Norman and Peter fishing in the sea near Kapo, their village in Papua New Guinea.


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As an agency based in Oceania, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand considers our region a priority.

Norman and Peter fishing in the sea near Kapo, their village in Papua New Guinea.

We aim to allocate 70 per cent of our development funds to this region. Key development areas focus on:

  • livelihoods - sustainable agriculture and microfinance
  • climate change and environment
  • peace building and reconciliation
  • supporting young people
  • land use and rights
  • gender issues

The Oceania region covers a vast area, encompassing diverse islands, climates, geographies and indigenous peoples. Caritas funds development programmes in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, West Papua and Tonga. We also respond to natural disasters and civil emergencies in the region.


Kimbe Diocese, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea

Caritas’ work in Papua New Guinea focuses on sustainable livelihoods, improving health, disaster preparedness and education.

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Students at a Rural Training Centre in Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands

Caritas has a close partnership with Solomon Islands, in 2014 we bagan a programme which utilises the expertise of New Zealand tertiary education to help students in the Solomons.

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Members of the Caritas Ma’ufanga tapa-making group giving a demonstration at the Tongan National Cultural Tourism Convention.


Caritas is assisting people to improve their own livelihoods and adapt to the effects of climate change in Tonga. We have been working with Caritas Tonga since 1999.

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Br. Fredy Pawika ofm of SKPKC at the annual festival of Papuan culture in Jayapura.

West Papua

In West Papua we work with the Justice and Peace offices of the five Catholic dioceses (the SKP network) on issues of human rights and environmental protection and advocacy.

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