Essay Winners


Go Vegan held an essay competition as a pre-launch promotion finishing on the 31st of July.

We asked for well-written essays by New Zealanders explaining why they are vegan, and the ways in which veganism benefits humans, animals and/or the planet.

Here are the results of the competition.


by Phill Spear

How did I become vegan? One minute I was a young red-blooded, rugby loving, beer swilling Kiwi male and then all of a sudden – vegan.

I believe that being vegan is about love; having love for all other sentient beings. So it seems appropriate that my conversion started with love, when I met my wife, Viki. I quickly figured out she was vegan but I didn’t ask too many questions. She didn’t push her views on me either. But after a while the questions were gnawing away at me. I’d never met a vegan before and the idea of veganism… read more.


Runner Up

by Jordan Wyatt

Just five years ago, living here in Invercargill, I’d never really met any “vegetarians”, and I *certainly* didn’t know what a “vegan” was! The only Vegetarians I knew in person were distant family members, from “The Far North” ( Christchurch ) and they were rather “alternative”. From extrapolating how you would die based on the lines and creases in your palm, sensing mystical energies in semi-precious stones and generally being a pain when ordering fish and chips from The Albatross takeaway while visiting Invercargill – “do they make small samosas? how much cilantro do they add?” – they were always… read more.


Third Place

by Emmy James

Right now, someone is crying for help. Someone is mourning the loss of her stolen baby. Someone has just been murdered. Simply for humans to consume.

I am vegan because I do not want to support an industry of violence. I am vegan because discrimination to anyone, whether based on race, colour, class, sex, sexual orientation, ability or species is wrong. I am vegan because these animals are our property; slaves who are denied the right to live their own lives. I am vegan and I am working to put an end to the property status of animals, hoping that… read more.


Highly Commended

by Sarah McCalden

Now that I am vegan, I wonder why it took me so long.  When I was born, my parents were vegetarian and we were the only vegetarian family I ever knew as a child growing up.  I remember one day when I was 7 or 8 years old my parents taking us to a restaurant and they told me I could try meat if I wanted to, but I didn’t.  Even then, I knew that it was wrong to eat meat.  When I was a young teenager, I became more aware of animal welfare issues, perhaps through conversations at school… read more.

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