Meat the Team


Doug Jarvis - Owner

Doug was born in Tyldesley, a small town just out of Manchester, England. His father owned a small butcher shop with which he and his 3 brothers worked in. Doug started off scrubbing the Abattoir at about age 12 and butchering just after this until age 24. He then went to University of Salford in Manchester, where he studied Meat Inspection and Microbiology. He was a Meat Inspector to the UK Government before coming to NZ in 2006. After a 12 month stint of being a Meat Inspector locally and not being able to find a good sausage, Doug opened up his own Butchers Shop here in the sunny Bay of Plenty. Doug holds a Certificate of Meat Inspection in both the UK and New Zealand.


Dean Yaxley - Butcher

Dean started Butchering at the age of 16 and has previously worked for Export Meats in Te Puke and Cherrywood Butchery. He comes to us from Westmere Butchery in Auckland after working there for 3 1/2 years and brings 14 years of experience to us. If you're stuck for meal ideas or how to prepare and cook your meat, then Dean is the go-to person.




Claire Balment - Butchers Assistant

Claire was born in Barnstaple, Devon, England and worked as a Groom in a Racing yard for 9 years. After this she worked as an Assistant Manager for a Butchers Shop in Dulverton, Somerset for a further 9 years. In December 2013, Claire came to New Zealand where she was employed as a Lab Technician for Trevelyans Packhouse. In late January this year, Claire joined our team here at Doug Jarvis Butchers. Claire is in charge of making Pork Pies, Cornish pasties and other Deli delights.

Vicki Stacey - Office Manager

Vicki looks after all the general day to day running of the office and has been with Doug Jarvis Butchers for nearly 4 years. She has 16 years Bookkeeping experience and also helps out if the shop is busy.


Casual Staff

Our casual weekend staff consists of Grace, Alice and Stef. 

Call in today and say hi to our friendly team.