The family of shearing identity, Koropiko Tumatahi Mullins has shared an emotional message, thanking New Zealanders for their support.
The 65-year-old Dannevirke shearer, farmer and businessman died suddenly on Monday.
He was the husband of well known rural business leader Mavis Mullins, who he ran the family shearing business Paewai Mullins with for many years.
More recently he became known for his shearing commentating, heading up a team each year at the Golden Shears competition.
Daughter Aria Mullins posted a message on Facebook, paying tribute to her father, and thanking those who had sent messages of support.
"Our rock. Our taonga, the voice of shearing," she said.
"We want to thank everyone for the overwhelming flow of love and support."
"We have read every single message, it has helped ease some of the burden we have inherited from this tragic incident."
"Our beloved father will lay at Mākirikiri Marae from late Wednesday afternoon."
The final service for Koropiko Tumatahi Mullins will be at the Dannevirke Town Hall on Friday, starting at 11am.
Mullins is survived by his wife Mavis, daughters Aria and Korina, and sons Punga and Tuma, and whānau.