The Society of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand claims justice for the poor and works to influence social and economic systems to bring about positive change. We use the voice and good name of the Society to speak out on issues of justice and social conditions and address these concerns to both political and social institutions to effect change. We work with national politicians, Ministry of Social Development and national and Catholic media to identify issues affecting the poor.

In 2006 the National Council resolved to work alongside Caritas to combine practical grassroots experience together with analysis and research, to respond to Social Justice issues within New Zealand.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul in collaboration with Caritas has facilitated research into issues relating to social justice advocacy, submissions to the Select Committee including joint letters and statements on power disconnections, loan sharks and poverty.  The Society of St Vincent de Paul and Caritas have also worked in partnership on the emergency response to the Christchurch earthquake

Submissions List

2006       Submission on Tax Incentives for Giving to Charities

              Submission on Minimum Wage and Remuneration Amendment Bill

              Submission on Easter Sunday Trading Bill

2007       Submission on the Immigration Bill

              Submission on the Budget Policy Statement

2008       Submission on Discussion Documents on Easter Trading and Holidays Legislation

2009       Submission on the Corrections Amendment Bill

2010       Submission on the Social Assistance (Future Focus Bill)

              Submission on Responsible Lending Bill




2009       Letter to Hon Trevor Mallard on Power Disconnections

2010       Letter to Hon Bill English on Proposed Tax Changes

              Letter to Hon Paula Bennett on Welfare changes and Welfare Working Group

              Letter to Hon Katrina Shanks on the Future Focus Bill



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