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Dickie and Linda’s homemade pies became
world famous in Te Kuiti so much so that many
would visit the shop early in the morning to make
sure they got one.
“Closing the doors in 2005 was an extremely
hard decision to make for both of them, but it
was due to health reasons with Dad,” says Mike.
Married since 1961, Dickie and Linda (nee
Waller) enjoyed their twilight years together
driving around town in their red Holden Barina
checking out the new construction sites, remi-
niscing about days past and travelling out to the
Mangaokewa Reserve to see how many campers
were in for the evening.
Aside from family and work, another of Dick-
ie’s passions was his love of vehicles.
In his younger days, when the King Country
was a dry area (no alcohol), Dickie took it upon
himself to run sly grog into town. Taking the seat
out of the back of his Morris he would load up
in Kihikihi and take his chances avoiding police
The story goes that local constable George
Cleave would climb a neighbour’s tree with bin-
oculars to monitor his movements, but by the
time he spied him and climbed down, Dickie
was well and truly gone.
Drawn to all makes and models, Dickie
changed his cars on a whim becoming a regular at
local dealerships such as Ted Rogers Motors, Ford
Motors and Wright Stephenson – among others.
And the list of the King family’s vehicles was
long including Austin, Morris, Holden, Ford,
Chrysler, Mercedes, and Mitsubishi as well as
minivans, campervans, caravans and even go
“There used to be a kart track at the entrance of
Te Kuiti Aerodrome, which was well patronised
most Sunday mornings during summer,” says
“These karts were all home built and rolled out
on wheelbarrow wheels.
“Along with the likes of Keat Stuart, Keith Bry-
an and Des Hose they would also race on a test
track on the corner of Anzac St and William St.”
Highlighting his love for motorsport Amanda
says Saturday nights were mostly spent at the
Waikato Speedway and stock car track at Forest
“We always had a big feed of KFC before going
to the stock cars,” she says.
Mike says his father’s love for vehicles ran deep.
“Dad had a passion for trucks, campers, speed-
way, swap meets and cars – always keeping Mum
up with the latest models,” he says.
A busy man, Dickie also loved gardening and
trips to the beach at Raglan and Mt Maunganui.
But most of all he loved his family.
“ The only time we had together as a family
unit was over the Christmas statutory breaks,”
“But he was always leaving a day before they
ended to load up the truck for business the next
Darren also remembers the family holidays
“Holidays with Dad were always good, but
Real charmer leaves mark
never long enough,” he says.
“We would have the Christmas stats, four days
away at the beach, then travel home for three days
then back to the beach for New Year’s to celebrate
“It was a highlight of everyone’s Christmas-
New Year break.
“And no matter what else happened – everyone
was required to be there for breakfast on Christ-
mas morning – even if you brought someone
with you they were never turned away. The door
was never closed.”
LEFT A MARK
Dickie died on January 18 at Te Kuiti Hospital
aged 84 but his irresistible charm certainly left a
mark on those he met.
This was highlighted by the numerous close
friends and family who attended his funeral
service at St Luke’s Church in Te Kuiti and then
proceeded to celebrate his life, long into the night.
Darren says: “He didn’t quite make his 85th
birthday, but in saying that, 70 of those years he
shared with Mum and us. And it’s those memo-
ries that we’ll cherish.
“I will always remember him as a man I looked
up to because I followed in his footsteps as a
butcher just like he did with his father. He meant
everything to us – he was our mentor.”
Dickie is survived by Linda, their children An-
drew, Richard, Gary, Darren, Mike and Amanda,
20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dickie and Linda King were married in 1961 and together had six children – Andrew, Richard,
Gary, Darren, Mike and Amanda.
Three generations of King men – Arthur King (centre) with his son Richard ‘Dickie’ King and
Dickie with his wife Linda and daughter Amanda.
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