April 2016 - The latest news from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Working for a world free
of poverty and injustice
Thank you to the many people and parishes around the country who have supported the Bishops' Lent Appeal this year.
To find out more about the difference your support makes to the lives of the most vulnerable, go online and read our Annual Report.

Over the next two months we are planning to phone a number of our supporters about our work.

If you would like to be contacted, or if you would like a hard copy of the annual report, please email to or phone us during office hours on 0800 22 10 22.

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Picking up the pieces: recovery in Fiji

Emergency Relief

From remote hillside settlements where families continue to huddle together in a single house, to a village having to manage the devastation in isolation because of a disease quarantine, the effects of Cyclone Winston are still fresh for many in Fiji.

Standing amongst what remains of belongings and exposed to the elements, the tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets and other emergency items being supplied by Caritas and distributed by our partner the Archdiocese of Suva’s Commission for Justice and Development (CJD) are obviously needed for people to start rebuilding their lives.

What’s needed to help deal with the emotional and mental impact is sometimes less obvious.

Donate to the Fiji Fund

Nepal quakes - one year on

Emergency Relief

One year after the devastating earthquakes that killed almost 9,000 people in Nepal, and Caritas continues to work with communities towards a full recovery.

The Caritas confederation is investing more than $59M over three years to help Nepal’s earthquake survivors recover from the disaster.


Caritas Challenge 2016!!

The Caritas Challenge was launched by schools and youth groups in every diocese in the country on 1-2 April and the annual event will run until 15 May. 

More than 11,000 young people are taking part and registrations are still open to groups that want to take on the Challenge - One Day of Difference for a Lifetime of Change! 


Making an impact on benefits


St Joseph's parish in Upper Hutt will host a 'Benefit Impact' event from 10-13 May, this means that people currently receiving a social welfare benefit will be able to check their benefit details with a trained benefit advocate.

The Benefit Impact is being jointly supported and run by Wellington Catholic Social Services, Hutt Valley BEST (Benefit Education Service Trust), and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. Further volunteers are also being sought for the event.




We are working with CRS (Caritas USA) supporting 30 vulnerable rural communities in Bamiyan Province to improve food security for poor households.

The programme is aimed at improving agriculture productivity and food security, while also preventing environmental degradation.




Our annual song writing competition SINGout4JUSTICE is now underway and this year's theme is 'the time is now!'. Entries are due by June 24.

This year students are able to enter online and we have also included a scorecard you can download to see how our scoring works.

Watch last year's winner in the senior category, Devon Wogan, sing her winning song, Hope on the horizon by clicking on the image above.


A prayer for the Year of Mercy

E Hēhu Karaiti, Jesus Christ,
your word is empowering
and your mercy reaches every person.
You encourage us to be compassionate and
merciful to people who are vulnerable.
Help us to act with aroha (love) and
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