The first World Vegan Day was 1st November 1994, introduced to commemorate 50 years of the UK Vegan Society and the number of vegans and vegan products has been growing ever since. This World Vegan Day we asked our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to try our 21 Day Easy Vegan Challenge. With the climate talks COP26 in Glasgow happening in the first 2 weeks, there is no time to waste in looking after our planet. World leaders from 190 countries will be present, including our own Climate Change Minister, Dr James Shaw, Green Party Co-Leader. This year the catering there has improved the vegan options, with 95% of ingredients sourced from the UK and a carbon counter to show the difference each meal makes. An excellent way to show how fewer resources are used in plant-based meals. Let’s hope Dr Shaw takes note!

We also asked the question What do these people have in common? See more about every day Kiwi vegans, and find out why they went vegan. There has never been a better time to go vegan. There are so many places to get good food, so many Vegan businesses, so many recipes, so many good products. so much choice! We have the early vegans to thank for their tireless efforts!

In 2019, The Economist dubbed it Year of the Vegan, and the momentum has continued since then, with a continued increase in vegan products and people Googling Vegan, while NZ is 5th in the world for veganism ~ not bad for a little country with half of its emissions due to animal agriculture!
It shows that even here, people are becoming more aware that what they do has an impact on our planet. It is from humanity’s darkest depths that the brightest lights come out!

Being vegan is a very easy and simple step in helping humanity to live within the resource means of Earth. It’s a step that every individual can make and the more people who do so, the better our chances of turning around the climate chaos currently unfolding.

November is also our Pie Awards,usually held at the beginning of the month, Covid restrictions in Auckland have meant that this year the Awards will be held on 29th November, we might be down, but we’re not out! Are you a pie maker? It’s not too late to registerNovember) for the competition and show us your best pie! This year, Jason Hay (owner and master baker at Richoux Patisserie), is one of the judges, so the competition is way open.