Grinning Gecko is a wonderful success story of locals who have followed their passion and are now making award-winning cheeses.

Sheryl had the opportunity to support the company’s bid to seek trade opportunities in Haikou, Whangarei’s China Sister City. A joint initiative delegation to Haikou between regional tertiary provider NorthTec, Northland Inc and Whangarei District Council helped that bid.

Grinning Gecko owner and artisan cheese producer, James McNamara, says Sheryl’s support and influence was incredible.

“Sheryl’s support was amazing. Her relationships in China have opened so many doors for us – and now our products could be served in China’s top hotels!”

Recently Grinning Gecko was again on the world stage, named the best soft cheese maker at the world’s biggest cheese competition, with more than 5000 entries from 30 countries. Read more here: Whangārei’s Grinning Gecko cheesemakers win at world’s biggest competition