Alaina Brent

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.

Jono Lester

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.

Alice Shopland

Angel Food

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.

Anita Prasad

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. 

Apollo Taito

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.

Andrew Duncan

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.

Carl Scott

Animal Advocate

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…..)”.

Darcy Peacock

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).

Dominic Hoey

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.

Dusan Dudas

Bodybuilding Champion

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

General Practioner

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.

Emmett Skilton

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!

Elizabeth O'Neill

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!

Florence Korokoro


Auckland based actress Florence Korokoro  has been vegan for many years. Florence made the shift towards a plant-based diet and never looked back.

Flip Grater

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.

Golnaz Bassam-Tabar

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.

Glynn Owens

Clinical Psychologist

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.

Hans Kriek

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!

Julia Trezise-Conroy

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.

Maaka McKinney

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.

Tom Bailey

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.