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Local Groups

Welcome to our local groups page.  Scroll down and click on the link to find out information in your local area.

Local groups are where you can find like minded people and enjoy social activities. Groups are run by local volunteers and they are always willing to give support and help you on your veg~n journey.

BRANCHES

LOCAL GROUPS

KERIKERI

Anyone interested in joining us for vegetarian get-togethers – e.g. pot luck dinners – or possible outings to restaurants, please contact Stephanie for more information.
Vegetarians, vegans and people interested in the veg~n lifestyle are welcome.

WHANGAREI

NZVS Northland Centre

Hello everyone our names are Kayla and Karl! This group is for anyone and everyone wanting to adopt a more compassionate lifestyle and to meet like minded friends in Northland. Whether you simply wish to cut meat from your diet or you are a full fledged vegan like us, you are more than welcome to join and learn and socialise. We are closely associated with The NZ Vegetarian Society and will be organising different events to suit everyones tastes from casual coffee/food catch ups to music events (all food will be 100% cruelty free of course!). We can’t wait to meet you all and get something social happening! For more info email Kayla and/or join the Facebook group.

Vegan Pot Luck dinners — Whangarei/ Waipu area

All vegans and vegetarians, or people interested in the vegetarian lifestyle, are welcome. For further information, email Cathy and Ian – – or phone 09 432 0714 or 027 630 4628.
Whangarei Vegans Facebook

Informal meet-ups of vegans and vegetarians

Text or ring Billy on 027-253-7768 or email bleon4477@hotmail.com to find out where they are meeting.

AUCKLAND

For upcoming events check out our event’s calendar or email info@vegetarian.org.nz

Calling Veg Soc members living in East Auckland, West Auckland and South Auckland:

Tired of travelling across Auckland to meet other vegetarians/vegans? Would you like to meet up with other vegetarians/vegans living in your area? While it can be fun travelling to “new” areas of Auckland for events, it can also take up a lot of time … take up the challenge and organise something close to home – Let us know of an event you are happy to host and we’ll let other members know! Contact NZVS with details – .

South Auckland Vegetarian Pot-luck group

Would you like to meet like-minded people in South-Auckland? Call Sue on 09 263 8569 – leave a message.

Active for Animals! Youth Group – Wanna talk, cook, be, vegetarian?

Active for Animals, open to all 8 to 13 year olds who are vegetarian, vegan or want to be, meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Trades Hall, Grey Lynn, Auckland (6.30pm to 8.00pm). The aim of the group is to create a fun, supportive environment, where veg kids can feel normal and meet like minded friends. Sessions include games, visits from outside speakers, cooking and of course eating. The cost is $7 per session, which includes all food (vegan, of course!). We also take in to account food intolerances and cater for them, whenever possible. To find out more and to download an enrolment form, visit our website, Active 4 Animals. Email: active4animals@vegetarian.org.nz

Hey kids! If you’re not already coming along, why not join us this year and hang out with kids who are all vege? You could also bring along a wanna-be-vege friend, so they can get a taste of vege life with us. Ask your parents to enrol you.

Vegan Potluck Dinners – Central Auckland – Join the mailing list.

Support/Social Groupjoin our facebook group!

WAIUKU

Monthly vegetarian potlucks in Waiuku for those interested in vegetarian food, sharing recipes and getting to know vege families in the Franklin community. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. We are a vege family with 2 kids. All welcome! Young, old and in between.

Contact Tara by email – or phone 027 372 7775 for more info.

HAMILTON

Call Tristan on 027-2287588 if you’d like to have some veg-friendly company.

KAWERAU

Vegan Pot Luck Dinners
Greetings to all, my husband and myself recently moved here from Raglan. We are longtime vegans. If anyone would like to learn more about this  way of life or have contact with us, please contact : Loretta  ( RN. Cert in plant-based nutrition) 0212361859 or email lorettainnz@gmail.com

GISBORNE

Interested in coming along to bi-monthly pot lucks? Get in touch with Geoff or Nicola on 06 868 0967 or email to the address below so you can find out more!
E-mail us –

HAWKES BAY

Vegan Potlucks

Regular potlucks are held for Hawkes Bay vegetarians and vegans – a great opportunity to eat yummy food and meet other local vege people! Contact Donna on 027 588 7756 / or join our Facebook group – Hawkes Bay Vegans & Vegetarians – for more information.

PALMERSTON NORTH

For events please check out what is happening on the Palmerston North Vegans and Vegetarians Facebook group, or for any enquires email Helen: or ph 06 358 9470, or text 021 065 0754.

TAUMARUNUI

Contact Chris Brady to join this social get-together group. Email or phone him on 07 8959082 or 027 7822 580.

WELLINGTON

NZ Vegetarian Society, Wellington Branch, Monthly Social Meet Up

The NZVS Wellington Branch Committee organise and run a monthly timetable of events that has something for everyone across the region – potlucks, a summer outing, Christmas dinner, film nights, tramping, eating out, talks by speakers and much more besides. The venues for events rotate around different parts of Wellington and the Hutt valley. To be inclusive we ask that all the food at our events is vegan.

Everyone is welcome, with non NZVS members simply being asked to make a donation at events. To find out when the next event is and/or to be put on our mail list, contact: Lyndsay at

Cheek out our website and join our Facebook page.

To attend events membership to the NZVS is not obligatory, but members are really beneficial in keeping the NZVS and the Wellington branch going – so please join us. To find out more please go to: Become a Member.

NZ Vegetarian Society, Wellington Branch, Fun Families Group

This group is open to vegetarian and vegan families. To be inclusive we ask that all the food at our meet-ups is vegan so everyone can get together, relax and enjoy themselves without any food concerns. We expect to meet up once a month for play, chat and food. Please contact Dee at Wellington Veg Families to find out more.

NZ Vegetarian Society, Wellington Branch, Social Singles Group

Our singles group meets on an ad-hoc basis with the aim of offering single vegetarians and vegans in the Wellington region a chance to meet and socialise together. To be inclusive we ask that all the food at our events is vegan. To find out when our next event is, contact: Lyndsay at eventswellington@gmail.com

Other Groups in Wellington Region offering information or services to Vegetarians/Vegans not affiliated to the NZVS

  • Wellington Vegans run ad-hoc events. Contact:
  • Vegans at Victoria University
  • Raw Food Potlucks: The Wellington Living Food Lovers facebook page. Almost all of the food at these potlucks is vegan or vegetarian.

NELSON

Are you interested in organising get togethers in Nelson? Contact: .

MOTUEKA

Contact: email Steph Thompson or call 0211677011.

CHRISTCHURCH

Contact Graham French to join our pot lucks, film nights and other social activities. Ph (03) 389 7822.

The Christchurch Vegan Society also runs social events.

TIMARU

Vegetarian Cooking Classes: Starting in March venue and dates to be finalized.

There will be a total of 3 classes with 3 dishes per class to be demonstrated. Limited numbers.

For more details, see their website.

OAMARU

Monthly pot luck meal to share ideas and different dishes – for all vegetarians and those interested in learning about a vegetarian way of living. Email Daphne or call 03 4346249.

DUNEDIN

The Dunedin/Otepoti Vegan Society (DOVeS) meets for monthly potlucks. These potlucks are attended by vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegans. They welcome people at any stage of their journey and offer support and information about all aspects of living a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Contact them by email or through Facebook.

There is also a Facebook group for ‘Dunedin Vegans & Vegetarians’

INVERCARGILL

Invercargill Vegan Society members meet for monthly vegan potlucks. Free weekly vegan cooking classes, and regular street activism events. Join in on Facebook and check out the Invercargill Vegan Society website.