International Gold for Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman

Over the Moon’s Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman has been awarded a Gold Award and Outright winner for the “Best New Zealand Cheese’ at the 2017 International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, UK on the 25th of July 2017.

The Nantwich International Cheese Awards is the largest cheese award show in the world with over 5600 cheeses from around the world entered in the 2017 event. Sue Arthur, Over the Moon owner and founder was invited as a guest judge and could receive her trophy in person.

“We WON! Best New Zealand Cheese (Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman) at the biggest cheese show in the world, the International Cheese Competition in Nantwich, UK. Ecstatic!”, Sue Arthur shared on Facebook.

Black Truffle Brie by Neil Willman is an Over the Moon original cheese created by renowned international cheese master and judge Neil Willman and has previously been awarded Category Champion in 2015 at the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

Nantwich International Cheese Awards in numbers:

  • The 2017 event was the 120th anniversary with the awards show growing each year.
  • 5% increase of entries from the 2016 event.
  • Over 500 judges were tasked with judging the 5600 entries in just 5 hours.
  • Over 30,000 visitors were expected with overseas visitors attending from New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Canada, USA and every European country.
  • The size of the pavilion had to be increased to accommodate the record number of Trade Exhibitors.
  • This is the second Nantwich award for Over the Moon with Galactic Gold receiving a silver medal at the 2016 awards.

Over the Moon Black Truffle Brie is available from our Stockists nationwide.

New Year, New Faces

We begin 2017 with a number of new team members:

Loran Mathis departs – Our second apprentice Loran has completed her study with us here at Over the Moon and departs to partake in a gap year. She is off to experience all the cheese the world has to offer.

Craig Curd – Craig moves internally into full time Cheesemaker from his existing position of part time Cheesemaker & Putaruru Deli Cheese Expert. Craig  is excited to be in the factory full time.

Jo Rist – We welcome Jo into the position of Sales Manager. Jo replaces Peta managing our Packroom, Dispatch, Production and Wholesale Orders. Jo has many years of Customer Service and Management experience and is looking forward to working with our wholesale customers.

Peta Jones departs – Peta departed at the end of last year after a very busy year and a half leading our Sales, Packroom and Dispatch areas. We wish her well with her new challenge and are enjoying her frequent visits.

Tanya Houghton – Tanya settles into our all around Admin and Sales support role after a busy festive season covering Peta’s role and settling Jo into her new position. Tanya wears many hats so she is a great all rounder to have helping out wherever it’s needed.

Carrie Donaldson – Carrie moves internally from all round Admin and Sales support into Marketing Coordinator. Carrie will be organising our marketing collateral and working with our wholesale customers individually. She will also be looking after our website and social media.

Shiree Jamieson – We welcome Shiree into our busy Packroom. Shiree will also be helping out in Dispatch and Factory areas.



Win a Luxury Mini Break Participating Retailers

Looking to purchase one of our cheese month heroes for your chance to Win a Luxury Mini Break to the Hilton Lake Taupo including dinner for two at Bistro Lago?…  See our participating retailers below or purchase online right now!



Farro Fresh – Lunn Ave, Constellation Drive, Grey Lynn and Epsom Stores

Nosh Food Market

Passion Produce – Hobsonville, Auckland

Whitford Food Market – Whitford

Good Grocer – Auckland

The Goodness Grocer – Pukekohe

Roland Moss – Cheese and Crackers at the following Farmers Markets:
Howick Village Market, Pukekohe Farmers Market, Titirangi Market and Hobsonville Market.



Over the Moon Factory Deli – Putaruru

Over the Moon Deli – Cambridge

The Country Providore – Tamahere

Eggsentric Café – Whitianga



Col’s Butchery – Mt Maunganui

Merchant of Taupo – Taupo



New World Havelock North – Havelock North

New World Hastings – Hastings



The Fridge Butchery – New Plymouth

The Cheese Platter – New Plymouth



C’est Cheese – Featherson



Moore Wilson’s – Wellington City

New World Wellington City – Wellington

New World Thorndon – Wellington

New World Porirua – Porirua



Pataka Deli – Blenheim

Nautilus Estate – Renwick

Yealands Estate – Seddon


Enter via our Homepage. Good luck!

