Posts Tagged ‘Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’

Each of us has a migration story Comments 0

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand have set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week. In 2016 it runs from 11-17 September. In 2015 the number of persons living in a country other than where they were born reached 244 million for the world as a whole, a 41 per cent increase compared to Read more

Migrant worker paid $8 an hour; others not paid at all Comments 0

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Stories of migrant workers being exploited, with some paid as little as $8 an hour, have been revealed in a new report from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. Report author Cathy Bi said the story that struck her the most was of a girl who worked a shift at a restaurant, but was not paid because her Read more

Here’s a chance to really make difference – volunteer Comments 0

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Catholic Volunteers

For those who want to make a difference, but perhaps feel helpless about it, here is a chance to act on your dream. The Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s Programmes team may be able to match your skills to situations in the Pacific and elsewhere that could give you an opportunity to make good use of Read more

Catholic Volunteers Overseas broadens scope Comments 1

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Mahitahi “Working Together”, is now called Catholic Volunteers Overseas and been given a broader scope. The Catholic Volunteers Overseas programme also includes a variety of time periods for volunteering. The name change, made by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, follows on from the 2013 integration of Mahitahi into Caritas. The new phase offers “placements that are either short-term for a few Read more

New rental housing legislation; tenants could be exploited Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Tenants could be exploited under proposed laws requiring rentals to be insulated and have smoke alarms, Catholic advocacy and aid agency Caritas Aotearoa says. Under the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, (RTA) ceiling and underfloor insulation will need to be retrofitted in social housing by July, and in all other rental homes by July 2019. It Read more

Pacific voices have been heard at climate change conference Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Pacific voices have been heard at the Climate Change Conference in Paris, COP21. “It is through the actions of civil society and small island nations that the agreement recognises we need to keep a global temperature limit well below 2C, and work towards a limit of 1.5C to protect the most vulnerable states,” says Caritas Read more

Caritas Director to speak at Paris Climate Conference Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Director, Julianne Hickey, is bringing the voices of Pacific peoples affected by climate change to a global audience at the historic Paris Climate Change conference (COP 21) in December. She is one of only two leaders to represent the 165 member organisations of the Caritas Internationalis confederation and will speak at an event Read more

Wake up call for Oceania Comments 0

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

State of the Environment report for Oceania 2015 – Caring for our Common Home was released on October 4 by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. This report may help to wake New Zealanders and Australians up to the serious environmental problems exisiting in their own backyard. A Caritas indicator included in the publication gives a snapshot Read more

Family poverty – 26,000 kiwi kids in poverty Comments 0

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

This week is Social Justice week. The focus this year is family poverty. Almost a quarter of all New Zealand families with children experience income poverty. 2014 Child Poverty Monitor That means that these families live on less than 60% of New Zealand’s mean income. Only 37% of the adults in these families are in paid Read more

Syria – Morally indefensible not to help where I can Comments 0

Friday, September 11th, 2015

My role, as a journalist, should be to act as a witness; to report on the situation as a bystander and then leave it as I found it,” says journalist Rachel Smalley. “But an incident in 2013 changed my perspective on the Syrian crisis, and I now find it morally indefensible not to help where Read more