Posts Tagged ‘Caritas NZ’

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

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 2

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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

6000 youth sign up to Caritas Challenge Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Over 6,000 youth will be participating in Caritas Challenge events in New Zealand this week end. The Caritas Challenge is an annual 24-hour event for schools and youth groups during Lent At Garin College in Nelson, for example,  over 170 students are spending Saturday night in cardboard boxes on the school’s tennis courts and going Read more

World Cup injustice Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Where once an event like the Olympics or the World Cup may have been seen as a triumph of corporate and athletic enterprise, today’s world counts the cost of games much more carefully. Previous events have left countries with decaying venues and huge bills that take years to pay off. Local communities are increasingly unhappy Read more

Young leaders get ready for the Caritas Challenge Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Over 400 sixteen to eighteen year olds recently took part in the annual Caritas: Justice Leadership Days across every diocese in New Zealand. The young people, identified by their colleges and peers as leaders, came together to find out more about Caritas and the upcoming Caritas Challenge, 4-6 April. The days focused on Caritas’s work Read more

Caritas worker laments dire plight of Syrian refugees Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A New Zealand aid worker says the situation in overflowing Syrian refugee camps remains hopeless as the country marks three years of civil war. The brutal Syrian conflict has left an estimated 146,000 people dead, half of them reportedly civilians, and caused millions to flee. Aid experts say up to 4 million people could be Read more

Caritas publishes Lenten resources in te reo Māori Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has published its first Te Reo Māori version of the Lenten reflection programme, a booklet used for reflection, prayer and discussion of the Gospels during Lent. Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand says the Catholic Church recognises the importance of ensuring that people can pray, discuss and listen to Read more

Caritas helping Cyclone victims in Tonga Comments 0

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is  continuing to support Caritas Tonga to assist communities to recover and rebuild after Tropical Cyclone Ian devastated the Ha’apai islands of Tonga three weeks ago. It is estimated that 75 per cent of buildings in Ha’apai have been destroyed or have major damage. Crops, infrastructure and water supplies also having Read more