The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


The Caritas education team promotes awareness and increases understanding of social justice issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching. We provide primary and secondary schools with a range of curriculum-based resources, which are supported by school visits and events. Find out more about each of these here and download our free resources. 

Lent in schools

The theme for Lent 2021 is A New Way Forward. In our changing world we all need to work together to find a new way forward to transform our world into one that promotes love, hope and justice for all.

Caritas Challenge

The Caritas Challenge is an annual event for schools and youth groups around New Zealand to demonstrate solidarity with those living with poverty or injustice.


Justice Leadership Days

Thank you to all the students and teachers that participated in Justice Leadership Days in 2021 - both in person and by Zoom!


Social Justice Week

Social Justice Week 2021 runs from September 12-18 and will highlight the Beatitudes with the theme of encounter and community.

Mufti Mania

Since 2007, Catholic schools around New Zealand have held a special mufti day each year to support small school communities around the Pacific.


The SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition has showcased some of the brightest musical talent in New Zealand for more than a decade. The theme for 2021 is A NEW WAY FORWARD. Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the world has changed. We are faced with the challenge of finding A NEW WAY FORWARD. There is a real need for love, justice and peace to be at the heart of any change as we have come to see so cleraly that we are all part of the one global family.



The KAITIAKI2SHARE competition for 2021 saw students of all ages send in great ideas for how we can all care for creation (people and the environment).

School Resources

Caritas produces a variety of high quality resources for both primary and secondary schools each year, particularly for Lent and Social Justice Week.

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