The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Aotearoa New Zealand

Our work within New Zealand focuses on advocacy, education, development and prayer. We strive to make a real difference in the lives of people living with poverty and injustice in our country.

Our advocacy work involves researching social issues and speaking out for the protection of poor and vulnerable members of our society and our world.

As part of of our commitment to working with indigenous peoples, our advocacy and development work in this area is focused through our tangata whenua programme.

Education about development includes providing information and resources for schools and parishes, justice and peace workers, and members of the public. Our education work encourages people of all ages to continue learning about and applying principles of justice, peace and development. 

Prayer recognises that we are children of the one God, who calls us into one human family, whether we acknowledge God or not. It also keeps us humble and reminds us we are not alone in the task of transforming the world. Prayer and reflection material is included in our resources for schools and parishes.

We also work closely with an informal Catholic justice and peace network within Aotearoa New Zealand.


Kaikōura earthquake recovery

Following the earthquake in November 2016 Caritas helped the The Archdiocese of Wellington support the community of Kaikōura through Te Tai o Marokura, the social services organisation based at Takahanga Marae. Caritas has an existing relationship with the whānau at Takahanga through our tangata whenua proramme, it is a marae with a Catholic character.

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Tutu ana te puehu - Stirring up the dust