The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Who we are

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the NZ Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. We are working on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

  • We provide community development and emergency relief response here and overseas
  • We educate and advocate on social justice issues to counter poverty and injustice around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Gospel values and Catholic social teaching underpin our work
  • Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand staff is based in Wellington
  • We are part of Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies
  • The Caritas network operates in over 200 countries and territories, supporting the poorest and most vulnerable, regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality

Our mission

Caritas will be known as love in action. We unite with communities, especially in the parishes, colleges, marae, religious orders, schools and other Catholic agencies of Aotearoa New Zealand and Oceania to overcome poverty, protect lives and relieve suffering. 

Our people

Caritas head office is in Wellington where 20 full time and four part-time staff are located. 


Our partners

Caritas partners with organisations that support and advocate for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

Our history

Caritas in Aotearoa New Zealand grew out of Catholic concern in the 1950s and 1960s for justice and a fairer distribution of the world's resources.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to key questions that people often ask us.

Annual reports

Caritas publishes its Annual Report in March-April each year. Each issue reports on our activities and achievements for the preceding year January-December. It also includes a summary of our financial statements. Copies of recent Annual Reports are below. Please contact us if you would like a physical copy of the Annual Report.

Catholic social teaching

The foundation and guiding principles for all our work is Catholic social teaching, a body of thought on social issues that has been developed by the Church over the past hundred years.


Caritas staff can be contacted via email or by calling the office on the number provided. 

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