Mike O'Brien handing the Alternative Welfare Working Group's report to Mark Richards.

Speaking out - to influence and create change


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Speaking out - to influence and create change

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

Mike O'Brien handing the Alternative Welfare Working Group's report to Mark Richards.

Advocacy speaks and acts on behalf of others. It provides a voice for people whose voice is not easily heard.

Advocacy uses a range of tools and activities. Caritas' advocacy is well-grounded in thorough research. We also lobby politicians, organise meetings, pray, campaign, make submissions to parliament, and write letters to politicians, media and other organisations.

Caritas advocates on issues close to home such as work and employment, welfare, and cultural diversity; as well as global concerns such as the quality and quantity of overseas aid, unfair trade and the impact of climate change on the world's poor. Some of our work has local and international dimensions - for example, the rights of indigenous people.


Sarah Havell and Fr Michael McCabe greet each other with a hongi at the blessing of St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria, Wellington.

Cultural diversity

Cultural diversity celebrates different faces of our worldwide human family. We are particularly interested in culturally inclusive church communities, indigenous peoplerefugees and migrants, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Sr Catherine Hannan with Albert outside the Compassion Centre, Wellington.

Economic justice

In line with Scripture and Catholic social teaching, Caritas works for the preferential protection of the poor and vulnerable. Key issues include overseas aid, debt, employment and social security.

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Farmland in Aruchaur, Nepal.

Environmental justice

Caritas advocates for environmental justice for present and future generations.

Our understanding that we are stewards of God’s creation, our solidarity with the poor, and our respect for the common good make the issue of environmental justice the responsibility of every person.
- New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, 2006

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Students in Kenya sing about gender equality.

Human rights

Caritas advocates for the protection of human rights in New Zealand and around the world.In particular we focus on criminal justice and reconciliation, HIV and AIDS, the Holy Land and West Papua.

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A Peace Lamp from Palestine.

Peace and disarmament

Caritas’ work for peace is inextricably linked to development and seeking justice. Our two focus areas are cluster munitions & land mines and Peace Lamps for the Holy Land.

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