Richard Norriss


Teaching Areas: Christchurch North West
Vehicle: Auto 2023 Suzuki Swift GL

Manual lessons can be taken in students car
Personal pronouns: He/Him


Hi, my name is Richard.

After many years in hospitality management, I developed a passion for working with and coaching people of all ages and abilities to do their best in all situations. I was inspired to take the leap to become an instructor after a much respected older family member became an instructor in his later years which gave him a great deal of satisfaction. 

In joining the AA Driving School, I wanted to share my skills in maintaining and improving safe driving habits on the roadways of NZ which we all share and enjoy. I enjoy coaching students prior to their restricted and full licence tests, and delivering constructive feedback which enables them to pass.

I’ve named my car Neddy, in honour of my late mother in law, Nedra Johnson, QSM. Neddy was a longtime Suzuki Swift driver, educationalist, strong advocate of women’s rights, supporter of the arts and numerous good causes and one of the nicest people you could ever meet. When she passed away in 2022 she bequeathed her Swift to Women’s Refuge. 

You will find that I am patient; calm and give clear instructions in my lessons – I want to build your confidence in your driving skills so that you can gain some independence through driving. 

I look forward to helping you in your learning to drive journey.





Reviews 5 Star Rating


Richard is a 5 stars driving instructor. He is patience and good sense of humor. I had 6 lessons with him in Christchurch, and with his well explained, clear instructions and demonstration, I felt much more confidence from a 0 driving skills to much more confidence to aim for my next driving test.


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