• 2018

    We announce the closure of the CVC and start of a new group

    We announce the closure of the CVC and start of a new group

    June 11, 2018

    Aside from the new name and brand, the CVS will continue to provide exactly the same services, events and activities as we did under the CVC. Everyone, whether vegan, vegetarian or neither will still be welcome. We are the same people and we plan to continue to serve Christchurch’s vegan and vegetarian community the same as we always have done since 2002; providing support, events, resources, social groups, education, and advocacy, as well as organising the Vegan Expo.

  • 2018

    Christchurch has its first Vegan Ball!

    Christchurch has its first Vegan Ball!

    April 11, 2018

    Following on from successful events in other parts of the country, we hold Christchurch’s first vegan ball. Over 100 attend the fabulous fundraiser.

  • 2017

    The Vegan Expo is launched

    The Vegan Expo is launched

    October 11, 2017

    To mark the 10-year anniversary of running our Vegetarian Expos (that were actually vegan but not named explicitly), it was decided to rename the event to better reflect its ethos. The first official Vegan Expo was a massive success with record numbers of attendees that included high profile Masterchef winner and vegan, Aaron Brunett.

  • 2017

    Vegetarian Expo hits its 10th year anniversary

    Vegetarian Expo hits its 10th year anniversary

    June 11, 2017

    2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of running the Vegetarian Expo in Christchurch which has proven a huge success.

  • 2015

    Launched Single Minglers – a social networking group for singles

    Launched Single Minglers – a social networking group for singles

    June 11, 2015

    Launched a social networking group for single vegans and vegetarians called Single Minglers.

  • 2014

    Host international author, visionary and former Zen monk, Dr Will Tuttle

    Host international author, visionary and former Zen monk, Dr Will Tuttle

    June 11, 2014

    We organised and hosted a successful talk with special international guest speaker, Dr Will Tuttle, a former Zen monk with a Ph.D who is a visionary speaker, educator, author of The World Peace Diet.

  • 2012

    Our Vegan Camp getaways begin!

    Our Vegan Camp getaways begin!

    June 11, 2012

    We kicked off Vegan Camps, the first ever bi-annual vegan retreat getaway to Hamner Springs. The aim  is to build the vegan community and to provide an opportunity for vegans to come together to relax, indulge, grow and play. Accommodation options include motel units, cabins and camping.

  • 2012

    Team Vegan running group launched

    Team Vegan running group launched

    June 11, 2012

    Team Vegan – a vegan running group aimed to submitting vegan teams in annual running events. Team Vegan is a sports group made up of vegans from around New Zealand. The active group is open to all vegans and you don’t have to be super fit – just keen to get out there and be active with us!

  • 2012

    Awarded most Outstanding Vegan Non-Profit Organisation

    Awarded most Outstanding Vegan Non-Profit Organisation

    June 11, 2012

    The Christchurch Vegetarian Centre is awarded Outstanding Vegan Non-Profit Organisation category in the Vegan of the Year Awards 2012.

  • 2012

    Launched the first-ever Vegan Film Festival

    Launched the first-ever Vegan Film Festival

    June 10, 2012

    We launched the first ever Vegan Film Festival, screening 10 feature films, shorts or documentaries . Those attending also got to enjoy vegan pop corn, ice cream, and gourmet meals . We wish to thank the Lion Foundation for contributing a grant of $2,800 towards the festival. These are now set for every 5 years.

  • 2011

    Office and community center destroyed during devastating earthquake

    Office and community center destroyed during devastating earthquake

    June 11, 2011

    Christchurch’s devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake destroys much of the central city including our office and all the equipment.

  • 2009

    Launch Raw Vegans group

    Launch Raw Vegans group

    June 11, 2009

    We launched a new healthy eating food group called, Raw Vegans.

  • 2009

    Officially open our community centre

    Officially open our community centre

    June 10, 2009

    Officially set up our office and community center and employed our first staff, albeit part-time.

  • 2008

    Our sausage sizzles make national headlines

    Our sausage sizzles make national headlines

    June 11, 2008

    We began offering vegan sausage sizzles outside Bunnings and make national news after Bunnings expresses their disapproval for not selling meat sausages and attempts to ban us.

