The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand speaks out for justice 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, welfare, and cultural diversity; 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 local and international dimensions - for example, the rights of indigenous people.

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Find out about what we are working on at the moment and how you might be able to add your voice.


Caritas highlights the issues of poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand in areas including social welfare, employment, children’s work and housing. Globally we focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and food security.

Environmental justice

Caritas highlights the grass roots voice of environmental change and advocates for policy and action that will provide justice for present and future generations.

Indigenous peoples

Caritas works to raise awareness and seek change to address issues experienced by our Tāngata Whenua partners in Aotearoa New Zealand and in West Papua overseas. 

Emergency response

Caritas advocates for justice and peace in response to conflict situations, including in the Middle East and South Sudan and provides input to New Zealand’s legislative response to emergencies. This is grounded in our humanitarian relief work.


A key part of our advocacy work involves making submissions to Parliament and government departments on key policy and legislative changes, and 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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