Generous Waikato businessman gives bikes to school kids

School kids at a decile one school in Waikato have been given free bikes from a kind businessman just in time for Christmas.

Sid Patel gave bikes to every child in years one to seven at Kāwhia Primary School, and year eight students were given smartphones for when they travel out of town for college.

A video shows the school's bicycle racks filled with shiny new bikes, to the delight of parents and children.

Mr Patel owns superettes in Huntly and Putaruru and owns the Kāwhia Motel.

He's well-known in the community for his generosity, and has previously donated computers, tablets, and stationery to the school as well as providing free bread and fruit for kids at the superette.

Mr Patel cannot read or write, and works hard to help children to get a better education than he did.

He will be covering the costs of stationery at Kāwhia Primary School for 2018.

"When it comes to kids, it doesn't take me a second to take out the money," he told Stuff.

"Kāwhia school in a not very healthy position - it needed a hand badly."