Meet Our


Our Team consists of a bunch of very talented people who each bring their own set of skills to our businesses.

We have Bob & Rupert on the farm with Duncan caring and selecting the best beef and lamb that will go to the butchery each week.

Helen in the shop has been with us since February 2018 and is an expert in running the front of the house, along with Viv, Lynne, Shannon, Emma & Tabatha. Jan runs our Waipawa Butchery Kitchen making our Ready Meals and keeping an eye on Annabel who runs all the day-to-day operations for the Butchery.

Our expert butchers Rhys, Hawaiki, Craig and Mike can be seen daily breaking down full carcass beef, lamb, pork and chickens.  All the trim from these animals goes into our sausages and many small goods. We are lucky to have a few fabulous after-school helpers Rory and Kaito and not to forget Susan in the Office making sure everyone gets paid!  Together the team all have a hand in preparing and sorting our online orders which are sent daily around New Zealand.  We are a family-run business who are proud of their staff and proud to be delivering quality fresh meat to the people.

Waipawa Butchery

Duncan Smith & Annabel Tapley-Smith

Duncan Smith is the Patangata Station owner/farmer and the owner of the Waipawa Butchery. He loves farming but also enjoys people, so you will find Duncan behind the Butchery counter two afternoons a week, most probably sampling new products and making suggestions for what meat is best to buy for your optimum enjoyment.

Annabel Tapley-Smith, married to Duncan, is owner of the business and a big part of the inspiration to connect their farming enterprise to an exclusive local retail market. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in marketing, sales, human resources, event management and sponsorship and is the person to contact for all enquires in these areas. Happy staff, happy lamb chops!

Family Connection

Family is important to Duncan and Annabel, they are supported by numerous family and friends who offer encouragement, guidance and positivity for their new ventures.

The Smith’s have been in Central Hawke’s Bay since before WWII and began shopping at the Waipawa shop the year it opened, in 1948.

We are a small production house with only 15 Beef & Lamb boxes available per day. Dismiss