South Auckland Mad Butcher owner dies suddenly after business goes into liquidation | Stuff.co.nz

A young butcher has died suddenly, less than a week after his shop went into liquidation.

Roy Green, 38, and his wife Amanda had owned Pukekohe Mad Butcher, in south Auckland, for five years.

Green was well-known in the Franklin community and supported various sporting and charitable organisations.

He and his staff had featured in several Stuff stories, most recently for their support in donating meat for the Franklin County News Smiles for Christmas appeal.

The company was placed into liquidation on Tuesday and Victoria Toon of Corporate Restructuring Ltd was appointed liquidator.

Toon is seeking claims from creditors until June 3.

Mad Butcher Pukekohe is one of a string of Mad Butcher stores that have been liquidated over the past year.

It is not yet known if the store closed due to the impacts of Covid-19 or a separate matter.

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About six weeks ago, Pukekohe Mad Butcher owner Roy Green took to Facebook to thank locals for their support, and urged them to stay safe.

In November, Mad Butcher Northcote on Auckland’s North Shore closed its door for good when its franchise agreement with Mad Butcher Holdings ended and was not extended.

It followed the closure of Mad Butcher stores in Glen Innes and Albany earlier last year after the companies running them were placed into liquidation.

In a video with TVNZ during alert level 4, Green said many stores like his were struggling.

“We’re just struggling big time, we need to sell meat to actually make any money,” Green said.

“And at the moment we’re not selling meat, so we’re not making any money.

“The money I do have in the bank is all going to outgoings at the moment, it’s just a tough struggle.

The shop had been turning over $92,000 per week prior to the lockdown but was making no money in level 4, TVNZ reported.

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Mad Butcher store numbers have dramatically decreased over the past few years (file pic).

“The stress at the moment we’re under trying to pay everyone is ridiculous.

“I’ve spent nights awake in bed.

“Some nights I’ve sat there crying, wondering what I’m going to do next. It’s just not fair.”

On April 25, a post to the Mad Butcher Pukekohe Facebook page said the shop would not be opening in alert level 3.

The Mad Butcher opened on the first day of the lockdown, saying it met the definition of an essential business, but they were eventually told to shut.

Mad Butcher store numbers have dramatically decreased over the past few years. There have been more than 20 outlet liquidations, of which six franchisees have been liquidated since 2017. The numbers do not include stores that have closed at the end of franchise agreements.

In a statement, police said they were called to reports of a sudden death at a Tuakau property just after 10pm on Sunday.

“Police are not treating the death as suspicious and it will be referred to the coroner,” a police spokeswoman said. 

Tributes to Green have been posted on social media, with his local club Tuakau Rugby League saying he was a huge part of their community.

Green coached his son’s under 6 team and was a “committee member that went above and beyond to support our club” the post read

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‘No FUR-loughs’: BBC commentator stages hilarious Zoom ‘business meeting’ with his two dogs  | Daily Mail Online

‘No FUR-loughs’: BBC commentator stages hilarious Zoom ‘business meeting’ with his two dogs

A BBC Sport commentator and his two labradors have entertained fans on Twitter with a hilarious video of a team meeting on Zoom.

Andrew Cotter, 46, who lives in Cheshire, posted a video last month of his dogs Olive and Mabel competing in an eating race and a tug-of-war over a toy.

Now the trio have returned in another video where they are holding a company meeting.

When posting the video Andrew commented: ‘Still having the company meetings online.’ 

Andrew Cotter, 46, and his labradors Olive and Mabel have returned in anther hilarious video. This time the trio are holding a business meeting

At first both labradors seem to struggle with the technology as Andrew walks them through turning on their cameras.

He says: ‘Mabel you are connected but you need to start your video. Down at the bottom of the screen there’s a little camera, looks like a biscuit, if you just nudge it with your nose.’ 

Andrew tells his dogs that they won’t be furloughed and that the dogs are expected to show the same loyalty to him. 

It doesn’t take long for Mabel to start staring into the distance prompting Andrew to pick her up on her lack of focus.

‘This is one of the things that we have to address,’ he says, ‘the lack of focus at times because well there’s the inappropriate stuff with Kevin the Doberman from accounts as well but one thing at a time.’

Part way through the performance reviews Mabel is is told to turn her camera off if she needs to scratch so the rest of them don’t have to see it

She reappears after scratching with a green squeaky toy in her mouth, much to the annoyance of Andrew who says he has to mute her to continue talking with Olive

He then delivers the annual report: ‘You’ve pretty much ruined the sofas. 913 squirrels chased, none caught, so not a good return.’

The report seems to bore Mabel though who turns away and begins scratching herself.

Andrew tells her to switch her camera off if she needs to scratch so that the rest of them don’t have to see it. 

Mabel returns to the video after having retrieved a squeaky toy.

Olive receives a message from head office telling her ‘you’re a good dog, yes you are. Who’s a good dog? You’re a good dog.’

Towards the end of the video Mabel leaves the call and Andrew considers firing her but doesn’t because ‘she gets such good results’.

Olive is allowed to sign off from the meeting after being told she is a ‘good dog’ but Mabel (pictured) is told to start addressing some of her shortcomings

Replying to the video on Twitter, one person said: ‘Andrew, you’re brightening up my life and it was already pretty good anyway! Keep em coming!’

Another, Eloise Baily said: ‘Andrew, Olive and Mabel…and you a bit…have easily been the best thing to come out of lockdown. Genuinely, thank you.’

While Graham Love commented: ‘You just raised the game .’

In April, Mabel and Olive shot to internet fame after Andrew Cotter posted a video of him commentating as the dogs competed in an eating race and a play fight over a toy.

Describing the eating match in the earlier video Andrew says: ‘Mabel heavy tail use, happy to be alive, everything is amazing. Olive more steady, wasting little energy, very much of the old Labrador school of serious business.

‘Olive, focused, relentless, tasting absolutely nothing… Nothing left but the bowl to lick now.

‘Great rivals but great friends. You see the swapping of bowls there at the end.’

Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds even retweeted the clip with laughing emojis.

‘No FUR-loughs’: BBC commentator stages hilarious Zoom ‘business meeting’ with his two dogs 

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