The way society responds to the needs of its poor through its public policies
is the litmus test of how just or unjust a society it is.
- New Zealand Church Leaders, 1993
We address structural causes of poverty. The wellbeing of many of the poorest nations are affected by decisions and policy of many wealthy countries – including New Zealand – on debt relief, trade rules and aid policy.
Within Aotearoa New Zealand, government policy on social security, work and employment are key factors in the wellbeing of our citizens. Caritas speaks out for the economic wellbeing of all.
We work through campaigns; submissions on legislation; and other forms of advocacy such as letter-writing and delegations of people to key events. Some key statements by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) on economic justice are:
• NZCBC: Debt: an intolerable burden, 1998
• NZCBC: Poverty in an affluent society, 2008