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Who We Are

"The firm built on service" - Graham Dickey, Founder

  • We're a hand's on, hard-working, family run business with a wealth of industry knowledge handed down from our founder, Graham Dickey. His motto for the company was "the firm built on service". This stands true today, after more than 60 years in operation. Through Graham's service to the community, we've become one of the most versatile transport operations around

  • From our responsive logistics team to our highly skilled drivers, & our dedicated fleet management staff – all have a “can do” attitude, backed by years of experience delivering on time, every time - where, & how it’s needed

  • Our modern, well-maintained fleet of 70 trucks & 30 trailer units include; curtainsiders, tippers & trailers, hiab's, flat decks, as well as bulk fertiliser spreaders, bulk water tankers, livestock transport, & a chiller unit

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  • Honesty, integrity & service excellence are the cornerstone of who we are.

 
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Our History

Dedication. Determination. Enterprise

Back in 1958, Graham Dickey was a young man working at the local service station who saw the potential in haulage. That opportunity came along by way of an offer from Jack Knight to purchase a 50% share in his truck...& so Graham’s journey began.

1962: Jack & Graham purchased WJ Short Cartage Contractors, & established Knight & Dickey Limited

1981: They purchased a 10-acre property on Collingwood Road, Waiuku for the company depot & workshop, which still features the former Waiuku Dairy Factory opened in March 1915


1983: Graham bought out Jack’s interest in the company, to become the sole owner & managing director. After 25 years servicing farmers, growers & businesses in the area, Graham considered it good sense to continue with the Knight & Dickey name


The company now catered for a broad range of transport services such as hauling livestock, bulk aggregates, fertiliser carrying & spreading, plus delivering bulk drinking water, general freight & speciality products daily around Auckland, Pukekohe, Tuakau and Waiuku. (At one stage Knight & Dickey ran ready-mix concrete trucks & a waste products removal contract with the nearby Glenbrook Steel Mill.)


2019: Knight & Dickey operated a fleet of 110 registered vehicles including 70 truck & trailer combinations, regularly serviced by 3 maintenance staff in their on-site workshop. They had also invested in a purpose-built facility at the depot to store steel coil for the Glenbrook Steel Mill.


Graham was hands-on servicing the needs of a loyal customer base he built up over the years through hard work & dedication by him & his team. The community needed a range of things moved, & Graham bought on the trucks & equipment to do it. When he retired at 82 years young, Graham handed over the business to his son John.


Since then, John has worked to streamline & strengthen the company by upgrading the fleet, technology, & business processes. He also extended his family’s involvement by bringing on his son Karl to manage bulk despatch, & wife Denise works part-time in administration. Operations Management is handled by Mark Ball – who brings a wealth of organisational experience as previous Franklin Mayor, & from his many years in the New Zealand Police.

 

Our Community

Service. Support. Gratitude

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Sponsorship & Support

From our beginning, helping the local community has been important to us. We sponsor schools & their Calf Clubs, the local Lions Club, Waiuku rugby, softball & netball clubs, Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust & the Waiuku Business Association.

We also lend our trucks to be used as floats for local Christmas parades, & stages for musical groups as well as the annual Steel & Wheels event.

Vintage Vehicle Museum

Wanting to share his passion for the transport industry, Graham Dickey established a museum in the Waiuku town centre to house his extensive collection of vintage tractors, trucks, motorcycles, & other machinery – many of which have been restored or are in the restoration process.

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