Vegan Society of Aotearoa

Eat Right Symposium

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New Zealand’s first Eat Right Symposium will take place atTAPAC (Western Springs) on June 7th 2023 from 9am to 1pm. Students from schools around Tāmaki Makaurau are invited to come along and learn how what we eat impacts our health, the environment and animals.

Join us for a morning of inspiring talks, fun activities, and delicious food! You’ll also meet other young people who are passionate about health, sustainability, and animal rights!

This event will be of interest to students 14-17 who care about health, environmentalism, climate change, and animal rights.

Teachers who may be interested in this include those include PE,  Health, Sustainability and geography, Philosophy, History. Staff and students who run groups on: healthy eating, sustainability, climate change, animal rights, philosophy etc.

It will open with a guest appearance by Steve Abel of Greenpeace followed by seminars and workshops with:

Jason Shon-Bennet health researcher, inspirational speaker, and author
Michael Nelson Davis street activist
Alice Shopland of Angel Food
Samah and Pere Huriwai-Seger from Aotearoa Liberation League
Irina Millar and Patricia Paynter of Daisy Lab
Steve Abel environmental activist

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

Registration is free.

With a limit of 15 per school

Book now to ensure your places

For more information, contact Amanda Sorrenson, 

at or on 021 102 7317.

Speakers this year

Alice Shopland

Alice Shopland founded Aotearoa’s first vegan cheese company Angel Food in 2006.

Since then, the Angel Food team have been striving to make plant-based food mainstream. Starting as a small importer of vegan products lead by local activist and foodie Alice Shopland. We’ve since grown our own small team to develop and produce dairy-free cheese alternatives right here in Aotearoa. Today, we have a great range of plant-based and allergy-friendly cheese products suitable for just about any diet.

The impact of our dietary choices is now widely recognized – for human health, the environment, social justice, and for the animals. But making conscious choices doesn’t have to mean missing out on comforts like good cheese.

Pere and Samah Huriwai-Seger

Pere and Samah Huriwai-Seger are activists and co-founders of Aotearoa Liberation League – or ALL – a charity which advocates for collective liberation. Pere and Samah will talk about their journey and experiences with activism, and how that led them to forming ALL. They will discuss why they see colonisation as the common enemy of animals, people and our environment, and how honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi can bring a positive outcome for all of us.

Patricia Paynter

Patricia is a passionate vegan and animal rights activist. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Property Degree. However, she now primarily works as a freelance social media and communications assistant for vegan start-ups and non-profits. She has been working alongside Daisy Lab since 2021. Daisy Lab is a bio-tech startup that was founded in 2021. Its mission is to produce animal-free dairy products using precision fermentation right here in Aotearoa. Irina Miller, CEO and co-founder, will discuss her journey to founding Daisy Lab and the science behind producing dairy proteins that are nutritionally identical to the dairy proteins produced by cows. Patricia Paynter, social media and communications assistant, will discuss what role she plays for Daisy Lab and the joys and challenges of being a mission-driven freelancer. 

Irina Miller

Irina Miller has been the CEO and co-founder of Daisy Lab since 2021. She is an experienced business consultant, entrepreneur and a recent TEDx speaker. During her career, she has worked with various start-ups and large corporates, across multiple sectors and geographies. However, after turning vegan and leaving Fonterra in 2017, her dream has been to produce animal-free dairy using precision fermentation in Aotearoa.

Steve Abel

Steve Abel 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 is the New Lynn candidate for the Green Party in 2023.

Jason Shon Bennett

Jason Shon Bennett is a self-cured health researcher, inspirational speaker, author who inspires and educates people all over the world.

‘Jason was simply the most popular speaker we have ever had’

Shelley, Major NZ Telco, September 2021.

Michael Davis

Michael is a Chef, and Body Builder and Youtuber with two channels! He surprises a lot of people because they never guess he’s vegan too! Michael does street interviews and also Mental health and Gamification content on YouTube. His passion is to help people become the best version of themselves through both of those outlets.

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Date And Time

2023-06-07 @ 09:00

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