan was motivated to be a qualified driving instructor to help new migrants and former refugees. “I saw a lot of mothers with their children walking during winter and I know how hard it is. It’s also difficult for them to find a job if they cannot drive. Learners whom I trained gave me so much pride and joy. The happiness of being hugged by teary-eyed learners after passing their test is priceless.” 

Peter Zong

Peter has been helping family and friends to learn to drive for over 25 years now. He became a qualified instructor a few years ago then joined PCDS team since 2018. Peter is available to conduct driving lessons and mock tests for learner drivers in West / Central Auckland as well as in North Shore where he has supported a good number of student drivers in Glenfield, Albany, Silverdale test areas.