Elizabeth O’Neill

I’m Liz and work in the health and safety sector. I also am a competitive ocean swimmer. I started exploring veganism 6 weeks ago from purely a health perspective after attending the green expo and speaking with the vegan society, in particular Nathan. As I researched...

Dusan Dudas

Bodybuilding Champion Mr New Zealand natural bodybuilding champion in 2001, 2007, 2009 and 2015. “My vegan diet definitely gives me an advantage in the field of...

Dr Mark Craig

General Practitioner I’m a General practitioner doctor and doing my best to put myself out of a job, by helping people change their lifestyle, particularly diet, so they don’t get the diseases most of our population get sick and die from. I’ve worked...

Dr John Livesey, PHD

I try to be vegan to help alleviate the exploitation and suffering of animals, to reduce my carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, and to eat a healthy diet. And with luck I may influence others to think similarly. Website:...

Dominic Hoey

Auckland Rapper and Poet Like a lot of people I grew up with I was first introduced to Veganism through punk and hardcore music. It immediately made perfect sense to me and I have been vegan for 22 years now (i’m old). i think the ethical, health and political...

Darcy Peacock

Former AUSA President I was the first vegan president of the Auckland University Students Association. I was inspired to become vegan while doing my philosophy degree (majoring in ethics). Luckily I had the opportunity to move into a flat of vegans and I have never...

Carl Scott

Animal Advocate For me Veganism is about living in a more compassionate and connected way every day. At least 3 times a day I can say, “No animal was harmed in the making of this food (or clothing, or whatever…..)” I also feel that my new-found understanding of...

Apollo Taito

Soldier and Health Professional Apollo Taito holds a Masters in Health Management and he swears by the vegan lifestyle, attributing his good physical health, fitness and mental wellbeing to it. The New Zealand born Samoan is a professional health manager, a soldier, a...

Anita Prasad

Accountant in an IT Company Official People Choice Ambassador for Miss United Nations Tourism 2012 Winner for title Miss Best Personality, crown in Kingston Jamaica, representing New Zealand. Being a health conscious person and a vegan I feel happier, healthier and...

Andrew Duncan

Real Estate Blogger / Marketer / Coach I never took pleasure in the idea of eating other sentient beings but I always rationalised it as normal behaviour. I was a big fan of the paleo diet which reinforced this frame of mind – we have always eaten meat, we’ve evolved...

Alice Shopland

Angel Food I’ve been vegan since 2004 and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! I’m very lucky that I run a vegan business, so my work life is completely in synch with my ethics. My intention is to make veganism more visible and more...

Alaina Brent

Competitive Runner & Former Triathlete I am vegan in general because I believe it is the healthiest way to be and being a competitive runner, you are what you put in. I am strictly vegan however, because my morals will not allow me to be any other way. When I did...

Aaron Brunet

MasterChef Eco Warrior MasterChef winner of 2013, Aaron Brunet has since gone on to become a plant-based vegan and eco-warrior. He now writes a plant-based food column in the NZ Herald Bite magazine and teaches plant-based cooking. Aaron is one of the new breed of...
Plant Based Predictions for 2021

Plant Based Predictions for 2021

Date: 07 Jan 2021Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa Media Release from The Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand With over 440,000 people worldwide signing up to Veganuary, it’s clear that the plant-based movement is continuing to skyrocket. Kiwis are as keen as...
We Need Climate Action

We Need Climate Action

Date: 02 Dec 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa The world is rapidly running out of time to act on climate change and yet still our leaders dally. New Zealand is failing to meet it’s Paris Agreement and rapidly falling off the list of countries taking...
World Vegan Day New Zealand Style

World Vegan Day New Zealand Style

Date: 01 Nov 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa The first World Vegan Day was in 1994 to celebrate 60 years of the UK Vegan Society and to highlight what was then very much a minority position. Times have certainly changed as New Zealand ranks 5th for veganism in...

Duncan Garner will be vegan for a year

Date: 20 Oct 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa The AM Show’s Duncan Garner said in July that if Labour won the election, he would go vegan. The Vegan Society is delighted to see a Labour government and we feel confident that after a year of being vegan,...
World Egg Free Day 9th October

World Egg Free Day 9th October

Date: 09 Oct 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa Move over Egg Day, make way for the chicken It’s the first World Egg Free Day and the five nations of New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Canada and The Netherlands have come together to put the chicken before the...
Veganism twice as popular

Veganism twice as popular

Date: 14 Sep 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand ranks 5th globally for veganism Veganism in New Zealand is now twice as popular as it was just five years ago! Google trends has shown clearly the rise in interest in veganism globally over the years....

Vegan Vibes 23 September 2017

Date: 26 Sep 2017
Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa Vegans and non-vegans alike certainly felt the vibe this month at one of the Bay of Plenty’s dedicated Vegan Festivals. This festival is in its second year and showcases a selection of vegan food, food products,...
October is Egg Free Month

October is Egg Free Month

Date: 13 Sep 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa During October we want to focus on putting the chicken before the egg. Let’s answer the age old question 🙂 The World Egg Industry has chosen 9th October as World Egg Day, so we have veganised it to World Egg...
Welcome to Vegan Art Month

Welcome to Vegan Art Month

Date: 08 Sep 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa September is New Zealand Arts Month, a celebration of our local artists and an acknowledgment of the value the arts brings to our nation. For the Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand, that means it’s Vegan Art...
White Lies

White Lies

Date: 23 Aug 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa As the dairy industry lies reeling from plummeting global prices, the scare stories come out in the mainstream media. “Soya milk is worse for the environment than dairy milk” was the ridiculous claim made earlier...

Why the demand for plant milks is increasing

Date: 20 Aug 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa Many athletes are finding much better performances after taking up a plant-based diet, for these guys dairy milk simply has not got what they need. Whether they are ultra marathon runners, rugby or football players,...
Plant Milk Month

Plant Milk Month

Date: 05 Aug 2020Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa 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. We have been...