12pm – Healthy vegan living at all ages

Nicole Mathewson

12pm – Healthy vegan living at all ages Sophie Weenink Sophie Weenink is a teenage vegan from Nelson who has a passion for helping animals, people and the environment. Sophie will speak about how easy it is to live a healthy vegan lifestyle and the many reasons why we should choose a cruelty free way of life. She hopes to teach families that being vegan is a positive move for their health – regardless of age. You can find out more about Sophie on her Facebook and Instagram pages called Ecogirl NZ. “I know I will be vegan for the…

12.45pm: TALK – Tara Jackson: The connection between exploiting animals for food and animal testing

Nicole Mathewson

The connection between exploiting animals for food and animal testing Tara Jackson (Kāti Māmoe), New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society Executive Director Tara has worked for NZAVS for six years now and has extensive knowledge of the animal experimentation industry. NZAVS is a non-profit organisation that campaigns to end animal experimentation and defend the animals used in science in Aotearoa. Tara is also the founder of the popular online resource A Guide to Vegan, where she spends her spare time promoting vegan-friendly products, recipes and restaurants to make veganism easier for people living in Aotearoa. She has been vegan for about eight years and…

11.15am: TALK – Sharlene Wilson: Meet the Animals

Nicole Mathewson

Meet the animals Sharlene Wilson, Canterbury Tails Animal Rescue founder Canterbury Tails is an animal rescue and sanctuary in North Canterbury. It all started when Sharlene was contacted about a much-loved pet pig who had outgrown his home and sadly there were very few options for him. It was then that Sharlene realised how at risk these unconventional pets are. Paul now lives with Sharlene at Canterbury Tails. The rescue, which became a registered charity in 2020, now helps other unconventional pets and abandoned animals find safe forever homes. Sharlene share stories of the animals she meets to show that these…

10.30am: TALK – Jessica Strathdee, From dairy farm worker to animal rights activist

Nicole Mathewson

From dairy farm worker to animal rights activist Former dairy farm worker Jessica Strathdee will talk about her experiences as a dairy farmer and her consequent journey to being an animal rights activist. Whilst the dairy industry likes to paint a picture of idyllic farm life, Jess will talk from first-hand experience about the systemic abusive farming practices necessary to participate within the dairy industry which led her and her partner to leave it and to educate the public about the horrific realities of Aotearoa’s dairy industry.

1.30pm: TALK – Dr Martyn Williamson: Make your vegan diet your best medicine

Nicole Mathewson

Make your vegan diet your best medicine Dr Martyn Williamson Dr Martyn Williamson moved to New Zealand from the UK in 1986. He has spent the last 35 years in rural general practice, mixing this with a teaching and research role at Dunedin School of Medicine. He has always been passionate about helping people thrive, and over the last five years has turned his focus to helping people prevent, reverse and cure their chronic illnesses. He and his wife Liz were nominated plant-based practitioners of the year for 2019 and in 2020 they both obtained an international certification in Lifestyle…

2:15pm: TALK – Dr Anthony Raizis: Climate in crisis: What difference would a vegan diet make?

Nicole Mathewson

Climate in crisis: What difference would a vegan diet make? Dr Anthony Raizis Globally, atmospheric carbon dioxide is increasing at the rate of ~2.5ppm per year. Actions that are most likely to have the biggest effect in reducing emissions or increasing sequestration will be discussed along with the greenhouse gas efficiencies of different food groups. Dr Anthony Raizis received his PhD at Otago University. His research interests are in cancer genetics research and diagnostics, the molecular mechanisms associated with the onset of cancer, genetic diseases, nutrition and ageing. Dr Raizis also has a keen interest in environmental issues, and sustainability.…