John Brett

John is a professional engineer with 50 years experience.

John has designed and built many cars, trucks, and vehicle assembly facilities.

John has worked on design of roads, bridges, cranes, transmission towers, and buildings, and operation, maintenance and upgrade of hydro and gas turbine power stations.

John was a LVV Certifier for 13 years. John has long been a whistle-blower, expressing the view that the LVV system is dangerously deficient. John’s authority was revoked in December 2012.

John rides a 1992 Yamaha FJ1200ABS, and is also a keen road and off road cyclist.


“The LVVTA has brought it to my attention that statements I have made in relation to it and its employees may have been perceived as defamatory.

I sincerely regret that and apologise for any harm caused. I have taken down the statements identified by the LVVTA of concern to it.

I have strong views about the low volume vehicle certification process and intend in the future to direct my energies into the public inquiry now being held in relation to it.”

John Brett 7th October 2015


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Vehicle Design Consultancy Launched!

When you have been doing something you enjoy for years- something which is in constant demand- perhaps it is time to call it a business and give it a name!
John Brett has been designing vehicles from WAAY back- starting in the Ministry of Works at Benmore, designing all manner of ambitious and way out vehicles, but under the supervision of some of the best Mechanical Engineers in the country. How about a Penstock transporter, or a Hot-rodded bren-gun carrier for the televiewers association to get to their TV translater!

His career took him to Certified Concrete, where he designed some revolutionary (joke) concrete mixer trucks, which were used all over NZ, including a twin-steer model that discharged over the top of the cab!
His interest in cars led him to Todd Motors in Petone, where he was Tooling and Equipment Engineer, for 5 years, basically designing complete assembly facilities, including paint, body, mechanical assembly, also Tooling and pre-production of such exciting new models as Hillman Avenger, Valiant Charger.

Fords made a better offer, and John spent 5 years as Process Engineer, on things like Falcon, Cortina, Escort, Transit and D-series trucks

John then joined the NZED/Electricorp, initially designing big transmission lines (Pylons etc), before getting into Gas Turbine Power Stations. John was involved with Stratford, Whirinaki and Otahuhu Power Stations, but did work on other Thermal stations as required. John started NZ Manufacture of Turbine parts, worth millions per year, including completer Curtiss Wright Turbine Stator casings

John has been operated as a VSRCE from 1997 to 1999 doing Entry Certification. He has been a Low Volume Vehicle Certifier since 1999, and Certified around 4500 vehicles, and built a large and loyal customer base.

John is now offering a Vehicle Design Consultancy, separate to the LVV Certification.
More details on this page.

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