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How Vutterly Boring, a Little Island in Raglan

This is the third of the annual Dairy Free Awards, which highlight and showcase the best of New Zealand’s available plant-based dairy alternatives. The Awards cover four categories of products, ice cream, milk, yoghurt and butter, all fully plant-based, high quality, delicious and nutritious. No one needs to go without their favourite foods any more, as the plant-based market keeps on developing new and better products and growing exponentially.

The Spin Off Ranks Veggie Sausages

The range of meat-free snags available in Aotearoa is ever increasing, but which should grace your next barbie? We put 22 of them to the test to find out.

Kai Pai Wins 2 Awards

Innovative Wānaka piemakers Kai Pai Bakery have won two coveted awards from the 2021 NZ Vegan Pie Awards in Auckland.

Kai Pai Bakery took home the awards for best Vegetable Pie and the Commercial Award for their Vegan Roast Vegetable and Cashew Curry pie. More than 70 vegan pies from around New Zealand were judged as part of the awards, held by The Vegan Society.

Logan McLean wins Cafe Boutique

Whangārei cafe Logan MacLean has seen one of its vegan pies win a category in the Vegan Pie Award. The Waipū cafe entered pies in five of eight categories in this year’s Vegan Pie Award. In 2019 its Cock-a-Leekie pie came second runner-up in the Vegan Chicken category. After the pies were judged on Friday, Logan MacLean won the Café boutique – any sort of pastry, shape, open or closed category for its Korean BBQ pie.
The judges said of the Korean BBQ pie: “flavour and texture beautiful”.

Vegan Pies are a Winner

The AM Show were lucky enough to receive some of the award winning pies. However without Duncan Garner to eat them, the hosts were too busy ridiculing vegans to bother trying any of them 🙁

Dealing in Cheese

The video talks about Grater Goods and our inaugural Vegan Cheese Awards

Christmas Feasts Without the Beasts

Radio New Zealand interviews National Coordinator Amanda Sorrenson about her Xmas dinner

Eliminate Animal Agriculture by 2050

The Vegan Society has called for a reduction in livestock by 20% by 2025 and continued phased reduction until there is no animal agriculture by 2050. Supporting farmers to diversify and transition towards plant-based agriculture, including rewilding of “unproductive” land with native bush. The funds to pay for all this could be taken from revenue currently not collected from multinational corporations operating in this country.

Inghams drops dairy from 'plant-based' nuggets after criticism

Food giant Inghams has bowed to public pressure and will remove dairy products from a product it labelled as plant-based. Let’s Eat, which is owned and operated by Inghams Group New Zealand, sells a variety of vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes and one is called Golden Nuggets. The company has been criticised because the nuggets are promoted as plant-based, but contain milk.

AM Show Challenges Jacinda to go Vegan for World Vegan Day

The AM Show’s presenter Ryan asks Jacinda Ardern if she will take up our challenge to go vegan (he  made it easier and said just for the day, although we’d asked her to try the 21 Day Easy Vegan Challenge). Unfortunately she said it was already too late as she had very milky tea beside her!
BTW Jacinda, it’s never too late!

We challenged the PM to go Vegan

Midday News on TVNZ; watch our challenge to the Prime Minister at 10:21

The Prime Minister was challenged to go vegan by the Vegan Society ahead of the COP talks.

Vegan treats ranked in order

I consulted Vegan Society of New Zealand’s Claire Insley before undertaking this challenge to see what treats I could find, and she informed me RJ liquorice is now vegan friendly, as it is made without palm oil – although palm oil doesn’t include animal products, most vegans avoid it because palm oil production destroys rainforests and threatens some species of animal with extinction.

Vegan Kitkat has arrived in NZ

A new vegan chocolate bar has arrived , but larger confectionery companies still aren’t offering a lot of options, a Vegan Society spokeswoman says. KitKat V has been released in New Zealand, but the vegan chocolate bar is only in stores nationwide for a limited time. This was because the bar, which is made with rice milk, had to be produced on a special factory line, a Nestle spokeswoman said, but the company was always open to extending limited releases based on interest .

