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Caritas is a charitable agency which works to make a difference in the lives of people living with poverty or injustice. We work with a variety of groups including agencies such as St Vincent de Paul, Catholic Social Services and Christian Council of Social Services to promote the work of justice, peace and development around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We also work with a number of Parish and Diocesan organisations – such as schools, chaplaincies, social justice groups, tangata whenua organisations and Diocesan Justice Peace & Development Commissions - to help them achieve their goals in the local context. In addition to providing written resources, we can also usually assist with providing speakers and subject matter experts for workshops, seminars, parish or community events.


Joe Moeono-Kolio (Auckland and Hamilton Dioceses)

Joe has previously worked at the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy, and has been involved in overseeing pastoral, leadership and strategic development of Tertiary Vinnies as student leaders. Joe has also been director of Grace Ministries – an ecumenical ministry for creative young people in the arts, music and film space - and spent nine months at the Catholic Discipleship College in Auckland.

He is currently completing a Bachelor of Theology degree at Auckland University.

Joe is responsible for the Caritas relationships in the Auckland and Hamilton Dioceses.  |  (09) 360 3023


Joanna Viernes (Palmerston North and Wellington Dioceses)

Joanna graduated with a commerce degree majoring in public policy and has worked as a volunteer in the Advocacy and Research team at Caritas.

She was vice-president of St Vincent de Paul (Young Vinnies) for St Mary’s College, and is also the area head of Wellington for CFC-Youth for Christ Global Mission Foundation. Joanna has also been active in the Youth Council for the Filipino Chaplaincy in Wellington and in Cathsoc at Victoria University.

She attended St Mary’s College in Wellington and is responsible for Caritas relationships in the Palmerston North and Wellington Dioceses.  |  (04) 496 1782


Roger Ellis (Acting Christchurch and Dunedin Dioceses)

Roger is the Community Engagement team Manager for Caritas, based in Wellington. He is also looking after the Caritas relationships in the Christchurch and Dunedin Dioceses on an interim basis.

Before joining Caritas, Roger worked in communications and government relations in the private sector. He was also a former private secretary at parliament and a policy advisor in the government sector.

Roger graduated with a Master of Social Science degree (1st Class Hons) from Waikato University.  |  (04) 496 1339


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