As we celebrate the risen Christ, following the Lenten season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are reminded of the hope that Easter brings.
Pope Francis reminds us that the Easter message of the risen Christ is
"a message of life for all humanity that echoes down the ages and invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future".
Thank you to all our supporters who have donated to the Bishops' Lenten Appeal in support of our work for a world free of poverty and injustice.
There is still time to show your support and receive a tax receipt for the 2015-16 financial year. If you would like to donate and join us in answering the cry of the earth and the poor, please click on the button below.
A month ago Cyclone Winston devastated communities around Fiji, but with your support and in partnership with the Archdiocese of Suva we are continuing to respond to people's needs and providing hope by helping communities rebuild and flourish once more.
Your ongoing support gives hope to communities around the world.
Yours in Christ,
Julianne Hickey Director, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
Mark Mitchell, Senior Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator, describes his experiences during a recent trip to Fiji to support our partners in providing emergency supplies and helping people recover from Cyclone Winston:
It always amazes me just how resilient people are in the event of a major crisis, and today was no exception. Driving in to the area where Cyclone Winston came crashing through Fiji, we're still about 20 km from where the eye of the Category 5 storm made landfall (near Rakiraki on Viti Levu) and the scale of the impact is already very evident.
In this scene of devastation, the reconstruction of hope resounds with swinging hammers and gleams off piles of rescued building material.
Solomon Islands is one of our main partner countries and we work with both Church and community partners there responding to needs across the education sector, as well as water and sanitation needs and local conflict response.
Caritas Director, Julianne Hickey travelled with Senior Programmes Coordinator, Nick Borthwick to Solomon Islands this month and was able to fully appreciate the difference running water has made to villages on Malaita Island thanks to our programme there.
On March 8 this year parliament almost unanimously supported an amendment to ban zero hour contracts. The amendment would stop employers demanding workers be available for work without an agreement giving them guaranteed hours.
Last year we made a submission to the Employment Standards Legislations Bill about zero hour contracts and some of our recommendations were included in the amendments.