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Caritas Social Justice Week

September 10, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Caritas Social Justice Week

The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week. In 2015 it runs from 13-19 September, and this year we are looking at family poverty and what it would take for all families in Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish.

According to the 2014 Child Poverty Monitor, 24 per cent of New Zealand families with children experience income poverty. We hope to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges struggling families face today in Aoteraoa New Zealand.

This year for Social Justice Week, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has produced a short documentary - 'Kiwi Families: It's Our Story' - featuring four community groups across Aotearoa New Zealand and the families they walk with. We have had the privilege of capturing a glimpse of what it is like for struggling families in New Zealand today and to hear stories of hope from whānau and communities who are responding.

We invite you to watch this short film while considering what are the issues facing families and whānau in your parish or neighbourhood, and thinking about how are families and communities responding.

Watch the film here