Posts Tagged ‘Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’

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

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
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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