The Veg and Vines conference

In 2018 we held the first conference dedicated to plant-based health in Australasia. In 2019 we are focused on bringing together likeminded practitioners and members of the public.

If you’re interested in plant based diets, healthy living and health promotion, have an interest in business and sustainability of our medical systems then this is the conference for you!

Who should come
We’ll be bringing together experts in the whole food, plant-based diet and sharing the experiences of those who have been involved in this industry. This conference is aimed at healthcare professionals, especially general practitioners, nurses, and allied staff, but is also open to interested members of the public.

Why is there need for this conference?

  1. To raise awareness of the importance and benefits of a plant-based diet
  2. Connect and build network of practitioners who are interested in this approach
  3. Share new ideas for improving health in NZ

Attendees can expect to:

Participate in workshops (if attending on the Friday). This is a good opportunity to engage in small groups with experts. In order to see who is speaking and what they are speaking about please see the speakers page.

We are strongly interested in sustainable approaches to weight loss, maintaining and improving health, managing and where possible reversing/curing chronic diseases. We are also interested in the role of prevention within the health care system.

Who is organising the event?
This conference is being run by exercise physiologist Morgen Smith and Dr Nick Wright on behalf of our registered charity the Plant Based New Zealand Health Charitable Trust. Dr Patrick McHugh is also a board member. More information is available on request.

Both Nick and Morgen are keen plant-based diet/lifestyle enthusiasts and teachers of lifestyle change.

What previous work has the trust done? 

The PBNZHT has been running research in the community, which teaches a whole food, plant-based diet to community members. The members of the trust have a strong interest in research, with Dr Duncan (public health physician and medical officer of health) and Dr McHugh (general practitioner and emergency physician) having been involved with many various trials over the years. Morgen Smith is an exercise physiologist. Dr Nick Wright works alongside Morgen in the day-to-day running of the programme.

Ticket pricing

Please see ticket page. There is early bird ticket pricing. All profits will go back to the charity and pay for the expenses of the conference. Any further profit will be put towards future work of the charity which runs plant-based education programmes in the community.


We are not affiliated with the popular music festival Rhythm and Vines.

Gisborne Summer Activities

The city of Gisborne really comes alive over the summer months. We hope that by traveling to the East Coast for the conference you will be able to enjoy some local activities before and after the conference.

Student discount

Please get in touch for a student discount via your university email address.