Kōrero: Class

Peter Leitch, the 'Mad Butcher'

Peter Leitch, the 'Mad Butcher'

In June 2010 Sir Peter Leitch was knighted for services to business and philanthropy. Born to working-class parents in Newtown, Wellington, he became a butcher in Māngere East in Auckland where he is shown in 2007. His Mad Butcher chain eventually spread throughout the country with over 35 stores. Leitch became well-known for his promotion of rugby league, his distinctive radio voice and his charity work. His career is a good example of the mythologised classlessness of New Zealand. With working-class origins and interests, he became wealthy and well-known.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Class - Understanding class', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/29708/peter-leitch-the-mad-butcher (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018