Social Justice

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Refugee Powhiri Welcome Volunteer Project

Wanted: volunteers to be part of a team who welcome former refugees and migrants to our city.

We are partnering with Araiteuru Marae, the Red Cross, Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council and other community organisations to create a uniquely Dunedin welcome for newly-arrived former refugees and migrants. This will involve hosting four powhiri a year. We need 10-15 volunteers from our community to be part of this important venture. Even if your knowledge of the Maori language and Maori customs is very limited you are still very welcome to be part of this.

What is involved:

1.    Come along to the Powhiri at Araiteuru Marae on Saturday July 14 from 10.45am -4.00pm. Once you have been part of the powhiri welcome you are considered family and can then be among those who show hospitality. (If you can’t make it on this day other arrangements can be made.)

2.    There will be a training day for volunteers. Date to be advised

3.    Then commit to some of the powhiri (even 1-2 a year) as part of the hospitality team.

For more information speak to Fr Gerard ([email protected]) or Lynne Toomey ([email protected]

JustPeace Dunedin

 Doing justice, loving mercifully and walking humbly with God ( Micah 6:8)

There is a new Dunedin Justice and Peace Committee called JustPeace Dunedin starting up in our Diocese. Meetings are held at 7pm every 4th Thursday of the month at the offices of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, 518 Castle Street.  Please come and join us or contact Lynne Toomey ([email protected]) or Jeremy Simons ([email protected]) for further details.



Catholic Social Teaching Resources

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. We are working on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. Click here

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Click here

Faith Doing Justice is a great website full of great resources on Catholic Social Teaching. Click here

 Eureka Street is a publication of the Australian Jesuits. It existed as a monthly, and briefly bi-monthly, print magazine for 16 years, commencing in March 1991. Today it exists as a vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the Things That Matter in Australia and the world. Click here