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.
Professional Racing Driver
I adopted a whole food plant based diet with my athletic performance and long-term health in mind. Its been an enlightening journey for me during which I’ve come to embrace the ethical, planetary and animal welfare aspects of a vegan lifestyle.
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.
Official People Choice Ambassador for Miss United Nations Tourism 2012
Being vegan I feel happier, healthier and more energized. I like the fact that being on a vegan diet can decrease my risk of many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease and I increase my life expectancy.
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.
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. We watched Earthlings. Nothing could have prepared us for something so heart-wrenching and moving.
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…..)”.
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).
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.
Mr New Zealand natural bodybuilding champion in 2001, 2007, 2009 and 2015. “My vegan diet definitely gives me an advantage in the field of bodybuilding.”
Dr Mark Craig
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.
Actor and 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!
Competitive Ocean Swimmer
As a Christian, I found it impossible to reconcile meat and dairy consumption with my faith in a loving God who respects all beings. As well as this, the health benefits of being vegan are beyond belief!
Auckland based actress Florence Korokoro has been vegan for many years. Florence made the shift towards a plant-based diet and never looked back.
Writer and Musician
Flip Grater is owner of vegan businesses Yumbo and Grater Goods. Her vegan journey began 22 years ago and she has been an advocate for animals and devourer of delicious plant based foods ever since.
Muay Thai Boxer
Competitive Muay Thai Boxer, Golnaz has dedicated her life to fighting for justice. Being vegan has kept her in the top of her game professionally, competitively and ethically.
Since turning vegan over 35 years ago I’ve competed at national and international level as a judo player and participate at a recreational level in something like 30 different sports.
Director of SAFE
I believe that animal agriculture is unsustainable in the long term and that a vegan diet will become the norm rather than the exception. Veganism is also good for your health. Giving up dairy cured my asthma!
Personal Trainer and Elite Powerlifter
Julia competes as an elite powerlifter for IPL New Zealand. This pocket rocket frequently lifts over twice her weight and more! Julia is a committed vegan, who took a fitness-based pathway to her vegan lifestyle.
Firefighter and Soldier
Maaka McKinney has served in the NZ Army for over 20 years. He has been vegan since the beginning of 2018. Maaka finds all of his food source, nourishment and energy from plant based living.
Musician, formerly Thomson Twins
Being vegan means you stop supporting needless cruelty towards farmed animals, and also help their wild cousins by not accelerating the depletion of their environments caused by catastrophic farming practices.
Dame Patsy Reddy
Governor-General for New Zealand
Dame Patsy Reddy is now the country’s most high-profile vegan and an advocate for sustainability.