Our achievements

A look back at our most memorable moments since 2002

Snapshot of achievements

2018
June 11

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

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.

April 11

Christchurch has its first Vegan Ball!

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
October 11

The Vegan Expo is launched

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.

June 11

Vegetarian Expo hits its 10th year anniversary

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

2015
June 11

Launched Single Minglers – a social networking group for singles

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

2014
June 11

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

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
June 11

Our Vegan Camp getaways begin!

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.

June 11

Team Vegan running group launched

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!

June 11

Awarded most Outstanding Vegan Non-Profit Organisation

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

June 10

Launched the first-ever Vegan Film Festival

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
June 11

Office and community center destroyed during devastating earthquake

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

2009
June 11

Launch Raw Vegans group

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

June 10

Officially open our community centre

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

2008
June 11

Our sausage sizzles make national headlines

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.

June 11

$17,000 funding grant enables community center set up

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
June 10

Launched the New Zealand’s inaugural Vegetarian Expo

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

2006
June 11

Announce the start of the Veggie Youth group aimed at teens

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

2005
June 10

Organised the first Vegan Triathlon

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
June 11

Launch the Vegetarian Families and Veggie Puffs groups

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.

June 10

Organised first public meeting

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

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