Why vegan?

There are loads of great and important reasons to choose a vegan lifestyle including these. . .

For animals

Show compassion

More animals suffer in food production than any other aspect of animal abuse. Empathy for animals is one of the main reasons why people become vegan.

For health

Eat well. Live well.

A vegan diet has been shown to significant reduce the risks of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters and positively impacts longevity and quality of life.

For the environment

Save the planet

Switching to a vegan diet is the single most efficient act you can take to reduce your environmental footprint on the planet.

Recommended films

Feature films and documentaries

HOPE: What You Eat Matters – Feature film

HOPE – What You Eat Matters is a new, life-changing documentary uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet on our health, the environment and animals, featuring Jane Goodall, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Vandana Shiva, Melanie Joy and many other experts.

Live and Let Live – trailer

Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.

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Cowspiracy – trailer

The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

How to watch

Speciesism- trailer

Takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners. You’ll never look at animals in the same away again.

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The Emotional World of Farm Animals – documentary

The Emotional World of Farm Animals is a delightful documentary for viewers of all ages about the thinking and feeling side of animals that are all too often just viewed as food.

Earthlings – Feature film

Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. Covering pet stores, puppy mills, and animal profession, Earthlings includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism, and speciesism.
WARNING: Contains graphic content that may shock and upset.

Forks Over Knives – trailer

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

How to watch

Useful links

For more information on the whys and hows of being vegan in New Zealand, check out these groups.




About the Vegan Expo

Beginning in 2016, the Whangarei Vegan Expo is an annual event that exhibits the very best of veganism. Stallholders from around the country showcase their plant-based products and services, while speakers and presenters share the benefits of veganism. Previous years have seen 1500+ attendees, international guests, fun cooking demos, delicious food, live music and much more! We can’t wait to see you!

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