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

Earlier this year, Sheryl had the opportunity to support the company’s bid to seek trade opportunities in Haikou, Whangarei’s China Sister City. The delegation to Haikou was a joint initiative between regional tertiary provider NorthTec, Northland Inc and Whangarei District Council.

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!”