About the Vegan Society

Who are we

The Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand is a national charity that encourages and supports vegans and vegan options.

We support vegan businesses via our Vegan Awards Program and our Business Membership Scheme which recognise, promote and reward vegan business.

We celebrate, advocate and promote at an international, national and local level so that veganism appears positively in the media, with policy makers and in the minds of the public.

We educate people in ways that support their choices via our 21 Day Challenge, public talks, public events and vast online resources.

We create and maintain a vegan community via our lifestyle magazine, Vegan, our Vegan Living Talks, our lively social media pages and at community events.

Our mission statement

The Vegan Society supports and facilitates a vegan lifestyle and plant-based eating by creating a vibrant, visible and influential community, and by providing resources and information. Whilst campaigning primarily for veganism and animals, we reject all forms of discrimination and oppression towards our fellow humans.

What we do

We provide a means of social contact and exchange of information for new and existing vegans, such as sharing information and reviews on vegan products or services, to assist vegans, or potential vegans, in making ethical and healthy lifestyle choices. We also help to develop and maintain positive relationships with businesses and organisations sharing similar aims and encourage co-operation between vegans throughout New Zealand and the world!

Our ethos

Whilst The Vegan Society’s primary focus is to stop animal abuse and exploitation, we also reject all forms of discrimination and oppression towards our fellow humans. As a welcoming and inclusive organisation, we are here for anyone interested in veganism, to whatever extent and whatever the stage of their vegan journey. We love to support independent, fully vegan businesses, as well as larger corporations who produce vegan products: each time someone chooses a vegan option instead of an animal product, animal lives are saved! We want it to be easy to live a vegan life, so that it can be done without thinking or having to plan for it: we want vegan options everywhere, until they are the only options - the future is vegan!

Our goals

We actively support the increase of vegan options throughout New Zealand and the world. We also support the transition of animal agriculture towards becoming plant-based and call upon the government to support farmers to diversify into cropping and horticulture. We want to create a vegan world and believe in doing so by encouraging the positive steps towards that. We welcome all new members; individuals, families and businesses. Join us and increase our collective strength. Find out more here and help us to create a vegan New Zealand.

Meet the team

The Vegan Society is made up of a number of long term dedicated volunteers from across the country plus an active national board.

Meet the board members

World Vegan Alliance

We are part of the World Vegan Alliance which comprises 5 countries (at the moment) united to increase veganism on an international level.

We are a registered charity in New Zealand, charity number: CC 45333.