Cruel eggs are no fun for chickens

World Egg Day is traditionally celebrated on the 2nd Friday of October, but now World Egg Free Day aims to eclipse and trump the outdated International Egg Commission’s awareness day – reminding people of the cruelty of eggs and offering alternatives. Kiwi actors and vegan power couple, Emmett Skilton and Holly Shervey, have teamed up with the Vegan Society to speak out in support of chickens.

The Holy Grail of Vegan Cheese

Vegan cheese might sound like a contradiction in terms. Cheese is made from milk, which comes from cows or maybe goats…right? While that is still largely the case, more of us are buying plant-based cheese and more New Zealand businesses are producing it. 

Celebrating Plant Milks This month

The Vegan Society Aotearoa is always keen to showcase excellence in 100% plant-based and vegan products. Each month we have a theme to focus on and August is Plant Milk Month as it’s International Plant Milk Day on 22nd August – but there are simply too many dairy-free alternatives to look at in just one day!

RNZ Checkpoint at the Vegan Cheese Awards

Whether it is melted in a toastie, on top of your favourite pizza or piled onto a humble cracker – Kiwis love cheese. But what about a dairy free version? Over the last few years demand for vegan options has skyrocketed. Now, the first vegan cheese competition has been held in Auckland – and it looked like your average cheese and cracker situation, but different.

Vegan Cheese Awards on Newstalk

What does it take for a vegan cheese to please the public and emerge as a supreme cheese? New Zealand’s first-ever vegan cheese awards begin in Auckland today. Over 30 entries from makers across the country will be assessed by a panel of judges across several different categories.

“Some cheeses do try to emulate your traditional dairy cheese, like the cheddars for instance might try and be really melty for your pizza or toasted sandwich,” Vegan Society spokesperson Claire Insley told Mike Yardley.

Best Breakfast Banger Winner


The Vegan Sausage Awards, which take place annually at the end of June, are hosted by vegan restaurant The Butcher’s Son, and aim to celebrate Kiwis’ growing love of and preference for healthier plant-based foods.

The NZ Vegan Sausage Awards


Sausages are part of Kiwi culture, as we cook outdoors on the BBQ during summer. But with more people going vegan to improve their health and reduce their carbon footprint, Vegan Sausage options have stepped up to the plate.

Napier piemaker wins Vegan Sausage Roll Award


There’s more than meets the eye to Goodtime’s winning sausage rolls – they’re vegan.  The Napier piemakers Café Vegan Sausage Roll took out the top award at the Vegan Sausage Awards, organised by the New Zealand Vegan Society.

Survey says meat is associated with "manliness"

10th May 2021


The results from the latest survey of Kiwi men show that they are more concerned with appearing macho, than the health of themselves or the planet! It seems New Zealand men would rather die younger and take the planet with them, than stop eating meat.

The Dangers of a Vegan Diet for Children

8th June 2021


To discuss this, Claire Insley media spokesperson for the Vegan Society New Zealand joined Kerre McIvor.

"Vegan" Washing

30th March 2021


A company that advertises as “100 per cent Kiwi-based, eco-friendly and vegan” has gone quiet after Fair Go challenged all those claims.

Vegetarian Sausages Reviewed and Ranked

19th March 2021


The range of meat-free snags available in Aotearoa is ever increasing, but which should grace your next barbie? We put 22 of them to the test to find out.

Winners Announced In The 2021 New Zealand Dairy Free Awards

09 February 2021


The second of the annual Dairy Free Awards, which highlight and showcase the best of New Zealand’s available plant-based dairy alternatives.


Winners of Dairy Free Awards Announced

10 February 2021


Duck Island, Otis Oat and Whittaker’s have been some of the local brands to come out on top at the second New Zealand Dairy Free Awards.

Vegan Society of NZ Presents the 2021 Dairy Free Awards

17 January 2021


The Vegan Society’s expert panel has selected the best of the best and is currently choosing winners to be announced at the end of February.

2021 Dairy-Free Awards

18 January 2021



'Veganuary' organisers expect biggest year ever in 2021

02 January 2021


Organisers of ‘Veganuary’ predict 2021 will be their biggest year yet, with an increase in people trying out plant-based foods during lockdown.

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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, reaping...

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 egg....

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

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 Free...

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

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

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...