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Thomson Butchery was established 16 years ago by Neville and Lynley Thomson following the cessation of native forestry logging in New Zealand. 

“When looking for employment in and around Hari Hari – there was nothing available,” Neville says.

Now Neville and Lynley are creating employment themselves with their award-winning butchery.

Initially starting as a small home-kill service, Thomson Butchery quickly grew into a significant business. Following requests to supply Fresh Choice, SuperValue and New World supermarkets across the South Island, Thomson’s contacted DWC to assist with finance to extend the existing building and employ additional staff to meet the increase in production.

“Having support from DWC has allowed us to grow our business and create new jobs in the area,” Neville says.

Being a fourth-generation butcher, Neville takes pride in the traditional methods of processing that have been passed down through the generations.

Neville and Lynley’s hard work and passion were evident when Thomson Butchery took part in the 2018 New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards in Auckland. They were the proud recipients of gold awards for both their manuka smoked honey dew collar bacon and middle bacon.

This adds to their growing trophy cabinet. In 2017 they took home gold for their collar bacon and in 2016 they received silver for their streaky bacon and bronze for their dry cured bacon with cloves.

Despite the growing accolades and ever-increasing customers across New Zealand, Neville and Lynley choose to keep their business on the West Coast.

“Why live anywhere else? We have a million-dollar lifestyle here in Hari Hari and can still do business with the rest of the country. We have freight companies coming to our door, and courier companies who can send anywhere in New Zealand in 24 hours,” Neville says.

Try some of Thomson Butchery’s award-winning bacon from a local supermarket or order online at