The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

What we do

Caritas delivers aid, supports development and advocates for justice around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work to make a difference in the lives of people living with poverty or injustice.

Working with partners around the globe, and supported by thousands of New Zealanders, Caritas:

  • Promotes people-focused development in Oceania, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America
  • Provides emergency support after major disasters
  • Advocates to change structures that cause poverty around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Educates and informs on the causes of poverty and injustice
  • Promotes action for real change


Read our latest news, media releases and stories. Check out our regular publications for more details.

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.

He Oranga Taurikura

He Oranga Taurikura - A Thriving Life is a five year programme working with local communities in the Pacific and South East Asia where we will continue to reduce the impact of poverty with a focus on girls and women, refugees and migrants, and indigenous peoples.


Caritas promotes authentic human development. This means development of the whole person. It provides for their economic, cultural, political, social and spiritual wellbeing.


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand speaks out for justice and mercy to influence attitudes and create change at national, regional, and global levels.


Caritas helps teachers and students consider questions of social justice, peace and development - and to act justly in a global world.

Tangata Whenua Programme

We work with indigenous communities both locally and globally. In Aotearoa New Zealand, our tangata whenua programme includes work in the areas of advocacy, development and education with several Māori communities.

State of the Environment

We publish the Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania report each 4 October on the Feast of St Francis. Associated stories, video, comment and analysis are available online here. The work is carried out in close cooperation with other Caritas members and our partners on the ground in Oceania.

Refugees & Migrants

"...let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands."

- Pope Francis for the 51st World Day of Peace

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Tutu ana te puehu - Stirring up the dust