UNCOMMON THREAD - EPISODE #2

KAIKOURA CHEESE

This is Sarah and Dan. The Christchurch Earthquake resulted in them uprooting their young family and making the move to Kaikoura, with dreams of becoming cheese-making artisans. With no background in farming or cheese-making, they had everything to learn. While building their first home - a 10sqm tiny house - they bought their first 3 Saanen milking goats and started practising the art of making cheese.

Within a year that small herd had grown to 7, and they had set up a small cheese plant on family land under the Kaikoura Mountains. Milking by hand every day, they soon established our first goat’s milk product - “Te Ma”, a fresh French-style soft cheese. Their hard work was rewarded in 2013, winning several medals at the NZ Specialty Cheese Awards and gaining significant recognition for their budding brand.

If you're ever in Kaikoura go and say hi. In the meantime check out their website here.