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 are based in Wellington.
  • We are part of Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of 160 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 Aotearoa New Zealand's head office is in Wellington, with 18 staff working in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.


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 or April each year. Each issue reports on our activities and achievements for the preceding year from January through 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.

Organisational policies

Caritas develops and adopts organisational policies that bring us into line with world best practices as set out by the requirements for member organisations of Caritas Internationalis (CI) and the Council for International Development (CID).


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

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