Sarah Beale

Yoga Teacher & Artist   I’m a vegan yoga teacher and artist. I also work at Harvest Wholefoods in Grey Lynn which is where I was first introduced to the possibility of going vegan 5 years ago by a particularly fierce vegan colleague. She would bombard...

Richie Hardcore

BFM DJ I’ve been a strict vegetarian for ten years and am at present trialing out a transition to veganism. Every Monday I ensure I have a day completely free of animal products. I’m trying to do something towards creating a world which I believe is more...

Robert Jacobs

Contestant on Masterchef I enjoy being vegan/vegetarian for many reasons including health benefits and pride in lowering my carbon foot print, because I think every bit helps. I enjoy thinking outside the square when preparing food and expanding my culinary knowledge,...

Peter Sankoff

Lawyer + Senior Lecturer Auckland University & Author of Animal Law In Australasia. The best thing about being vegan is knowing that nothing I eat has suffered just so that I can have...

Plant Based Maori

Founder of Tupuanuku Raniera Rewiri (Te Whakatohea, Tuhoe) – also known as the Plant-Based Maori – is the founder of Tupuanuku, a vegan market stall and catering company based in Whakatane. ‘The only reason it was Plant-Based Maori is because the Maori...

Maaka McKinney

Maaka McKinney has served in the New Zealand Army for over 20 years and has deployed to a variety of countries and continents within his service. He has been a vegan since the beginning of 2018. Now a career firefighter and a Territorial Force soldier, Maaka finds all...

Maja Skilling

From a young age, I have loved animals. I formed bonds with all kinds of creatures, from my pet guinea pigs, to the fish I snorkelled with, to the chickens in parks. I have also always loved fighting for causes and campaigning. These two things came together when I...

Leila Masson

Pediatrician The best thing about being vegan is lowering my carbon footprint and keeping family, planet and self healthy. Website:...

Linda Nunn

Founder of Animal Rehoming, Auckland If there was a way that you could nourish your body and live a long and healthy life while causing minimal harm to yourself, to fellow humans, to the planet and to other creatures sharing the earth; would you embrace it? Or would...

Kristine Bartley

Owner of Sweet Release Cakes and Treats I started my company Sweet Release Cakes and Treats in 2014 as my very own therapy for my lifetime illness hence the name. I found out about veganism in 2015 from the Wellington Vegans community and gave it a go late 2015…I’ve...

Kieran Cooper

Musician Seriously, why would I rely on animals for sustenance if I don’t need to? We live with an abundance of eating options. For me, including meat in my diet just isn’t an option I’m willing to consider. I think human kinds reliance on animals as...

Jody Kilpatrick

Minister, Ponsonby Baptist Church I choose to be vegan because it makes me think in the basics of daily living about treading lightly and not grabbing at things that aren’t mine. That said I eat extremely well on a vegan diet – everyone in my household...

Julia Trezise-Conroy

Personal trainer & Elite Powerlifter Julia competes as an elite powerlifter for IPL New Zealand. This pocket rocket who weighs in at 52kg, frequently lifts over twice her weight and more! Julia is a committed vegan, who took a fitness-based pathway to her vegan...

James Gow

“I’m feeling better at 70 than I did at 60, having adopted a vegan lifestyle at aged 68” I didn’t enjoy being overweight, and out of shape. Joint pains gave me an excuse not to exercise and I was putting on about 1 kg per year. I chanced on...

Holly Shervey

Actress Holly became a vegan thanks to meeting and dating fellow actor Emmett Skilton. Being with Emmett made her more and more curious around thinking and researching about where food comes from and before long she too became vegan. The now engaged couple are of...

Heather Moodie

Editor & Retired High School Teacher   It was hard to give up ice cream when I became a vegan ten years ago but I did! I’d been vegetarian for thirty years; it was those sad little packages of bits of dead animals that decided me. They had lived and died in...

Hans Kriek

Director of SAFE (Save Animals from Exploitation) For me being vegan is about being consistent. I like animals and oppose their exploitation so not eating them or using their products is the only logical and honest way to live my life. I believe that animal...

Golnaz Bassam-Tabar

Muay Thai Boxer Competitive Muay Thai Boxer, Founder and Director at Audacity PR, Golnaz has dedicated her life to fighting for justice and fighting for fun! A staunch vegan for social justice reasons – being vegan has kept her in the top of her game...

Glynn Owens

Clinical Psychologist & Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland Since turning vegan over 35 years ago Ive managed to obtain a doctorate from the University of Oxford, sustain a career thats seen me hold three different professorial appointments,...

Geoff Wright

Vegan Wine Maker Whenever I see an animal I enjoy seeing them alive and when I reflect on the stand I have taken, I feel good. Website:...

Gareth Hughes

New Zealand’s first Vegan MP Gareth Hughes accepted our easy vegan challenge in March 2019 and has remained vegan ever since. “I enjoyed making the change and it fits better with my philosophy and is actually cheaper and easier than I thought. The food too, is far...

Florence Korokoro

Actress Meet Auckland based actress Florence Korokoro who has been vegan for many years. She has appeared in Mr Pip (2012), Neighborhood (2016), Sisterhood (2017). From learning about self-awareness and meditation, Florence made the shift towards a plant-based diet...

Flip Grater

Writer, Musician, Mother, & Owner of Vegan Businesses Yumbo and Grater Goods Flip Grater’s vegan journey began 22 years ago as a teenager and she has been an advocate for animals and devourer of delicious plant based foods ever since. Website:...

Emmett Skilton

Actor & Director Emmett Skilton has been vegan for a few years now after taking a journey from free range to vegetarian to vegan- because of his love and respect for animals! He found it was easy to make the changes and stick with them because they made him feel...