Posts Tagged ‘Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’

NZ gives Pacific Island states a voice at Security Council Comments 0

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Our government has done the right thing in using its role as chair of the United Nations Security Council this month to give Small Island Developing States, (SIDS) the opportunity to air concerns, says Caritas Director Julianne Hickey. However she believes New Zealand needs to ‘walk the talk’ on the security and wellbeing of Pacific Read more

Poverty and Justice Bible launch – buy one gift one free Comments 1

Friday, July 31st, 2015
p and j bible 2

A Poverty and Justice Bible campaign will be launched with an event hosted by Cardinal Dew on 13 September. The campaign has not only received the support of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference but also endorsement from Cardinal Peter Turkson in his capacity as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A Read more

Clean green image a mere veneer Comments 4

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Climate change minister Tim Groser last week announced that Zealand’s provisional target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 which is equivalent to 11 per cent below 1990 levels. This target has been condemned as inadequate and some critics are saying New Zealand’s clean green image is Read more

Ursula Rakova’s island home disappearing Comments 0

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Ursula Rakova, who was born in the Carteret Islands, is visiting New Zealand. The Carteret atoll is only 1.2 meters above sea level. Originally there were six islands, but Huene was split in half by the sea and so now there are seven. In 1995 a wave ate away most of the shorelines of Piul and Read more

Caritas provides Pacific perspective for Laudato Si’ Comments 1

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s chief, Julianne Hickey has been in Rome recently and was in meetings preparing for Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si’. She was able to give an input from the Pacific perspective where oceans are so important for the sustaining of life. Hickey was able to speak of what is happening to Read more

Small school with big heart raises 12.3k for Nepal Comments 0

Friday, June 19th, 2015
St Joseph's Art Fundraising for Nepal June 2015 (2)

St Joseph’s Primary School in Fairlie may be small in size, but the school of 45 students has shown they are big of heart by raising $12,352.57 for Caritas’ ongoing emergency relief work in Nepal. Year 6 student Ben Pawsey came up with the idea of an art auction to raise money for Nepal because Read more

Caritas calls for NZ to be ‘bold’ leader on climate change Comments 1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

It’s time for New Zealand to take charge and be a leader in climate change negotiations, says Caritas in a submission on the Government’s climate change target. In its submission, the Catholic agency for justice, peace and development said the Government’s consultation document “too narrowly sees our climate change contribution as a financial cost to Read more

The pain goes on in Nepal Comments 0

Friday, June 5th, 2015
CRS' distribution in Gorkha district in Nepal. CRS staff distributed shelter and WASH kits to an initial 1,250 people in a village in the district, which is outside of Kathmandu and had so far not received any assistance. 

On April 25, 2015, Nepal and India were struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. CRS, Caritas and its local partners are responding with much needed relief in the affected areas.

Photo by Jake Lyell for Catholic Relief Services

As media events, humanitarian crises come and go. The spotlight is no longer shining brightly on Nepal but the human suffering continues. Rain has already begun to fall and will intensify as the monsoon season begins, bringing landslides and disease to many already desperate communities. “We are shaken but not beaten; we shall rise as Read more

Nepal Earthquake: Shelter a priority for remote villages Comments 0

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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 the torrential monsoon rains arrive in a few short weeks. Thousands of much-needed tarpaulins and Read more

Caritas worker just back from Vanuatu now off to Nepal Comments 0

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

His bags aren’t even unpacked and Miramar man Mark Mitchell is already eyeing the next disaster zone. Mitchell is a humanitarian programme coordinator for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. He has just returned from Vanuatu. He arrived there just three days after Cyclone Pam hit. Now, though dates had not yet been confirmed, he will soon Read more