The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Social Justice Week 2015

The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week.

In 2015 we looked at family poverty and what it would take for all families in Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish.

According to the 2014 Child Poverty Monitor, 24 per cent of New Zealand families with children experience income poverty. We hope to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges struggling families face today in Aoteraoa New Zealand.

In 2015 for Social Justice Week, we produced a short documentary called Kiwi Families: It's Our Story featuring four community groups across Aotearoa New Zealand and the families they walk with. We had the privilege of capturing a glimpse of what it is like for struggling families in New Zealand today and to hear stories of hope from whānau and communities who are responding.

We invite you to watch this short film while considering the issues facing families and whānau in your parish or neighbourhood, and thinking about how families and communities are responding.

What are your responses to the issues faced by whānau in this film?

What does it take for all families to flourish? Mahia! Time to act!


Big or small, elaborate or simple, formal or informal, we invite you to make your own event.


Write to your local MP, councillor, decision makers and share with them your top three essentials that you believe every family need in order to flourish.

What are our leaders doing to ensure all families in New Zealand can flourish?


Be the change you want to see!

Take the first step to connect - it could be as simple as sharing some baking and a cup of tea!


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