World Youth Day Cross at Pukekaraka Marae, Otaki.


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Aotearoa New Zealand

Photo: Mark Coote

Our work within New Zealand focuses on advocacy, education, development and prayer. We strive to make a real difference in the lives of people living with poverty and injustice in our country.

World Youth Day Cross at Pukekaraka Marae, Otaki.

Advocacy involves researching social issues and speaking out for the protection of poor and vulnerable members of our society and our world. Read more... 

Education about development includes providing information and resources for schools and parishes, justice and peace workers, and members of the public. Our education work encourages people of all ages to continue learning about and applying principles of justice, peace and development. Read more...

Prayer recognises that we are children of the one God, who calls us into one human family, whether we acknowledge God or not. It also keeps us humble and reminds us we are not alone in the task of transforming the world. Prayer and reflection material is included in our resources for schools  and parishes. Also see our Caritas Companions prayer newsletters.

We also work closely with an informal Catholic justice and peace network within Aotearoa New Zealand.

Aotearoa New Zealand

A Caritas group at a powhiri at Patiarero  Marae, Hiruharama.

Tangata whenua

Indigenous peoples is one of our five strategic goals.

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Members of the Justice and Peace Commission meeting in Wellington.

Justice and Peace network

Work for justice and peace based on Catholic social teaching is a constituent part of Catholic faith. A number of organisations in the Catholic Church in New Zealand share this focus with Caritas.

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St Anne's Catholic school, Christchurch.

Christchurch quake

Caritas maintains a long-term commitment to supporting vulnerable people and community recovery after the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-11.

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