8 ways to love Cheese Month 2016

We celebrate Kiwis’ love of cheese with new cheeses, great prizes and celebrating all things cheese!

October provides plenty of opportunities to talk about, learn about, taste, match and make exciting, innovative and delicious cheeses.

For nine years, we at Over the Moon Dairy have dedicated ourselves to crafting innovative products using flavourful ingredients and showcasing the possibilities of our local dairy industry internationally.

With 95 medals and 15 trophies, we now proudly provide cheese-loving Kiwis with one of New Zealand’s widest ranges of innovative artisan cheeses.

To celebrate Cheese Month 2016, we found 8 ways to share our passion for our industry through a programme of tastings, competitions and fun times involving cheese.

    In October we welcome a newcomer to Over the Moon range: meet The Black Sheep. Rediscover three popular, short-run favourites: Southern Cross, Sheep Cumerino and Burgundy Moon.
    Through Cheese Month, purchase one of our four ‘Cheese Month Heroes’ and you can put yourself in the draw for a night at the luxurious Hilton Lake Taupo, with dinner at Bistro Lago, and of course some great Over The Moon cheese! Enter here.
    On the first day of Cheese Month artisan cheese makers are teaming up with and craft beer makers of the Waikato region – don’t miss your chance to see what a good combination we make at Ferment Fest 2016. Held at SKYCITY, Hamilton. Find out which craft beer is the perfect match for our OMG Brie!
    Over the Moon decided to explore the Ossau-Iraty style, which is a semi-hard sheep’s cheese from the Basque region in Spain. The smoked paprika on the rind gives it a smoky flavour, and the cheese is fruity and nutty with a creamy texture and ivory white interior. We made it 10 months ago and it’s ready to eat NOW!
    We’re in Epsom, Lunn Ave, Constellation Drive and Grey Lynn throughout Cheese Month dishing up our goodness to shoppers – come on down!
    14 October, Epsom Farro Fresh, 2- 6pm
    15 October Lunn Ave Farro Fresh,  10- 2pm
    21 October Grey Lynn, Farro Fresh, 2 – 6pm
    22 October Constellation Drive Farro Fresh,  10 – 2pm
    Or cheese and wine at our Cambridge deli! Join us in Putaruru for a evening of ‘Cheese and Beer’ in conjunction with Croucher Brewing on the 6th of October or in Cambridge for ‘Cheese and Wine’ with Cambridge Fine Wine Ltd on the 7th of October. We will launch our fabulous new cheese and celebrate a few of our favourites!
    See you in Wellington 22 October 9.30am – 1.30pm and 2.00pm to 6.00pm
    Just because…. It’s Cheese Month. And it’s cheese.

Is food your passion? Now hiring!

We’re looking for someone whose passion is food to help out with promotion and administration 1-2 days per week and managing our deli on Saturdays, selling our award-winning cheese and making great coffee! We have high standards and love making and selling classy and unique cheese. We have a fun and inclusive team environment where your contribution will be valued. A job description is available on request – phone Debbie on 07/8838238 or email

Our ideal person will: • Be able to multi-task, be flexible and give anything a go • Have excellent customer service skills and be computer literate • Be prepared to work extra hours if needed

Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining why you would be ideal to: Sales and Admin Position, Over the Moon Dairy, 33 Tirau St, Putaruru, no later than 4pm Friday 22 May.

A word from our sponsors…

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Our Galactic Gold washed rind is basking in the glow of another category win at the New Zealand Cheese Awards. Thermaflo is the sponsor for the Washed Rind category, and the good people there have written this nice article.  We would like to acknowledge how much we appreciate their ongoing support for the national competition – it’s not possible without our sponsors!  Nice one, Thermaflo. Read the article.