Responding to poverty


Let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy.  Pope Francis: Misericordiae Vultus, 2015

Catholic social services works in partnership with parishes and other groups in the community to respond to issues of poverty and injustice present in our society.

In May 2016 we worked in partnership with St Joseph’s parish, Upper Hutt; the Hutt Valley Benefit Education Service Trust (BEST) and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand to host a Benefit Impact.  This gave beneficiaries the opportunity to be supported in checking they were receiving their full and correct entitlements. 

The parish provided a safe and welcoming atmosphere for over 60 beneficiaries to discuss their entitlements and receive assistance from more than 40 trained benefit advocates.  Many beneficiaries had not entered a church before and many advocates had not previously encountered the benefit system.  It was a transformative experience in many respects.  

Catholic social services and the Hutt Valley Benefit Education Service Trust are again in discussions to hold a second Archdiocesan Benefit Impact in late 2017. For more information, please contact l.beech@wn-catholicsocialservices.org.nz 04-385-8642

If you in the Wellington Archdiocese and need immediate assistance with a benefit, please contact:

·         Hutt Valley:  Hutt Valley Benefit Education Service Trust 04-529-8108

·         Wellington: Wellington people’s advocacy service 04-210-2012

·         Kaikōura: Te Tai o Marokura advocacy and budget advice: 03 319 5801