2020 Entry Rules

All the information cheesemakers require is in this Entry Kit (PDF).

Each entry is $75 + GST ($86.25) for NZSCA members. Non-members are welcome to enter for $150 +GST ($172.50). Entry fees are non-refundable. Non-members must enter by contacting NZSCA secretary Carmel Clark admin@nzsca.org.nz.

Home cheesemakers are invited to enter their cheese in the Curds & Whey Homecrafted Cheese category.  Enter by contacting NZSCA Secretary Carmel Clark admin@nzsca.org.nz.

2020 Entry Rules

The entry fee is $75 + GST ($86.25) for members and $150 +GST ($172.50) per entry for non-members. Entry fees are non-refundable.

  1. To enter, your cheese, butter and yoghurt must be produced in New Zealand.
  2. For specific rules around entry please refer to Entry Conditions nzsca.org.nz and in the entry information.
  3. Note you must complete a separate online form for each entry. This year we have configured the online entry process to allow to you to partially complete and save and return to the form, allowing you more time to enter all the information required.
  4. Home Crafted Cheese Category DO NOT ENTER ONLINE please email admin@nzsca.co.nz for your entry information. Entry fee is $35+ GST ($40.25)

When you click Submit you will be taken to our secure DPS payment page where you can pay the $75+GST entry fee using your credit card.  You will be returned to this website after completing payment.  Entries without the accompanying payment will not be accepted.

When filling out the online entry form complete an answer in ALL boxes. If the question is not relevant put ‘not applicable’. If you are unsure of which category your product should be entered under, please write TBC (to be confirmed) and we will categorize it for you.

Please note that all entries become the property of NZSCA. When submitting an entry, you are giving permission for your details to be shared with NZ Champions of Cheese Awards partners.

  1. Entry ID numbers will be sent to you electronically when all entries have been processed. Please ensure that each product you send for judging is labelled with the correct ID number.
  2. You may enter any number of different cheeses, but each cheese, butter and yoghurt can only be entered in a class and category once (apart from Chefs’ Choice and Champion Cheesemaker categories).
  3. It is not permitted to enter a cheese that has been bored or sampled with a cheese trier. Any such cheeses will be judged and given a complimentary score but will be ineligible for any medals or awards.

7. All producers agree not to hold the organisers responsible in the event of any accident, loss or damage from whatever cause, arising to any article or exhibit or non-delivery of the same.

  1. The judges reserve the right to cancel or alter categories/classes without notification.
  2. All entries become the property of NZSCA.
  3. The head judge may elect to transfer an entry from one category to another if it’s considered to be in the wrong category.

11. Product Size

The following is a recommendation on the amount of cheese to send:

Small cheesemakers (Boutique Cheese Producer category)

Enough product must be entered to judge over 2-3 rounds, firstly the medal judging, then assuming it is a high gold medal or wins the category, it will then be judged again for the Champion of Champions where 12-15 judges will judge the entry.  If an insufficient sample is submitted, it may not be possible to be judged for the final Champion of Champions award.

A suggested minimum of 1 kg should be submitted from the same production batch. All cheeses under 1 kg should be entered whole and uncut without any brand identity.

Medium and Large cheesemakers

Whole cheeses are preferred but if this is not possible the recommended minimum is 5kg without any brand identity.

If a whole cheese is 1kg or under, a minimum of 1kg should be submitted from the same production batch.  All cheeses under 1kg should be entered whole and uncut without any brand identity unless the conditions state otherwise. (see Retail Cheddar category)

Yoghurt – greater than 2 litres – 1 pack required, 500ml to 2L – 2 packs required, less than 500ml 4 packs required.

Butter – greater than 600g – one pack required, 200g – 600g – 2 packs required.

  1. The judging consists of two rounds

Medals Round: where the gold, silver and bronze medals and category champions are decided by panels of three judges.

Championship Rounds: where all the judges and a senior panel are given the opportunity to judge the highest scoring medal winners to decide the three Champion of Champions Awards (0-9.99 tonnes, 10-100 tonnes, 100+tonnes).

In the Yoghurt, Butter and Packaging Categories, a Category Champion will be selected but entries from these categories are not included in the selection of the three Champion of Champions Awards (Small Cheese Producer & Commercial)

13. On arrival all cheeses will be held in chilled storage. On the day prior to judging, exhibits will be dealt with in the following manner: The cheeses will be brought to as close as 10 -12°C as possible overnight and be at 12 – 14°C for judging.

14. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

The cheeses will be re-wrapped after their category has been judged with re-labelling of the unique entry number if necessary. The cheeses will be kept together as a category throughout their movement from storage to judging room and back to storage.

15. All cheese must be delivered to TBC Auckland and must be received on Wednesday 19th or Thursday 20th between 9am and 4pm.

16. Use of NZ Champions of Cheese Medal and Award labels

The official NZ Champions of Cheese Award logo and Award medal labels gold, silver, bronze, Champion of category and Champion of Champions design and image are the property of the NZSCA.

No person or entity has the right to reproduce this award sticker other than the official supplier Kiwi Labels. (exceptions below)

For practical application reasons with large volume sales, the award label image can be incorporated into a product label if it forms part of a single label on a product pack. ALL artwork for on package medals must be approved by NZSCA before printing.  We have a Brand Manual available which provides all the correct uses, colours, sizes etc.  Please contact Carmel Clark to receive this manual.

Stickers may be purchased from Kiwi Labels. Authorisation for this and use of a label supplier other than Kiwi Labels is required in writing from the NZSCA.

The official artwork of the award logo and labels remain the exclusive property of the NZSCA. It cannot be reproduced off existing labels or logos, reproduced directly on pack or as part of general packaging without permission.

Any producer found using NZ Champions of Cheese Awards medals on any cheese other than that which received the medal, will risk disqualification from future entry. This applies to cheeses which are renamed post awards i.e. the medal awarded applies only to the cheese named and entered into the competition.

The price charged by the official label supplier includes a copyright fee that is paid to the NZSCA. Order forms for labels will be sent to all medal and champion trophy winners on 1st March 2020.

Any questions relating to the use and reproduction of labels must be addressed in writing to Carmel Clark, Secretary, NZSCA Inc.