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Social potluck groups


CVS potlucks

The group meets several times a year on Saturday evenings. Everyone of all ages are welcome. It remains the best value meal in town and a lot of fun!

What to bring: A family-sized home cooked vegan meal to share with the group.
Cost: $3 (goes towards venue hire)

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Kristen for details.

Raw vegan potlucks

An easy-going social group that meets every two weeks to enjoy and share raw foods meals together which sometimes combines workshops or talks on the same day. It’s an excellent way to learn more about raw food or related topics and meet like-minded people.

The group welcomes anyone, particularly those who are considering a raw food diet.

What to bring: A family-sized dish made without cooking to share with the group.
Cost:
Free

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Mayouri for details.

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Social dining groups


CVS social dining out

Be part of this social dining group and help to inspire restaurants to become more vegan-friendly and offer good food. So not only will you enjoy awesome vegan options, you will be encouraging the restaurants to be more equipped to cater for other vegan diners when they book.

The group meets at different restaurants. These can be non-veggie eateries as we feel it is important to encourage them to also be able to cater for vegans too.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Alison for details.

Veggie Puffs dining out

Established in 2002, we are one of Christchurch’s longest running GLBTQI groups. The Veggie Puffs dining group is open to all members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans/intersex community who enjoy plant-based food. The one proviso is that only veggie food can ordered.

Most of our members are vegetarians/vegans or have a veggie partner or just really like veggie food! The group meets at different restaurants. We dine at a variety of restaurants, both veggie and non-veggie.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Sam for details.

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Sports & fitness


Team Vegan

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!

You might be into jogging, swimming, cycling, netball… all you need to do to join Team Vegan is to purchase one of our official Team Vegan sports tops and get out there being sporty in it.

We aim to increase the visibility of the vegan community and dispel myths that all vegans are anemic with no energy! Our members participate in a number of events around the year.

In Christchurch Team Vegan meets weekly for a run (or walk) round Hagley Park. We welcome all – you can be a super fit marathon runner or perhaps joining us to walk. Come join us having fun and getting fit. We also go as a group to organised events such as marathons, sponsored walks etc.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Mel for details.

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For teens & youth


Veggie Youth

Two dedicated youth groups for children (Years 4-8) and one for teens (Years 9-13) for youth who are vegan or vegetarian or wanting to be. With the exception of school holidays, the groups meet monthly to learn and have fun. They try new foods and learn how to cook, as well as play games, watch related movies, eat vegan chocolate cake and of course have fun with other like-minded veggie youth.

If you or a child of yours is vegan or vegetarian or beginning to think about it, come along and meet other veggie kids to discuss cruelty free living and food.

The Year 4-8 (aged 8-12 years) meets from 6pm until 7.30pm, and the Year 9-13 (aged 13 up) meet from 7.30 till 9pm.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Holly for details.

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Family support


Vegan/Vegetarian Families

Over the last 16 years we have run family groups and other social activities for children. Although the groups are not meeting currently, please contact us if you would like to meet other families raising their children vegan/vegetarian and we will put you in touch.

We can also put you in touch with experienced parents who have raised their children veggie if you would like one on one support.

Vegan Angels will also organise a vegan meal for you if you have had a baby or in a situation where you need a bit of edible care.

There is an active NZ Vegan Families Facebook group. We offer a variety of leaflets on raising vegan and vegetarian families.

Children are welcome at many of our events such as the pot lucks and other groups. Please contact us first to ensure the group or event is suitable for children.

Don’t forget to note in your diaries our annual Xmas party at Wyenova Orgaic Farm where vegan Santa comes, tractor rides are on offer and all of the animals are safe and will never be eaten. And of course, our annual Vegan Expo has a dedicated kids area with activities for your little ones.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Amy for details.

 

Veggie under 5s

This group regularly meets during the week for play, chat and morning tea either at a park, beach or someone’s home if bad weather.

While many are also involved with the Vegetarian/Vegan Families group too, they appreciate a dedicated space for the little ones to get to know each other while older siblings are at school. This is free but please bring a plate of vegan finger food to share for morning tea.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Amy for details.

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GLBTQI group

Veggie Puffs dining out

Established in 2002, we are one of Christchurch’s longest running GLBTQI groups. The Veggie Puffs dining group is open to all members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans/queer/intersex community who enjoy plant-based food. The one proviso is that only veggie food can ordered.

Most of our members are vegans/ vegetarians or have a veggie partner or just really like veggie food!

The group meets at different restaurants. We dine at a variety of restaurants, both veggie and non-veggie. Also look for a Veggie Puffs event at Pride Week.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Sam for details.

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Vegan singles

Vegan Single Minglers

A no pressure group to meet new people. We might meet for drinks or a meal or go bowling. Come along and make new friends and have fun and vegan food. Vegetarians are also welcome.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email Piyush for details.

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Uniting and supporting the local vegan community

We run a varied and full calendar of events throughout the year such as World Vegan Day celebrations, talks, fundraising dinners, film nights, dessert nights, vegan sausage sizzles, cookery demonstrations and quizzes.
We also have a lot of active groups such as an under 5s group, a youth group, gay, vegan and potluck dining groups, and a Single Minglers group.

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