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Canterbury’s dedicated hub for vegans and vegetarians

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How we support our community

One of our core functions is to support everyone within our community following, or interested in adopting, a vegan lifestyle. We do that by:

  • supporting members, volunteers and those seeking advice or support
  • educating the community about the benefits of a plant-based diet
  • visiting schools and offering guest speaker opportunities
  • advocating a healthy and cruelty-free lifestyle via our community events
  • running our annual Vegan Expo which has become a huge success
  • a community based monthly Vegan Night Mākete showcasing the best local plant-based foods and goods
  • selling cool things to raise funds to support local activities
  • publishing free fortnightly newsletters about local news and events
  • A Business Network supporting businesses who provide vegan goods and services in Ōtautahi Christchurch and throughout Aotearoa 
  • offering a Vegan Angel service of meals and baked treats for those in need in our community

National news

  • Business profile: Pathfinder

    Business profile: Pathfinder

    PATHFINDER Christchurch Vegan Society Business Member Pathfinder Asset Management (formerly known as CareSaver) avoids companies and industries causing environmental or social harm, including those involved in factory farming, whaling, and animal testing. Find out more about Pathfinder (including a Product Disclosure Statement) and whether it’s right for you here. PS: Pathfinder will donate …»»


  • Mākete stallholder fees are now cheaper!

    Mākete stallholder fees are now cheaper!

    VEGAN NIGHT MĀKETE SATURDAY, APRIL 24 – 3.30pm to 7pm Our monthly Vegan Night Mākete returns to winter hours (3.30pm to 7pm) this month at the Phillipstown Community Hub (39 Nursery Rd). We’re also dropping our stallholder fees to make the mākete more accessible for small businesses. It will now cost not-for-profits and …»»

Local news

  • New vegan food truck: Plant Lab Kitchen

    New vegan food truck: Plant Lab Kitchen

    Plant Lab Kitchen is back – in food truck form! Their 100% plant-based menu includes house-made plant dogs, ‘fish’ and chips, and a baby version of their popular ‘wac’ burger. Find out where and when they’re open on their Facebook page....»»

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Can you spare a few hours to help us with some the awesome events we put on for Christchurch's vegan and vegetarian community?We need volunteers to help sizzle sausages at an all-vegan fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Tower Junction on Saturday, May 1. We also need volunteers for our monthly Vegan Night Mākete - these happen the last Saturday of every month at the Phillipstown Community Hub. Volunteer duties vary and you can help out for some of the event or the whole thing. We're also looking for volunteers to help organise the next Vegan Ball - tentatively set for Saturday, August 21. If you can spare a few hours - or more - for any of these events, or want to know about other volunteer opportunities with the Christchurch Vegan Society, please email or send us a PM. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
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Vegan Camp 2021Reviewed by Keira Phelan, age 13.There were so many good things about vegan camp I wasn’t sure where to start., so I thought I would start at the very beginning.I have been to vegan camp three times. The funny thing is I never really get tired of it because every time it gets better. Once you have come once you will have to come again. My favourite part of vegan camp is the fact that everyone is vegan, so if you can’t relate to someone you can talk about food and share creative ideas on how to make vegan food even better than it already is. At vegan camp this year all of the food was lovingly made by our two wonderful chefs, Barry and Saci. I remember months ago my mum, Lisa, started organising the whole thing. It took so much preparation and organisation but that all paid off when everyone got there and had a fantastic time. One of the many amazing things about the camp is the variety of the activities. There were two compulsory activities: the meet and greet and the quiz night. Optional activities included visiting the Hanmer hot springs, mountain biking, walking, mini golf, an icecream eating competition (with soy ice cream of course), a movie night, rafting, a plastic egg and spoon race, a dark chocolate Easter egg hunt and a white vegan buttercream workshop run by Yolanda Soryl. As you can see there was plenty to do with something for everyone. We closed our camp with a group photo (see below) and an old favourite song called Peanut Butter and Marmite.* Vegan Camp is held every second Easter weekend in Hanmer Springs. For more info visit ... See MoreSee Less
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