Pukeuri meatworks centenary

18:25, Mar 05 2014
OFFICIALLY OPENED: Pukeuri plant manager Geoff Proctor opens the new centenary gates at the plant.

The centenary of the official opening date of the Pukeuri meatworks in Oamaru has been celebrated with the opening of the centenary gates and a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the site.

Plant manager Geoff Proctor opened the gates yesterday, witnessed by representatives from all sections of the plant, former staff members and others associated with Pukeuri.

"Since it began 100 years ago, Pukeuri has processed more than 90 million sheep and lambs, 1.1 million beef cattle, bobby calves, pigs and some goats," he said.

"The strength of the plant lies with its people, and it is important representatives from all parts of the plant are on hand today to celebrate 100 years."

Snapshots of the history of the plant are also on display for the next six months at the North Otago Museum as part of the celebrations.

The exhibition has been curated by Chloe Searle and includes a variety of photographs, equipment used in the plant, a timeline of its history and some of the products associated with the site.


The exhibition has attracted a steady stream of people since it opened last week, with many recalling their own memories of being part of "The Works".

The history of the company has not been without its highs and lows. After several name changes and owners, it became part of the Alliance Group in 1990.

The celebrations began last Friday with a meet-and-greet of past and present employees and was followed with an invitation-only dinner and book launch on Saturday night.

The celebrations will wrap up with Sunday's golf match at the Lower Waitaki Golf Club.

The Timaru Herald