What’s happening in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, conventional battery cages will be banned in 2022, but are being replaced by another kind of cage: the colony battery cage. As part of a global movement, SAFE is working to free all hens from cages.

The conditions in colony cages were exposed in an investigation. Footage showed hens trapped beneath perches and left to starve to death; dead hens left to rot alongside live hens; severely de-feathered hens living in overcrowded conditions.

The majority of New Zealanders do not want hens confined in cages; demonstrated by a nationwide Horizon poll showing that over 70% of people don't want colony cages introduced, on the grounds of cruelty. Consumer pressure is causing businesses to move away from the use of cage eggs.

The following are just some of the food businesses in New Zealand that have pledged to, or have already gone cage-free.

NB. Some are cage-free in whole egg usage only. Please see company statements for further information.


Supermarkets and retailers

  • Countdown: cage-free North Island 2024; South Island 2025
  • New World, PAK’nSAVE, Fresh Collective and Four Square nationwide: cage-free 2027
  • FreshChoice and SuperValue nationwide: cage-free 2025
  • On The Spot: nationwide by 2027
  • Gilmours: nationwide by 2027
  • Trents Wholesale: nationwide by 2027
  • Write Price: nationwide by 2027
  • Shopwrite: nationwide by 2027
  • Raeward Fresh: nationwide by 2027
  • Bin Inn: cage-free by 2020
  • BP: already cage-free
  • Mobil: cage-free by end of 2018
  • Night 'n Day: cage-free by 2025
  • New World stores in Dannevirke, Carterton, Remuera (Auckland) and Metro Willis St (Wellington): already cage-free
  • Four Square stores in Featherston and Greymouth: already cage-free
  • Farro Fresh: already free-range 
  • Huckleberry: already free-range and organic 


Restaurants, cafés, takeaways


Hotel & Cruise

  • InterContinental Hotels Group: cage-free globally by 2025  (Holiday Inn & Crowne Plaza)
  • Accor Hotels: free-range globally by 2028 (Sofitel, Grand Mercure, Sebel, Grand Windsor, SO, Pullman, Novotel, Ibis & Ibis Budget)
  • Wyndham Hotel Group: cage-free globally by 2025 (Ramanda Suites, Resorts & Hotels)
  • Hilton Hotel Group: cage-free globally by 2018 (Hilton & DoubleTree)
  • Carnival Cruises: cage-free globally by 2025 (Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Holland America Line, Cunard, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O UK and P&O Australia)
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines: cage-free globally by 2025  (Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
  • Royal Caribbean: cage-free globally by 2022 (Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises)


Food Service

  • Compass Group (the world’s largest foodservice company): cage-free globally by 2025
  • Sodexo: cage-free globally by 2025


Food Manufacturers


These changes are part of a worldwide movement of food retailers who are phasing out cage eggs.