A specialty cheese school has expanded its range of courses to cope with demand from commercial cheese-makers and hobbyists.
The school at the Over the Moon Dairy Company opened at Putaruru in South Waikato about a year ago. It is the first in New Zealand.
Enrolments came from as far afield as Europe and Asia.
Director Sue Arthur says about 70 industry people and 160 home cheese makers were trained in the first six months.
She says people taking courses include those who are planning to set up their own cheese factories, who want to train before they commit large amounts of money.
A lot of farming people are also enrolling to learn how to make cheese for their own consumption.