- Sir Peter Leitch is a New Zealand businessman nicknamed 'The Mad Butcher'.
- Despite dropping out of school at 15 years of age, Leitch built a butchery chain empire.
- Leitch founded 'The Mad Butcher' butchery in 1971.
- The chain now has 36 stores across New Zealand.
- In 2010 Leitch was appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.
- Importance of charity
Excellent, The best character speaker we have had at a conference. A genuine, sincere and extremely funny person, with lots of life lessons to teach us. The absolute epitomy of a good Kiwi bloke. Also, a perfect team person and delivered the team message in a sincere, honest and unambigous way, in down to earth language understood by all of our stores.
Just to say a big thank you for your contribution to our conference last week. It is the most successful conference we have held in 21 years and you were a big part of that. The two standing ovations you received were well deserved for your tireless work for charities and sport in New Zealand. Your talk was very humorous and set the tone for a great evening. We certainly appreciated you signing every book and being available in reception on Saturday morning for further signatures and photos. We would love you to come back again sometime and hope that you recover real quick from your current illnesses.
Kind Regards Milton
I would just like to thank him for the speech yesterday that he gave at the Datastor conference in Wellington. He truly inspired me to carry on fighting my current battle with his words!!
I am from South Africa but due certain events there myself and my partner decided to create a better life for ourselves. I am in Christchurch and I am here by choice because I fell in love with this great city and country. We landed 4 days before the September one and I have been helping CHCH as much as I possibly could since then. In amongst all of this I have been trying to apply for my residency hoping that as SIr Peter put it that HARD WORK and HONESTY pays off in the end. Five days ago I got a letter saying that my EOI was denied and that just broke my spirit. I was two steps away from giving up and then he made his speech in Wellington. I sat and listened as he spoke to me every step of the way. I have had very few things in life but the few things I had was as his... a good upbringing and a hard worker with honesty and integrity. With mates around me that were into "bad" things but they respected me when I went home instead of doing something silly. I have always believed that even though I'm not the smartest tool in the shed at least I have a shed with good work ethic and a willing to learn and do anything policy that things would fall into place. But I lost sight of this.... I really just though that I wanted to thank him as I couldn't in person yesterday. I might just be a silly SA boy but CHCH is my home, my city, in my blood and he gave me back my fight to do what i can for CHCH and it's people. I would really appreciate it if you would pass this on to him.