The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand speaks out for justice and mercy to influence attitudes and create change at national, regional, and global levels.

Advocacy speaks and acts on behalf of others. It provides a voice for people whose voice is not easily heard.

Advocacy uses a range of tools and activities. Caritas' advocacy is well-grounded in thorough research. We make submissions to Parliament, organise meetings, pray, campaign, and write letters to politicians, media and other organisations.

Caritas advocates on issues close to home such as work and employment, the wellbeing of the poor, fair treatment of refugees and migrant workers; as well as global concerns like the quality and quantity of overseas aid and the impact of climate change on the world's poor. Some of our work has national and international dimensions - for example, the rights of indigenous people and environmental stewardship.


Caritas highlights the issues of poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand in areas including social welfare, employment, children’s work and housing. Internationally our work reflects the teaching of the Church through the Gospels and Catholic social teaching such as encyclicals like "Laudato Si". 

Indigenous peoples

Caritas works to raise awareness and seek change to address issues experienced by our Tangata Whenua partners in Aotearoa New Zealand and other indigenous peoples overseas. 

Environmental justice

Caritas highlights grass roots voices on environmental change and advocates for policy and action that will provide justice for present and future generations.

Seabed mining

Based on seven years of listening to voices on the environment from Oceania, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand calls for seabed mining in national and international waters to be banned.


A key part of our advocacy work involves making submissions to Parliament and government departments on key policy and legislative changes, and based on Catholic social teaching ensuring the perspectives of marginalised and vulnerable people are heard.

You can search for and download all submissions using our resources filter page or download some of our recent submissions below:

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