Eat Right Symposium

Our dietary choices impact our planet, our health and the animals.

New Zealand’s second Eat Right Symposium will take place June 25th 2024.

Students from schools around Tāmaki Makaurau are invited to come and learn how what we eat impacts our health, the environment and animals.

Join us for a morning of inspiring talks, interactive workshops, Q and A sessions and delicious food! Meet other young people who are passionate about health, sustainability and animal rights!

This event will be of interest to 

– Students 13-17 years interested in health, environmentalism, climate change, and animal rights

– Teachers interested in PE, Health, Sustainability and Geography, Philosophy, English, History. 

– Staff and students who run groups on sustainability, climate change, health, animal rights, philosophy etc.

Grey Lynn Community Centre

from 9am to 1pm.

Registration is free*.

FREE plant-based catering and Goody Bags for ALL participants. 

*Limit of 15 per school

For more information, contact Amanda Sorrenson, or on 021 102 7317.

Meet our Speakers 2024

Jason Shon Bennett
Oli Allen
Steve Abel

Jaxon and Ella are the vegan trainers behind Auckland’s newest weights-based gym, Lift Club.

Tucked away in the city fringe suburb of Eden
Terrace, Lift Club is a weights-focussed gym run
by Jaxon Burton and Ella Webster, both experts
on building strength with a plant-based diet.

Jason Shon Bennett is a self-cured health researcher, inspirational speaker, author who inspires and educates people all over the world. Jason’s health transformation story took New Zealand by storm; Jason spent 20 years extremely sick born sickly and premature to a mother suffering toxaemia. Throughout his first 25 years he suffered asthma, constipation, bad skin, allergies, hay fever and fatigue, alongside regular colds, flu, bugs and sickness that would have him in bed for weeks/months every year. He was on Ventolin daily (up to 16 shots), regular steroid injections and Intal preventers. After being told many times he was “incurable”, and was sick of being sick (long before the internet, social media and globalisation), he began extensive research into the world’s healthiest diets and the medicinal properties of foods. Applying these learnings in his own life, Jason transformed his health and has not been ill nor taken asthma medication for over 30 years.

Talk Synopsis

Want to live long, stay healthy, have clear skin, heaps of energy and save the planet? Eat more plants. Learn how and why.

Oli Allen is an environmentalist and an animal caretaker. They found their calling when they joined the environmental committee in high school. This encouraged them to study Ecology and Zoology at the University of Otago where they developed a deep understanding of our ecosystems and how they are impacted by humans and the lives that we lead. Since then they have continued to develop their knowledge of environmental issues and the threats to our ecosystem while travelling around the world caring for animals. Through instagram and their website they aim to raise awareness about environmental threats and what we can do to help.

Steve Abel, Green Party MP, is an environmental and climate activist with 25 years experience.

He was part of the successful campaign to end native logging on crown land in the late 1990s; the GE free environment campaign in the early 2000s; the Greenpeace campaign to stop Marsden B coal fired power station in 2005; and the alliance with Te Whānau-ā-Apanui against Petrobras which led to a seven year campaign that culminated in the end to offshore oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa in 2018. He  is part of the urban tree protection group Mana Rākau. Most recently he has led the Greenpeace project to provide free nitrate water testing for rural people on bore supplies affected by dairy contamination. He has been an MP with the Green Party since 2023.

Amanda Sorrenson
Josh howell

Amanda is the national coordinator of the Vegan Society and is passionate about animals, social justice and the environment. She has been involved with advocating for animals since she was 12 when she became a vegetarian and a volunteer for SAFE.

Amanda loves food, cooking and sharing tips about how easy switching meals to plant-based can be.  She keen to inspire and empower people to help make the world a better place for people and animals.

Workshop synopsis
Amanda will be running a practical workshop demonstrating plant-based food subs!
Warning there will be lots of sampling different foods and discussions on how to switch out animal-based ingredients for plant-based ones!


Michael Khuwattenasenee is the brains behind Khu Khu eatery. He opened his first venture in the hospitality industry, The Taste, over in Devonport back in 2013. It proved incredibly popular with the locals, and in 2019 he decided to branch out with a fresh venture, Khu Khu! He was inspired to make it a vegan restaurant after completing a 30-day vegan challenge. While doing the challenge, he struggled to find any decent vegan places to go out to eat with friends. Thus, Khu Khu, a fully vegan Thai Eatery, was born.
Michael has a Master’s of Technological Futures and Entrepreneurial studies. He’s a purpose-driven entrepreneur at heart, with a variety of different business ventures on the go, including BioFab, one of the 2019 C-Prize Finalists. BioFab aims to rid the world of polystyrene by replacing it with eco-friendly fungi-based materials.

Josh Howell is an ultra-athlete  – walking the talk when it comes to healthy living. Right into fitness, he’s ticked off both a 100 mile ultramarathon and an Ironman as a plant based athlete. Josh is a Qualified Health Coach helping to empower people to take control of their own health.

Recent Sporting Achievements

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