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Benefit increase a step in the right direction

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:37 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas has welcomed yesterday’s Budget announcement of an increase in base rates for beneficiaries with children as a long overdue step in the right direction towards addressing the poverty experienced by too many Kiwi families. More >>

Shelter a priority for remote villages reached by Caritas

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 9:24 am | Caritas Aotearoa

As Caritas' emergency response in Nepal moves into its second week and reaches ever more remote villages, initial Government estimates are that up to 500,000 houses may have been destroyed across the country - making shelter a top priority before ... More >>

Caritas working to expand relief outside Kathmandu

Friday, 1 May 2015, 2:41 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Almost a week after the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, and Caritas’ continuing relief work providing those in severely affected Kathmandu with emergency shelter, food, water and hygiene kits is being expanded outside the capital. More ... More >>

Caritas responds to massive earthquake in Nepal

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:16 am | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas is rapidly responding to a massive 7.9 earthquake that has hit Nepal. The epicentre was between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. Extensive damage has been reported, with loss of life and injury. More >>

Mud, sweat and cheers: the Vanuatu recovery in relief

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 3:15 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Thigh-deep in the same mud being cleared from underneath our four-wheel drive, the tropical rain begins to pour down on us again and the challenges of distributing relief supplies outside Port Vila, Vanuatu become very apparent. We’re just half ... More >>

NGO cooperation helps residents reclaim neighbourhoods

Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:02 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Groups of local men and women have taken to the streets of Port Vila, Vanuatu to help clean up the neighbourhoods hardest hit by Cyclone Pam as part of a joint Caritas/ Vanuatu Diocesan Disaster Committee (DDC)-Oxfam ‘Cash for Work’ programme. More >>

Vatican singer new judge for Caritas songwriting competition

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 3:10 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas’ SINGout4JUSTICE annual school song writing competition for Years 7-13 students will be judged by a panel that includes Laura Collins, a Wellington singer/songwriter who performed at the Vatican earlier this year. Ms Collins performed at the Voices ... More >>

Caritas worker reflects on aftermath of Cyclone Pam

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 3:12 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Mark Mitchell, Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, witnessed the devastation of Cyclone Pam and has been part of the emergency relief efforts to get food and shelter to those most in need. This week he returned home ... More >>

Caritas responding to growing homeless crisis in Vanuatu

Friday, 20 March 2015, 3:46 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas responding to growing homeless crisis in Vanuatu With more than half the population of Vanuatu homeless, the arrival in Port Vila of 2,000 tarpaulins in the next few days, to be used as temporary shelters, will enable Caritas to respond directly ... More >>

Public input needed on food in schools

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 4:26 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Public input needed on food in schools Government policy on providing food in schools needs input from families, teachers and students themselves, says Catholic social justice agency Caritas. Caritas' position is based on a small-scale research report ... More >>

Vanuatu Bishop says shelter a priority in Caritas response

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 8:50 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

As Caritas staff members head for Vanuatu to help coordinate humanitarian relief efforts after Cyclone Pam, reports are coming in from partners on the ground that shelter continues to be one of the biggest needs. More >>

Needs of vulnerable more important than potential tax cuts

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 2:49 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Catholic social justice agency Caritas says the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in New Zealand today are more important than potential tax cuts in 2017. In a written submission to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, the Catholic ... More >>

Caritas cautions against undermining RMA

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 3:05 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

The proposed Resource Management Act changes must keep promotion of sustainable environmental management as the main purpose of the Resource Management Act, and not use affordable housing as camouflage for significant changes, says Caritas. More >>

Typhoon Hagupit response highlights success

Monday, 8 December 2014, 4:18 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Despite 220kph winds and heavy rains lashing the Philippines since Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Typhoon Ruby) made landfall on Saturday, casualties from the storm have been minimal thanks in large part to aid organisations like Caritas working ... More >>

Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill "rushed"

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 4:14 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand say the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill is being rushed too fast through Parliament, and is not specific enough. The Catholic Church recognises the urgency of responding ... More >>

Teaching students to be protectors of the environment

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:59 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Warawara Forest resource aims to teach students to be protectors of the environment Caritas has developed an 80 page guide for teachers in ways to nurture kaitiakitanga (stewardship) of the Warawara Forest in Northland. It is called Te Warawara: Te Wairua ... More >>

Pacific climate funding must prioritise the poor

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 12:01 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas supports the government’s prioritising of the Pacific for direct climate change related funding, rather than making a major contribution to the global Green Climate Fund. More >>

Oceania voices lend weight to urgency of climate action

Monday, 3 November 2014, 5:28 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Voices from Oceania recently gathered by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in an environment report lend weight to the latest United Nations report calling for dramatic cuts in fossil fuel use to avoid catastrophic and irreversible climate change impacts. More >>

Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 2:13 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report More >>

Traditional local knowledge helps Tonga face climate change

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 2:17 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

In the face of increasingly severe storms and changing weather patterns causing drought and floods, Caritas in Tonga is integrating traditional local knowledge of plants and weather warnings with scientific observations to help communities prepare and ... More >>



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