Independent butchers of New Zealand have written to PM Jacinda Ardern asking that she urgently reclassify local butcheries as essential services in line with dairies. Auckland Retail butchers and fruit shops are facing more tough times with the Level 3 declaration and Retail Meat NZ, which represents all butchers and Head Pippa Hawkins says that as a result of the first lockdown, many butchers were on the verge of financial ruin and have just recovered to be hit again by forced closures.