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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of the
Caritas Internationalis network of 168 Catholic justice, peace and development agencies working in over 200 countries and territories around the world.         



Mufti Mania 2014

July 4 2014

St Joseph's Technical College in Tonga needs our help!

When Cyclone Ian hit Tonga in January 2014, the roof of the school’s industrial arts classroom was destroyed. Practical skills like woodwork and metalwork, which were taught in the classroom, are important in Tonga as many students go on to become carpenters, mechanics or involved in hands-on trades. The school tried teaching these subjects in the main school building, but the noise disturbed students in other classes and they had to stop.

Since 2007 Catholic Schools across New Zealand have raised over $100, 000 through Mufti Mania to support schools in the Pacific.










Mufti Mania Day - Friday 12 July 2013

Each year the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals Association (NZCPPA) organises a Mufti Mania Day to raise money for poor and vulnerable communities. Since 2007 they have partnered with Caritas to support a project.

Mufti Mania 2013 fundraising will go towards helping education in Tonga.

Thanks to Mufti Mania fundraising in recent years, New Zealand schools have helped primary students in Samoa, and kindergarten teachers in the Solomon Islands.

A new classroom for Safotu, Samoa

In 2010, Catholic schools raised over $20,000 to help Sacred Heart Primary School in Safotu, Savai’i build a new classroom, with support from Caritas Samoa. The classroom for Science and Home Economics will also double as a community centre for skills training and meetings after school’s over. The school is run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Nazareth, and has 190 primary students.

Principal Sr Maria Tevaga with students in the new classroom.

(Photo: Mark Mitchell/Caritas).

Training kindergarten teachers in Gizo, Solomon Islands

In the Solomon Islands, Mufti Mania 2012 funds have helped 12 kindergarten teachers gain new skills in Gizo Diocese. Training provided by a Solomon Islands early childhood expert Wryne Bennett was adapted from New Zealand’s Te Whariki model for the local context. Half way through the course, the teachers say it has made a big difference. They are using drama, teaching about culture, and developing their own resources.
Mufti Mania funds have also provided new tools for special training centres for young people in Gizo.

Rosemary Kylie enjoys time with the children at

St Eusebius kindergarten in Noro. (Photo: Adrian Heke.)



 Social Justice Week (9-15 September 2012) focuses on justice issues around food with a theme of

Fruit of the earth and work of human hands

The Catholic social teaching principle underpinning this work is the Universal Destination of Goods.

There are two central messages : * Food as gift and human effort      * Because we are a Eucharistic people we must be involved in

                                                                                                                                   ensuring people have enough to eat.

Grace Before Meals

Mufti Mania Days

Each year the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals Association (NZCPPA) organises a Mufti Mania Day to raise money for poor and vulnerable communities. Since 2007 they have partnered with Caritas to support a project.

Mufti Mania 2012 fundraising will go towards helping education in the Solomon Islands.

Caritas has worked with Church agencies in the Solomon Islands on development and relief since 2000. In June 2011, Caritas staff visited the dioceses of Auki and Gizo to find out what kind of help they needed in the future. Education came out strongly as a need, and this led to the Diocese of Gizo Education Project.

The Mufti Mania project has two parts. Part one will strengthen the workshops of three Rural Training Centres within the diocese. Part two aims to train kindergarten teachers from seven parishes across the diocese.

The Centres train young people in skills needed by the community. They encourage graduates to find work locally rather than having to migrate to urban areas. Subjects offered are: agriculture, health, food and nutrition, maths, English, business studies, carpentry, auto mechanic training, animal husbandry, eco-forestry, chain saw repair, and sewing machine repair.

The new project will contribute NZ$16,400 toward the upgrade of two Food and Nutrition Workshops in St Anne’s and St Therese’s Centres, and one Auto Mechanics Workshop in St Dominic’s in the Gizo Diocese.

Meanwhile the Kindergarten Teacher Training project will train teachers who are already working but do not have formal, early childhood qualifications.

The course has field based training, including practical observation components and classroom interaction. Graduates will either enrol for a Diploma of Early Childhood Education, or return to their parish kindergartens to continue teaching. The total cost of this side of the project is NZ$8,600.

Gizo Market, Solomon Islands

 Live Simply Day Friday 30 March  



Caritas New Zealand's Lenten theme for schools is Hearts filled with hope – recognising that good people everywhere have hopeful hearts.

Fundraising is an important part of educating for justice.  It shows tangible concern and compassion towards those who live with injustice or hardship.

 Live Simply Day on Friday 30 March 2012 is the ideal time to take action across New Zealand for Lent.

We do this by abstaining from our normal morning tea and lunch.

Instead we will provide a slice of bread for each student for lunch.

We ask you to support this Lenten sacrifice by donating the equivalent cost of a takeaway meal.

All funds raised will go to Caritas.

This film was produced as part of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Lent 2012 resources for schools


A partnership between Caritas Jerusalem and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. Shot on location in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Gaza by Caritas staff.

Caritas represents God’s love for all humanity. Caritas seeks a world in which the continued existence of extreme poverty is unacceptable. Zero poverty is possible if we act as one human family, as this video shows.