The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Our mission

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

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:

Advocate and ensure the healing of relationships with the earth and all of creation

Protect the dignity of marginalised people and those affected by violence and crises

Strengthen our relationship with Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa

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

Increase the effectiveness and resilience of our organisation

 

Our Approach:

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. At the core of our work are the relationships with each other and our partners in this work.

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