Woodlands Butchery

03 231 3481

Open 7 days Mon - Fri: 6am - 6pm Sat - Sun: 8am - 4pm

About Woodlands Butchery

Craig Hamilton grew up with his eye on owning a butchery. Like some of Craig’s staff now, Craig started in butchery as an afterschool job. Craig purchased Woodlands Butchery in 1999 and then expanded into the dairy next door in 2005, and now offers delicious home baked goods and beautiful pies ,made fresh each week, from quality meat at Woodlands.

Craig went on to purchase Isla Bank Butchery, which has a real focus on Homekill, and offers key homekill services to the Invercargill and Southland region. Craig believes they were the first butchery to have a mobile homekill truck in the region.

Woodlands Butchery has a strong focus on supporting the local community, Woodlands process a lot of top quality local meat and employ quality local staff. Woodlands have apprenticeship butchers training from school age, just as Craig did. Craig says, “I was a butcher’s boy after school, and we believe in bringing through some of our staff in the same way.”

Craig Hamilton - Owner and Operator of Woodlands and Isla Bank Butchery

Craig Hamilton - Owner and Operator of Woodlands and Isla Bank Butchery

Craig Hamilton has certainly put in the hard work to have his own butchery business in Southland. He grew up in Woodlands, and went to the local school with the son of then owner, Lloyd Wyeth.
He began his apprenticeship in town and as a young butcher, dreamed of owning his own business one day, and always kept an eye on the Woodlands business.
Craig says of the Woodlands area; “There’s a loyal local community here and Woodlands is a great location on the highway.”
Homekill is a big part of what Woodlands and Isla Bank do, with Craig being the Slaughterman on the Homekill truck.
Craig puts some of his success in business down to having a real focus on service. He lives by the business motto; “Don’t do tomorrow what you did today.”

 

Matt Heenan – Butcher

Matt Heenan – Butcher

Matt started at Woodlands in 2007 as a cleanup boy after school. He completed his apprenticeship through Woodlands and has been a qualified butcher for five years now. Matt enjoys meeting new clients and learning new things through Woodlands. He enjoys the work, and likes the new opportunities that Woodlands presents him.
He finds it rewarding to see the younger trainees come through, and to help with the training of the new apprentices. Matt brings a lot to his role; he’s versatile and has a can-do attitude that has seen him through. He’s also pretty fast – with record timing on the homekill truck. Outside of work Matt enjoys a bit of hunting, motorbiking and golf.

Les Cooper – Butcher

Les Cooper – Butcher

Les started at Woodlands not long after Craig purchased the business in 1999. He brings a wealth of experience to his role, as he’s been a butcher since 1980. He enjoys working at Woodlands as he thinks it’s a pretty good environment. He likes that Craig, as a manager, leads by example.  He considers himself lucky; as he enjoys turning up to work on a Monday.
Les finds it rewarding when he gets to cut up some good quality meat for a client and imagines what it’ll be like cooked up. He likes the varied work that he gets at Woodlands, as no two days are the same. As part of his role as a butcher at Woodlands he’s had the opportunity to butcher a variety of animals including turkeys and alpacas. Outside of work, Les used to be a keen runner, now he rides a bike next to his Hungarian Vizsla; Conrade. He’s also a keen whitebaiter.  

 

Erica Carruthers – Meat packer and Retail

Erica Carruthers – Meat packer and Retail

Erica has been with Woodlands for 13 years. She enjoys working at Woodlands, as the staff are really good people. She says everybody looks after each other and the comradery between staff is great. She enjoys the variety involved in her role, and the positive feedback she gets back from customers when she hands them a good quality meat pack. She finds her role rewarding as she’s made a great bunch of friends through staff and customers at work. Outside of work, Erica enjoys visiting her grandchildren in Australia and walking.

 

Julie Wright - Meat packer and Retail

Julie Wright - Meat packer and Retail

Julie started at Woodlands in 2005. With over 12 years at Woodlands, Julie is a good all-rounder. She enjoys dealing with customers, and the tight knit community that Woodlands is. She enjoys the relaxed, easy going nature of her workplace and fellow staff. Julie has a varied role in her day-to-day; from working in the kitchen to office work; and her ability to multitask and her can-do attitude see her through. She finds it rewarding to keep in contact with everyone in the area as customers come into the shop. She’s a Woodlands local and enjoys country living. If you like the Woodland’s Lasagna, you have Julie to thank.

 

Debby Nicol – Cook/ Kitchen

Debby Nicol – Cook/ Kitchen

Debby has been at Woodlands for over eight years. As the inhouse pastry cook, Debby brings a wealth of experience to her role as she’s been working as a pastry cook for at least 25 years. Debby is responsible for all the tasty goods at Woodlands, from sandwiches, to sausage rolls, pies, and most of the hot lunches. Debby puts a lot of her success in the kitchen down to being clean and tidy, punctual, and doing a good amount of prep. A Woodlands local, outside of work, Debby enjoys spending time in the garden and with her five grandchildren.

 

Logan Macdonald – Apprentice Butcher

Logan Macdonald – Apprentice Butcher

Logan has been with Woodlands for three years and is an apprentice butcher. His easy-going nature and sensible, hardworking attitude have meant he fits in well with the Woodlands team. Logan enjoys producing good quality meat products for his customers, who as a local, he knows a lot of them. He enjoys making sausages, and has a genuine passion for his job.
Outside of work, Logan is often out helping on the farm. Logan enjoys duck shooting and motorbike riding and rugby.

 

Albie-joe Small – Apprentice Butcher

Albie-joe Small – Apprentice Butcher

Albie-joe has been with Woodlands Butchery for four years, since he was 13. Starting as an afterschool and weekend job, Albie-joe is now in his apprenticeship. Albie-joe shows real drive to be a butcher, he has a genuine passion for his job, and is incredibly hard working. His youthful exuberance is an asset to the Woodlands team. He finds the guidance and mentorship he gets from the other staff at Woodlands incredibly helpful. Outside of work, Albie-joe competes in middle and long-distance running. Albie-joe is a keen car enthusiast and loves his classic 1982 Datsun Sunny Car.

 

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