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. 


The theme for Lent 2022 is Building Dreams Together: Called to be Peacemakers. In our changing world we need to come together and find ways of realising our dreams. There is always hope of transforming our world for the better when we are guided by peace, love and justice in our lives.  

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.


Caritas Justice Chats

Caritas Justice Chats are a new initiative in 2022 where students leaders can engage with the Caritas team in a short online session looking at CST, inequality and justice ideas for the future. 

Social Justice Week

Social Justice Week ran from September 12-18 in 2021 and highlighted 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 2022 is 'TOGETHER. ONE FAITH. ONE FAMILY. ONE COMMUNITY.' Pope Francis reminds us that we are a single human family on a journey together and we need each other in community.


The KAITIAKI2SHARE competition has been running since 2020. Students of all ages have shared amazing original ideas on how we can all be better stewards and care for God's creation (both 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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