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Becoming vegan is easy and we're here to help you

More and more people are becoming vegan and for all kinds of reasons. The great news is, all of them are positive! Eliminating animal products from our lives is good news for the environment, for our health and for the animals. Plants can provide all the nutrition we need. There are new food groups to discover and new taste sensations to explore. Find some inspiration here. Here’s what some others have said about becoming vegan

You can help us grow veganism in New Zealand too, by supporting our work. We offer businesses the opportunities to connect to a vegan customer base and vice versa through our business membership.

The Vegan Society of Aotearoa NZ is a registered charity.

Green Protein Report: A greener and safer future for New Zealand

green protein report The long awaited Green Protein Report is now out! Written by co-authors Jasmijn De Boo, ex CEO of SAFE and Dr Andrew Knight, a vet and Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, this report details exactly what is wrong with New Zealand's current agricultural system and how it needs to change. With 315 references and over 90 pages, this dossier explores a more fruitful New Zealand. Read more...

Try vegan

Take the 21 day vegan challenge, plus find tips and resources to help you be vegan.

Why vegan

Why be vegan? For the animals, the environment, and your health. Find out more.

Recipes & resources

Recipes, and resources for vegans in New Zealand! Including shopping tips, travel tips, and where to eat out.

Certified products and vegan friendly businessess

Find vegan certified products, vegan-friendly businesses, plus member discounts and specials


The vegan society magazine, Vegan New Zealand, is sent out with your vegan society membership. You can also order online and read past articles.


Check out the Vegan Society's range of Tees and Hoodies and order online.

What's new?

Vegan Sausage Awards 2020

This year the Awards were hosted with vegan restaurant The Butcher's Son, judging the country's best and to celebrate our growing love of and preference for plant-based foods. The stiff competition of some 30 entrants from around 20 different companies was judged by celebrity vegan comedian Tom Sainsbury and our stalwart, former Head Chef at Heritage Hotel Auckland, Gerrard O'Keefe, who was keen to define the best taste, consistency and appearance of the winners. The results are in! Read more here.

Winter 2020 Vegan New Zealand Magazine is free for everyone!

The new issue of New Zealand Vegan is out -- and this time it's free for everyone! Members of the Vegan Society get the fresh issue delivered right to their doors, but if you haven't signed up yet we're giving you a chance to see what you're missing.

We invite you to share this special winter 2020 issue of the NZ VEGAN MAGAZINE with your friends and family. Pass on and share the PDF of this magazine, as a gift to others. We hope it will boost awareness of our local vegan business community and draw more attention to all things vegan in Aotearoa.

You can view and download it here


Plant Milk Month

PlantMilk.jpg As 22nd August is International Plant Milk Day, here at the Vegan Society, we are dedicating the whole month to raising awareness of all the fantastic array of plant milks now available in Aotearoa.


Climate Explained – Question from the Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand

cowsinmud.jpg Stuff and The Conversation have teamed up with the New Zealand Science Media Centre to create a science panel of experts on climate change, so the public can ask their climate related questions to them. Thus the Vegan Society decided we would ask the Big Question: I would like to know how much difference we could make to our commitment under the Paris Agreement and our total greenhouse gas emissions if we removed all cows and sheep from the country and grew plants in their place (hemp, wheat, oats etc). Surely we could easily become carbon neutral if we removed all livestock? How much more oxygen would be produced from plants growing instead? How would this offset our emissions? And what if we returned the land the animals were on to native forests or even pine plantations?


Upcoming events

Auckland - South Auckland Manukau Monthly Vegan Potluck Kai | Saturday, 29 August 2020

Auckland - Vegan Living Public Meeting | Saturday, 29 August 2020

Auckland - Plant-Powered Athletic Performance, And Health - Auckland | Sunday, 30 August 2020

Auckland - Monthly Vegan Potluck | Saturday, 5 September 2020

Auckland - Vegan Living Public Meeting | Saturday, 26 September 2020

See the events page for more events and details.