About Harris Meats
Harris Meats is a fully licensed abattoir and meat processing business owned by brothers Bryan and Nick Harris (pictured left). Bryan, until August 2016, has been Managing Director responsible for the day to day running of the Harris Meats operations, believing that there are no jobs he asks staff to do that he can't or won't do himself. You will still frequently find him filling in on the floor when there are staff shortages. Nick Tobin is now the General Manager, after working for seven years as Operations Manager.
The business was originally established by Clare and the late Dennis Harris in 1956. The first shop was your typical "corner butchers" in Seddon Street, Cheviot, with the Harris Family living right next door to the shop. Dennis used to be able to pop home for lunch, and if any customers came in then, they would ring the bell and Dennis would whip back to the shop to look after them.
The Harris Family has a long tradition of being butchers - five generations. Clare's great-grandfather, John, was a butcher as was her grandfather, Jeremiah and also her father, Billy Harnett. Two of Clare and Dennis' sons, Bryan and Nick, followed in the family tradition, with Nick also adding a commercial degree to his butchery qualifications.
Bryan & Nick's brother, Richard also works in the business on an "as required" basis, as well as providing catering for private clients. He's an excellent chef and if you have a catering job, he could be your man! You can contact him via Harris Meats. He became widely known from his pursuits as a contestant in the 2015 Master Chef competition, earning the nickname "The Gentleman Butcher." Anne, Nick and Bryan's sister, is also involved in the meat industry, in the accounting area and works for one of our clients. Bryan's wife, Jane, helps in the business with the marketing and HR. Bryan's son Willy now works at Harris Meats in a sales capacity. Bryan's daughter Alice has also worked at Harris Meats in the office during her university holidays. The photo to the left is of a Harris Meats Board meeting, showing Bryan, Nick Tobin, Neil Anderson (Accountant), Nick Harris and Richard Harris.
Harris Meats employs approximately 45 staff, mainly at its factory in Hurunui Mouth Road, Domett.
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