This is the official website of the NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association.
It's a place for cheese companies and cheese lovers alike. Explore the pages and improve
your knowledge of NZ cheese and NZ Cheesemakers.

2016 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards

Congratulations to each and every one of our winners in the 2016 NZ Champions of Cheese AwardsClick here for the full results. If you're a medal winner looking for Award labels, click here to order.

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Countdown CheeseFest

The event all cheese lovers salivate over was a 'grate' success! If you missed out (or just want to relive the magic of a room packed full of cheese) check out the Countdown Cheesefest 2016 Facebook album here!

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Cheese FAQs

FAQ Cheese

Why does the colour of cheese vary? Is cheese safe to eat during pregnancy? Expand your knowledge of all things cheese right here.


Cheese Matters Newsletter - March 2016

In this month's Cheese Matters, we celebrate the very best of New Zealand made cheese and showcase winners of the 2016 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. Plus, see some great pics from our favourite event of the year, Countdown Cheesefest!  


NZ Cheese Trail Map

The NZ Cheesemakers Association invites you to celebrate the excellence of local cheesemaking. Click below to find out more:


Important note for Cheesemakers

If you're exporting, please take time to read through this MPI guide explaining the transition of export certification of dairy product and material from MP E-cert to AP E-cert.  



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Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconMay 24, 2016 at 10:57 pm

We're loving Cuisine Magazine's latest Potato & Karengo bread recipe paired with award-winning Extra Mature Gouda by Mercer Cheese. Check it out!

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Recipe: Potato & karengo bread


Pair this potato and karengo seaweed bread with top artisan cheese and salad for a delicious dish.

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconMay 23, 2016 at 6:45 am

What a crime! #mondaymadness

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Cheese Lovers NZ
May 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Cheese Lovers NZ shared In Rhi's Pantry's video.

Drool! Check out this quick and easy recipe for Kumara Parmesan Gnocchi with the delicious Dairyworks Ltd Parmesan cheese by In Rhi's Pantry. We know what we'll be making for dinner this week...#autumnmeals #nzcheese #dinnertime #inrhispantry

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In Rhi's Pantry

Cheese lovers, I have another recipe that is going to be riiiiiight up your alley! Try your hand at this new recipe - soft kumara gnocchi with a rich Dairyworks Ltd parmesan cream sauce, thats packed with crispy pancetta, kale and garlic <3

See the recipe here: http://bit.ly/KumaraParmesanGnocchi

If you haven't given gnocchi a try before, this is the perfect place to start! Trust me when I say it is a lot easier than you may think :)

Rhi x


Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconMay 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Happy Mother's Day to YOU! We hope cheese is on the menu today!

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Cheese Lovers NZ
May 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Cheese Lovers NZ shared Waimata Cheese Company's post.

Now here's a clever (& delicious) idea for Mother's Day...We love this cute heart-shaped cheese from Waimata Cheese Company!

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Waimata Cheese Company

Don't forget Mother's Day this Sunday. Why not treat mum to some cheese. Look out in stores for the Waimata Camembert Hearts or Blue Brie Hearts, cheese with love.

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconApril 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

Hat's off to Christchurch who are ditching the popcorn for cheese at a new boutique cinema opening next week! Cheese & a chick flick anyone?!


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No popcorn at new cinema


Popcorn's "too distracting" for viewers, so wine and cheese dominate the menu instead.

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconApril 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

If you're in or around Paeroa this weekend, make sure you visit the new Mercer Cheese shop at 124 Normanby Road - and create the BEST long weekend cheeseboard!

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Cheese Lovers NZ
April 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

Cheese Lovers NZ shared INSIDER's video.

If you're peckish turn away immediately. This right here has to be THE ultimate way to devour melted cheese...has anyone enjoyed raclette? If so, do share your experience!


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An NYC restaurant is taking melted cheese to whole new level.