What’s On


There are many vegetarian and vegan events going on around the country.

Check out our Local Groups page to find a vegetarian group near you, and let us know if you are organising something.

The Noticeboard is for you: contact us to post your requests or offers of accommodation, support, group membership, work, veg*n animal adoption, or local campaigns.

Note: While every effort is made to make these events listing accurate, mistakes and changes do happen.  Please contact the person or organisation running the event to confirm times and locations.  If you do spot any errors, please let us know.

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  • Wellington


  1. Aug

    1. Palmerston North – Brunch @ Cafe Royale
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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      Joining with the Palmerston North Veg*n group for brunch.



      11:00 am
      Palmerston North – Brunch @ Cafe Royale
    2. New Plymouth – Pot Luck dinner and Speaker @ Fitzroy School Hall
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Every 3rd Sunday of the month, go along to the Fitzroy School Hall with your pot luck dish and have a fun night, with give-aways as well as a video feed from Si speaking.

      4pm till 7pm, eating at 5:30pm with the speaker after!

      Family friendly with a playground outside.

      Bring enough to feed your tribe – and own plates/cups/utensils, etc.






      4:00 pm
      New Plymouth – Pot Luck dinner and Speaker @ Fitzroy School Hall
    3. Wellington – AGM (Please see the separate event for dinner to follow the AGM) @ Sprig and Fern Tavern
      4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Calling All Veggies!

      The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Vegetarian Society is a membership organisation dedicated to serving the needs of its members and promoting vegetarian and vegan lifestyle within the Greater Wellington Region. The active voluntary committee are involved in a range of projects including: organising monthly events/socials for all vegetarians and vegans in GWR, giving talks to schools on vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, running a mentoring scheme for those wishing to go veggie or vegan, hosting the vegetarian society stall at public festivals etc.

      Come and find out more about how you can join and get involved with their various projects at their AGM/pre-dinner drinks.

      Get Involved, Make a Difference, Join the Committee

      They can only do what they do through volunteers giving their time to make it happen.

      Being on the committee means work and having fun.

      They meet four times a year at each other’s houses, share a meal and plan what needs to be done. They attend the AGM once a year.

      They have a big social calendar, mentoring scheme, educational programme, attendance/presence at festivals etc.

      Committee members take on specific projects, that they are interested in, and work on these in between the meetings.

      There are some specific roles or offices – President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary that require some additional responsibility and input. Having been on a committee before will help someone taking on these roles.

      A good way to start off is becoming a general committee member and helping out with the projects and helping the officers with their work.

      To be on the committee you must be a current member of the Vegetarian Society and be proposed and seconded by two members. It is a good idea to have a short statement on why you want to be on the committee and what you’d like to do and what skills and/or ideas you can bring.


      Current Vacancies:


      Treasurer – some experience in this role previously would be good. Character references maybe required due to the level of responsibility.

      General committee member

      Please contact Maya Hammarsal – Secretary on functionallives@mac.com if you are thinking of joining the committee and want more information.

      4:00 pm
      Wellington – AGM (Please see the separate event for dinner to follow the AGM) @ Sprig and Fern Tavern
    4. Wellington – Dinner (to follow AGM) @ Cosa Nostra
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Following up on their very popular Christmas dinner, they will be revisiting the Cosa Nostra. Pre-booking essential, admittance by pre-payment only.

      Set vegan menu priced @ $45 per person.

      RSVP to Lyndsay – eventswellington@gmail.com by Wednesday 6 August, to confirm your payment and reserve a seat. Sorry no refunds.

      Payment made to: ANZ Wellington. Account: NZ Vegetarian Society 11 7200 0800039 11.


      Italian Trattoria

      Cosa Nostra is a licensed and BYO restaurant


      For the table

      Pizza Bianca

      Pizza bread brushed with garlic infused olive oil and rosemary


      Topped with fresh tomato, basil, walnuts and olive oil

      Secondi Piati

      Vegetariana Pizza

      Eggplant, capsicum, kalmata olives and pomodoro sauce

      Pepperonata con Polenta

      Medley of capsicum and olives slow cooked with roast tomato on toasted polenta

      Gnocchi ai Funghi

      Mushrooms and garlic with coconut milk


      Cheesecake al Cioccolato

      Dark chocolate, hazelnut and silken tofu cheesecake

      Tre Gusto del Gelato Carello

      Three flavours of authentic Italian gelato

      6:00 pm
      Wellington – Dinner (to follow AGM) @ Cosa Nostra
  2. Aug

    1. Christchurch – Under 5′s Preschoolers Group
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      Please contact the Christchurch Branch of the NZ Vegetarian Society for more information.

      10:00 am
      Christchurch – Under 5′s Preschoolers Group
  3. Aug

    1. Christchurch – Vegetarian Youth Group
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Please contact the Christchurch Branch of the NZ Vegetarian Society for more information.

      7:00 pm
      Christchurch – Vegetarian Youth Group
  4. Aug

    1. Wellington – Animal Rights and Wrongs @ Wellington Access Radio 783am
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      Animal Rights and Wrongs is hosted by Julie Gunn, with support from Debra Ashton and Eric Wolff.  Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am on Wellington Access Radio 783am.  The programme includes the latest news on people working for animals. Regular topics include the factory farming of hens and pigs, dairy farming, live sheep exports, animal research, Kaimanawa horses, fur farming, veganism, environmental issues, palm oil, animal sanctuarys, zoos, animal and eco friendly fashion, cruelty free cosmetics, hunting, and celebrities campaigning for the rights of animals.  Also expect great kiwi music, What’s On in Wellington and tips on how you can help the animals.  Sponsored by Opportunity for Ynimals.  Find their stores at 4 Bay Road, Kilbirnie and 162 Riddiford St, Newtown. Visit the Animal Rights and Wrongs Facebook Page.  You can listen live or download later:

      9:00 am
      Wellington – Animal Rights and Wrongs @ Wellington Access Radio 783am
    2. Whangarei – Informal Cafe Meet-ups @ Indulge Cafe
      10:30 am – 12:00 pm

      Vegans and vegetarians meet casually at Indulge Cafe in Cameron St on Saturday mornings at 9.30am.  The word is out that if you pop along to the cafe after visiting the Growers Market or shopping the chances are (but no guarantee)  you will find some vege folk there.The cafe provides a few vegan food items too.

      10:30 am
      Whangarei – Informal Cafe Meet-ups @ Indulge Cafe
    3. Christchurch – Raw Vegan Group
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Please contact the Christchurch Branch of the NZ Vegetarian Society for more information.

      6:00 pm
      Christchurch – Raw Vegan Group
    4. Auckland – 2014 AGM and Conference @ TBC
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Open to committee members, branch committee members, local group co-ordinators and volunteers.

      Saturday 23 August, 1pm – 5pm. Followed by an Awards/Thank you dinner (location TBA) at 7pm.

      Sunday 24 August, 9am – 3pm.

      1:00 pm
      Auckland – 2014 AGM and Conference @ TBC
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