The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Emergency relief

Caritas responds to emergencies around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand. We aim to save lives, reduce suffering, uphold human dignity, and meet people's basic needs – regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.

In emergencies, we respond to needs and requests of our development partners and through the Caritas Internationalis confederation. Caritas also provides input to New Zealand’s legislative response to emergencies.

Wherever a disaster occurs, one of our partners will be there, coordinating local people and supplies to provide an effective and efficient response. 

Following an emergency, aid organisations such as the Caritas network provide emergency bulk supplies quickly, which is the most effective way of helping people on the ground - much more effective than sending food and other goods as an individual.


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