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What we do

Caritas delivers aid and supports development overseas, as well as advocating for justice in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad. We aim to make a difference in the lives of people living with poverty or injustice.

A New Zealand tutor (centre) sharing knowledge at a Rural Training Centre in Solomon Islands.

Working with partners around the globe, and supported by thousands of New Zealanders, Caritas:

  • promotes people-focused development in Africa, Asia and Oceania
  • provides emergency support after major disasters
  • provides skilled volunteers to serve development in the Pacific, through Mahitahi - Catholic Overseas Volunteers
  • advocates to change structures that cause poverty in New Zealand and overseas
  • educates and informs on the causes of poverty and injustice
  • promotes action for real change

What we do

Caritas staff launch the Environmental Report, Small yet strong: voices from Oceania on the environment, on St Francis Day 2014.


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand speaks out for justice to influence attitudes and create change at national, regional, and global levels.

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Marist College, Auckland.


Caritas helps teachers and students think about questions of social justice, peace and development - and to act justly in a global world.

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A rice growing group in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.


Caritas promotes authentic human development. This means development of the whole person. It provides for their economic, cultural, political, social and spiritual wellbeing.

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A woman washing dishes outside her tent in Haiti.

Emergency response

Caritas responds to emergencies around the world. We aim to save lives, reduce suffering, and maintain human dignity as we show our solidarity and shared humanity with those who suffer, and meet their basic needs – regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.

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Caritas and Mahitahi working together with a focus on the Pacific.

Places volunteers overseas

Caritas places skilled volunteers in the Pacific through Mahitahi – Catholic Overseas Volunteers.

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