  • 2008

    $17,000 funding grant enables community center set up

    $17,000 funding grant enables community center set up

    June 11, 2008

    We were successful in being granted approval for a $17,000 grant from Canterbury Community Trust (Rata Foundation) to help set up an office and community centre for the branch.

  • 2007

    Launched the New Zealand’s inaugural Vegetarian Expo

    Launched the New Zealand’s inaugural Vegetarian Expo

    June 10, 2007

    Launched the New Zealand’s inaugural Vegetarian Expo which was a huge success that they become an annual.

  • 2006

    Announce the start of the Veggie Youth group aimed at teens

    Announce the start of the Veggie Youth group aimed at teens

    June 11, 2006

    We announce setting up a new local group specifically aimed at young teens. We call it Veggie Youth group.

  • 2005

    Organised the first Vegan Triathlon

    Organised the first Vegan Triathlon

    June 10, 2005

    We commenced the first vegetarian and vegan triathlon in Canterbury. The Vegan Triathlons followed by a celebratory dinner became an annual event held at QE2 until the devastating earthquakes.

  • 2002

    Launch the Vegetarian Families and Veggie Puffs groups

    Launch the Vegetarian Families and Veggie Puffs groups

    June 11, 2002

    We form two new groups – the Veggie Puffs (LGBTQI), a group for vegan and vegetarians in the GLBTQI community for dining and socialising, and the Vegetarian Families group aimed at helping families raising vegan or vegetarian children.

  • 2002

    Organised first public meeting

    Organised first public meeting

    June 10, 2002

    We hold our first official public meeting calling on locals to help set up an active vegetarian and support group in Christchurch. It worked!

About us


Nau mai, haere mai. As one of the most active vegan groups in New Zealand, Vegan Christchurch reflects the excellent work undertaken by a group of dedicated members of the Christchurch Vegan Society who run the organisation and this website.

While the organisation is run almost entirely on a voluntary basis, we provide valuable information on the importance and ease of a plant-based diet and the benefits of being a vegan. Alongside this, we organise regular events, socials, talks, meetings and displays as part of our educational programme, and we also include many fun and social networking activities that vegans, vegetarians and those considering becoming vegan in Christchurch can enjoy.


Background

The Christchurch Vegan Society has been advocating veganism since 2002. Historically, Christchurch has always nurtured a welcoming and supportive environment for vegans and vegetarians in New Zealand. As a nation with deeply-rooted pastimes of cruel and exploitative animal-farming practices that resounded the ‘meat and three veg’ culinary mantra, it has been commonplace for vegans and vegetarians to feel isolated, challenged and ridiculed. Today, thanks to progressive campaigning about the devastating effects of meat and dairy production by groups like us, this compassionate and ethical way of living has seen dramatic advancements forward. Consumer eating habits better reflect sustainability and less cruel farming practices. Eateries, caterers, airlines, hotels and supermarkets now offer ample vegan choices. Doctors and other health professionals are more positive of a plant-based diet and of course, New Zealanders are far more accepting to this ethical, sustainable and compassionate way of living than ever before.


Who are we

Every organisation tends to rely heavily on a few super amazing organisers and a handful of dedicated volunteers. The CVS is no exception. We have a fabulous team made up of a committee, one part-time staff member and a large body of volunteers. At a national level, we are the local representative of the Vegan Society of Aotearoa/New Zealand but are an independent organisation and our own legal entity.


What we do

The Christchurch Vegan Society is made up of everyday kiwis who are just passionate about helping animals and the environment by helping to build a strong and healthy vegan community. We help people go vegan and stay vegan.

As part of our commitment to unite the community, we facilitate and support many relevant local community groups. This includes special interest groups that particularly support those who feel in even smaller minorities such as raw vegans, vegan gays and lesbians, and parents/families with vegans at home.

Our outreach programme offers a wide variety of social and fundraising events, stalls and large-scale festivals such as the Vegan Expo, Vegan Film Festivals and Vegan Camps. We also host movie and quiz nights, book reading session, potlucks and even a vegan fitness group.

We encourage you to get involved and be part of our community. There is always something happening so check out our What’s On page for the next event. We welcome everyone and anyone with an open mind to adopting a more compassionate lifestyle.


Affiliated national organisations, charities and local groups we proudly work alongside