The Harris Story

From humble beginnings

The Harris Meats’ story is unique in New Zealand. It all began in 1956 when Clare Harris suggested to her husband Dennis that they start a butchers shop in Cheviot for servicing the local community. With over 60 years of dedication to provide the best quality meats, Harris Meats Butchery became an iconic country butcher not only for locals but also for many other customers stopping on their way through.

Old Staff Photo
Two Brothers

Following in the family footsteps, two brothers, Bryan and Nick Harris, joined the business as butchers. The Harris brothers shared a vision for Harris Meats to become a totally integrated meat production company that controlled the entire production process. This move saw the company to expand into the South Island wholesale market whilst ensuring quality standards that the business had been built on were maintained.

Harris Meats developed a reputation for consistently supplying Prime Quality Meats. From tender steaks and chops to gourmet sausages and bacon, Harris Meats became a name that could always be bought with confidence.

Business Awards

Harris Meats supplies; Butchers, Supermarkets, Restaurants, Cafes, Hotels and Accommodation Businesses throughout the South Island.


From pasture to plate, your family can now find Harris Meats from your local Four Square grocery outlet. Under our new brand label you will be able to select from a full range of fresh, Prime Quality Meats and Small Goods.

A Family Brand

Today, Harris Meats’ production plant is surrounded by a 1000 hectare sheep and beef farm that runs from the foothills of Cheviot to the Hurunui River in North Canterbury. Employing the best practices of NZ farming and animal welfare, Harris Meats produces an unrivalled standard of quality meats that its customers can trust.

Employing over 40 people, Harris Meats is one of the largest employers in the Hurunui community. The company has a proud history and reputation of developing and training young butchers.

The Harris family is proud of their business, their team and their products. We hope your family enjoy the results of our family’s passion and dedication for producing prime quality meat - after all, it’s what we do best.

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