Caritas staff member Tara D'Sousa meeting with a group of women in Nicaragua.


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Who we are

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Mahitahi - Catholic Overseas Volunteers. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

Caritas staff member Tara D'Sousa meeting with a group of women in Nicaragua.
  • We provide community development and emergency relief overseas
  • We educate and advocate on social justice issues to counter poverty and injustice in New Zealand and overseas
  • Gospel values and Catholic social teaching underpin our work
  • Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has 18 staff based in Wellington and two in Auckland
  • We are part of Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies
  • The Caritas network operates in over 200 countries and territories, supporting the poorest and most vulnerable, regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality

Who we are

Pukekaraka Marae, Otaki.

Our values and principles

Caritas’ work for justice and peace is inspired and guided by Scripture and Catholic social teaching. We also seek to uphold and live by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi - the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Caritas staff January 2014.

Our people

Caritas head office is in Wellington where 22 full and part-time staff are located, and a further four staff are based in Auckland.

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Our partners in Tonga.

Our partners

Caritas partners with organisations that support and advocate for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

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Cardinal Delargey meets Pope Paul VI, who laid the groundwork for the international Caritas network.

Our history

Caritas in Aotearoa New Zealand grew out of Catholic concern in the 1950s and 1960s for justice and a fairer distribution of the world's resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to key questions that people often ask us.

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