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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