Vegan Pasifika resources

Talofa, Malo e Lelei, Kia Orana, Fakalofa Atu, Bula and a warm Pasifika Greeting to you all!

Apollo Taito

Meet Apollo Taito!

Apollo is an NZ born Samoan, whose family hail from the villages of Vaie’e (Mum) and Sale’imoa (Dad). Apollo is married to a beautiful vegan Queen from Copenhagen, Denmark, and blessed with a beautiful Vegan Wildling daughter.

Apollo’s area of work is in Mental health and Addictions, with a particular interest in Pasifika governance within Aotearoa NZ, and building resilience in our young people. Apollo also serves as a Warrant Officer in the NZ Army Reserves, in addition he serves on two other governance Boards. He holds a Master’s in Health Management and a Doctorate in Health Science.

Apollo has been vegan since 2010 and acknowledges that he has been very lucky and blessed with the opportunities in his life, opportunities that many people do not have. Therefore, Apollo wants to ‘pay back and pay forward’ those blessings into our communities, especially as a member of a Vegan Board.

Apollo will coordinate our Pasifika outreach by promoting and advocating the benefits of veganism to the Pasifika community. Apollo leads our 21 day Pasifika vegan challenge, while contributing his recipes and advice to our members. Here you can:

Apollo’s mantra is “Give it a try, and change out one meal a day to vegan. Level up and do the 21 days Pasifika Vegan Challenge – it’s amazing what you achieve with small steps. You are not alone and can do so safely with support and no judgement. Always here to help!”

Join in our regular Vegan Pasifika Cookalong.

Livestreaming from our Facebook page. Stock up, tune in, watch and cook along as the fabulous and talented Augustine Kopa demonstrates how to create delicious magic!

Augustine, a mother of 4, is passionate about creating quick and easy meals that don’t compromise on taste for her family. She offers over 12 years’ experience in the hospitality industry where she learnt fantastic cooking tips and ideas from the best Maître’D and head chef in the Rarotongan hospitality trade.
Augustine is a keen organic gardener who likes to source local produce wherever she can. In the future, her dream is to own and operate a seasonal vegan food and coffee cart, travelling up and down NZ.
Best of all, she will be focusing on affordable meals that you can prep in 30 minutes or less – winning!
She cannot wait to meet you all.

Kick start your vegan journey with our 7 day Pasifika meal plan

Banana Pancakes

Quick sprout salad

Tofu coconut curry

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Plant based muesli

Green Banana Salad

Turmeric Manioke with vegetable Sapasui

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Banana Sago Pudding

Cauliflower wings

Sweet Soy noodles

View recipes here.

Cocoa Rice

Hawaiian jackfruit pizza

Fijian Dahl

View recipes here.

Banana coconut breakfast bites

Vegan Ota

Jackfruit and Chickpea curry

View recipes here. 

Cocoa Rice

Tomato, coconut ginger soup

Jackfruit Chop suey with noodles

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Wheat biscuits with fruit


Vakaloo Cabbage with rice

View recipes here.