Great South Stories: butchery success thanks to blood, sweat and tears

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With the help of NZ On-air, filmmaker Rupert Mackenzie has taken cameras out to film an eclectic mix of stories about the lives of interesting characters on the famed Great South Road.

Helen Clotworthy owns Pokeno Bacon, a shop that specialises in selling pork related fare. She's forever busy. She lives her life in varying degrees of perpetual motion, whether that's picking something up, putting something down, walking or arriving somewhere, or talking. Helen loves talking, and she's incredibly good at it.

Helen and her semi-retired husband John started Pokeno Bacon 40 years ago. Their loyal following from here and afar stop in to buy their eclectic range of beef, lamb, and of course pork sausages. 

But the shop's success didn't happen overnight. What now could be described as Great South Road's butchery empire has been the result of good old fashioned hard work. 

Great South Road is New Zealand’s longest road, starting in Auckland’s swanky shopping quarter of Newmarket and ending in Ohaupo, Waikato Dairy country.

Used by or home to car dealers, churches, residences, food outlets, farmers, the homeless, street rappers, volunteers, and schools, it is a road that intersects and connects our past, the present, and future.

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