Dad and daugh­ter team take on meaty ven­ture

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Renee Hed­ley is not your typ­i­cal butcher – first of all she is a fe­male.

But the young, pretty blonde has no qualms putting on an apron and get­ting her hands dirty with bloody cuts of meat.

It is any­one’s in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to the 23-year-old.

Renee has cer­tainly adopted it as her own, hav­ing com­pleted a three­year ap­pren­tice­ship by the time she was 19.

The tal­ented butcher is now run­ning Pu­taruru’s Moos Baas and Oinks along­side her fa­ther, Ed, who pur­chased the fa­mous lit­tle store three weeks ago.

Renee said the only way her par­ents would let her leave home was if she got an ap­pren­tice­ship.

‘‘I wanted to prove a point – a girl can make it in a man’s in­dus­try.’’

Renee was one of only two fe­males to com­plete the 30-stu­dent course.

The fam­ily used to farm at Ati­a­muri and have re­turned to the South Waikato to make a go of the new ven­ture.

Ed, who has been in the in­dus­try for as long as he has owned the busi­ness, said it must be quite amus­ing for cus­tomers who walk through the door to see him be­hind the counter and Renee sharp­en­ing the knives.

‘‘She does ev­ery­thing – she does all the butcher work and I just do a bit of prep work.’’

The pair had never worked to­gether be­fore and they were still try­ing to work out who was in charge, Ed said.

The goal was to ex­pand the busi­ness, he said.

‘‘Then Renee can em­ploy some­one rather than me.’’

Photo: PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Fam­ily team: Ed and Renee Hed­ley are the new faces be­hind the counter of Moos Baas and Oinks.

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