Posts Tagged ‘Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’

Pacific climate funding must prioritise the poor Comments 0

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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. At the G20 summit in Australia on the weekend, Prime Minister John Key pledged $3 million to the Fund, but said New Zealand would continue to focus on the Read more

Oceania voices lend weight to urgency of climate action Comments 0

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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. “People across Oceania are already losing shorelines and experiencing rising temperatures and unusual weather patterns that have Read more

NZ should use its voice at UN to get climate change funding for Pacific Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

New Zealand should use its voice at the UN to get more international climate change funding to the Pacific communities that most need it says the director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Julianne Hickey. “At United Nations level we certainly need for there to be a commitment from the countries that are causing the environmental challenges Read more

Pasifika say no more climate change reports – do something Comments 1

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
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The United Nations Climate Change Summit began on Monday in New York. The Climate Change Summit is trying to find agreement on ways to limit further environmental damage. “The people most affected – at grass roots level and on the coastal edge – must be part of those discussions,” says Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand director Julianne Hickey. Read more

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand gives $20,000 to help Gaza Comments 0

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has contributed an initial $20,000 to support a humanitarian response to the emergency in Gaza. Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict. More than 775 people have been killed during Israeli attacks, with more than 100,000 Palestinians Read more

Kumara and giant yams sustaining life in Tonga Comments 0

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Funaki Vehekite grows food crops such as kape, taro, yam, cassava and squash at his farm in Tonga. It allows him to support his family and keep his five children in school. He is the secretary of a farming collective called the St Anthony of Padua group The collective is part of Caritas Tonga’s sustainable Read more

Mufti Mania day to help cyclone damaged school in Tonga Comments 0

Friday, June 20th, 2014
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The New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals Association in partnership with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are encouraging Catholic primary schools to get involved in this year’s Mufti Mania Day, Friday 4 July, by wearing mufti to school in exchange for a gold coin donation. When Cyclone Ian hit Tonga in January 2014, the roof of St Read more

Caritas’ SingOut4Justice competition winners announced Comments 0

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Over 30 young song writers from around New Zealand composed lyrics and performed songs on ways to help improve the lives of people struggling with poverty, oppression, injustice or hopelessness, for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s SingOut4Justice competition. The annual competition invited students from all colleges and high schools across the country, to consider ways a Read more

One day of difference for a lifetime of change Comments 1

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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I arrived at Challenge 2000 in Johnsonville, a night with friends in a cosy cardboard box beneath a starlit sky was too good to pass by. The Wellington wind had fled; stillness paired with the embers crackling, huddled closer, marshmallows devoured in flame as stories swept us elsewhere and nothing mattered anymore save each other, Read more