July 2016 - The latest news from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
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Help save lives in Syria

Emergency Relief

Caritas is continuing to respond to urgent needs inside Syria, particularly in Aleppo, and is focusing on providing healthcare and emergency supplies.

In the last two weeks, the situation in Aleppo has become even more dangerous for the 1.5 million people living there.

There are high levels of disease and many hospitals and medical facilities have been destroyed by bombing. There is also a shortage of doctors and medical staff, and those that remain in the city are in need of food and water.

Please help save lives by taking advantage of the last days of our dollar for dollar matched funding by the New Zealand Aid Programme. All donations will be doubled until 1 August.

Double your Donation for Syria
Select our Peace in the Middle East fund to donate to Syria

Every dollar you donate (before 1 August) to help the most vulnerable within Syria will be matched by the New Zealand Aid Programme.

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SINGout4JUSTICE winners announced!


A conversation with her grandmother in Aleppo, Syria, and the plight of Syrian refugees, was the inspiration for one SINGout4JUSTICE winner's song - among a record number of entries in the annual song writing competition.

More than 130 people took part, and the winning song writers were (from left above):

  • Naia Alkhouri, Yr 8, St Francis De Sales, Wellington                     Just Want Home
  •  Anna Tukuitoga, Yr 7, St Joseph's Catholic School, Paeroa     Justice For West Papua
  • Nikau Te Huki, Yr 12, Hato Paora College, Feilding                      Now or Never
A big thank you to all the students who entered SINGout4JUSTICE!

You are the voices of justice and peace.


Mufti Mania day 


Thanks to all the schools who took part in Mufti Mania this year!

Pictured is our Social Justice Education Coordinator, Michael Stewart, with students and the principal from St Teresa's School in Wellington showing their enthusiasm about raising funds for the John Bosco Primary School in Solomon Islands.


Crisis in South Sudan

Emergency Relief

Renewed fighting in South Sudan since the breakdown in a ceasefire and political agreement between rival factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army / Movement (SPLA/M) has killed more than 300 people. 

The fighting has engulfed the capital, Juba, forcing up to 40,000 people to flee their homes. 

Churches are offering shelter and protection for people in need, and Caritas is providing thousands of displaced people with emergency supplies.

We have been supporting programmes in South Sudan for the last two years with partners CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales) and Trocaire (Caritas Ireland). 




Kiribati is a nation which comprises low-lying atolls that are particularly susceptible to climate change.

We are working with women to improve knowledge of nutrition, coaching youth to teach others about climate issues and sustainability, and supporting agricultural livelihood programmes.

One of our key partners is the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru, who we work with through several small Catholic groups to deliver these programmes.


Easter Trading Bill


The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill passed its second reading and is now due to enter its Committee stages when Parliament resumes in the week of 8 August.  

The Bill would allow Local Government to set their own rules about shop opening hours at Easter.

Caritas is a long-time opponent of the Bill because of the impact on families and communities. 

Please consider writing a letter to your local Member of Parliament, asking them to use their conscience vote to oppose any further changes to Easter Sunday trading.


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