The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Our mission

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.

ONE HUMAN FAMILY: Transforming communities through enabling lives of dignity and hope.


Our Mission:

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand will be known as love in action. We unite with communities, especially in the parishes, colleges, marae, religious orders and schools of Aotearoa and Oceania to overcome poverty, protect lives and relieve suffering.


Our Vision:

Enable lives of dignity and hope by eliminating injustice and poverty, inspired and guided by the Gospels of Jesus and Catholic social teaching, and a loving personal encounter with people in need.


Our Values:

Catholic Social Teaching promotes the dignity of each and every person, along with their responsibilities, regardless of culture, ethnicity, gender or religion. Our work is shaped by these values, and in particular the principles of:

  • Human dignity – Te tapu o te tangata
  • Solidarity - Kotahitanga
  • Subsidiarity - Mana whakahaere
  • Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable - He whakaaro nui mō te hunga rawakore
  • Participation - Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou
  • Stewardship - Kaitiakitanga
  • The Common Good - Hei painga mā te katoa. 


Our strategic goals:

Reduce poverty – whakaitingia te pōhara

  • Reduce the incidence and impact of poverty

Environmental justice – tikanga taiao

  • Address environmental problems and injustice, focusing on climate change and its impact on the most vulnerable in the Oceania region

Indigenous peoples – ngā iwi taketake

  • Grow and nurture our relationships with tangata whenua of Aotearoa so that our advocacy and programmes respond to their needs and those of other indigenous communities

Crisis response – te whakautu ki ngā take mōrearea

  • Reduce the impact on the most vulnerable of natural and environmental disasters and conflict

Awareness and connection – mōhiotanga me te hononga

  • Inspire and empower Catholics in Aotearoa New Zealand to work for a world free of injustice and poverty.


Our way of being:

Within Caritas and in all our work, we seek to be the hands, ears, eyes and mouth of Christ; formed by his love and heart, we are ready to serve, to forgive and to speak with patience, wisdom, gentleness and perseverance.

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