Meet The Team
Meet the Board Members
National Coordinator, Instagram Manager and Vegan Speaker
She is from Auckland has been a board member and the National Coordinator since 2011. As a board member she’d like to ensure that the Vegan Society continues to increase its resourcing and building of the vegan community so that we can help people become and remain vegan in New Zealand.
Claire became vegan in 2000, having been vegetarian since she was 15. She has been a board member since February 2015. She volunteered for Greenpeace for over 20 years, including a year of sea time. Improving the visibility of veganism in mainstream media is part of her mission. She currently lives a low carbon lifestyle on the West Coast in Buller, teaching qi gong and offering therapeutic massage and Reiki. She has authored a book “The Way of the Rainbow Warrior”.
Helen has been involved with the Vegan Society since 2015, the same year she took off her blinkers to discover what went on behind closed doors in animal agriculture and dairying. Between being a busy mum to two young vegan kids and working for a vegan cheese company, Helen helps the Society on the financial side to ensure that we are financially sound and compliant.
Vegan Living Talks Coordinator
Māori Content Creator
Holly Robinson ACIM
Digital Marketing and Technical Support
Holly moved to New Zealand with her daughter in 2018 having travelled the country many times and fallen in love with the lifestyle. Having turned Vegan in 2017, she loves creating new recipes and making them for her non-vegan friends and family. Holly is an Associate member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and offers the society digital marketing guidance and assistance.
Meet the Team
Vegan Magazine Editor and Facebook Manager
Designer, Magazine Layout and Food Editor
Originally from Germany, Jana moved to Aotearoa in 2010. She has been plant-based and vegan for more than 20 years. Trained as a
graphic designer she supports the Society in various design projects since 2011. She also does layout and food editing of our NZ Vegan Magazine.
Jo runs our 21 Day Easy Vegan Challenge. A veggie since 11years old, and vegan since 2005, she is committed to animal protection and has worked and volunteered for animal charities across the globe in various capacities. Jo also has a passion for sustainable travel, social justice and works with non-profit, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Canterbury in the South Island. Originally from Scotland, she now calls Aotearoa home.
Website Layout and Updates
We also give thanks to our amazing team of other volunteers who help out so much with the Vegan Society’s important work. They might help keep our website up to date, run stalls, help out at Vegan 101s, do some admin work, film vegan VIPs and so much more! Together they contribute some 500 hours of work every month. Go team!
Contact a Vegan Society representative in your area
You can find links to vegan facebook groups and meetup groups on our groups page. This can be a great place to meet other vegans and ask questions and get support.
Also remember to check out what Vegan Society events are on in your area and get together with local vegans.
Vegan Society representatives
Amanda Sorrenson: Amanda@vegansociety.org.nz
AUCKLAND ~ WAIHEKE ISLAND
Joy Sachell: email@example.com
Dunedin/Otepoti Vegan Society (DOVeS): firstname.lastname@example.org
HAMILTON AND WAIKATO
Sarah Oliver: email@example.com
Donna Hossack: firstname.lastname@example.org
Invercargill Vegan Society: email@example.com
Eric Wolff: horowhenuaVeg.firstname.lastname@example.org
KAWERAU (BAY OF PLENTY)
Loretta Westbrook: email@example.com
Jordy and Jeremy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Bland: email@example.com
Samantha Goodwin: Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Zara Lynch: email@example.com
TIMARU, OAMARU AND WAITAKI
Jane Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamsin Forest: email@example.com
WELLINGTON ~ UPPER HUTT
Lynda Mountfort: firstname.lastname@example.org
WELLINGTON ~ VEG FAMILIES
Dee Lindsay: email@example.com
Cathy Duffield: 09 432 0714 or 027 630 4628