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Sun 21st September 2014

A Feminist adjustment in New Zealand Election

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 12:28 pm

Old sayings are often a reflection of a different era and in effect become modern day myths. One such saying that comes to mind is that men only vote for their wallet. When they had families to support they may have been more inclined to do so, but this election has put the saying firmly in the myth category.

The National Party has seen an impressive win under our current electoral system (similar to the German MMP system); did men go running to National because of their wallets? No, of course they didn’t, Labour was offering a $2.00 an hour increase in the minimum wage.

Did men abandon Labour? Yes, of course they did as was discussed in NZ Labour and the feminist election campaign; even they admit it.

Was that enough to give National such a resounding success or is there more to it than that? (more…)

Fri 19th September 2014

Internet Mana Feminist Party

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 2:23 pm

It came out loud and clear as far back as July that election 2014 was going to be the election of the feminist, or so THEY thought. Most of the relevant posts can be accessed through a previous post New Zealand Labour and the Feminist Election Campaign.

The post election analysis is going to be interesting, not only for what we might say here, but what the New Zealand media might actually say about it.

The campaign got even more overt when Internet-Mana announced that it WAS a ‘feminist party – one step up on Labour running a feminist campaign whilst trying to pretend that they weren’t really a feminist party. (more…)

Wed 17th September 2014

NZ Labour and the Feminist Election Campaign (2)

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 3:22 pm

This is a discussion that started back in a July post NZ Labour and the Feminist Election Campaign

The election wallpaper is pretty much all hung now and the pre post-election analysis is already beginning – as you can see in this article from Duncan Garner.

There are some interesting points coming out of a conversation with a Labour candidate: (more…)

Who’s Lying, Who’s Self-Justifying? Origins of the He Said/She Said Gap in Sexual Allegations

Filed under: Gender Politics,Sex Abuse / CYF — JohnPotter @ 9:21 am

The Woody Allen sex scandal of 2013 triggered a national conversation on who to believe, with people lining up on each side as if they knew what really happened.

Based on recent research on how people navigate the often tricky waters of sexual negotiation, Dr. Carol Tavris shows that it is entirely possible in some sexual assault cases neither side is lying, but instead both sides feel justified in their positions.

This talk was considered one of the best ever given at The 2014 Amazing Meeting.

Mon 15th September 2014

Dad’s evening in Wellington – Father & Child Trust

Filed under: Events,General — JohnPotter @ 4:14 pm

Father & Child are making a second attempt to get a branch started in Wellington.

Sun 14th September 2014

Family Court Lawyers ‘Feral’

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 7:58 am

Steve Taylor, who is eighth on the Conservative list, and will make it to Parliament if the party gets 6-7 per cent of the vote, is vowing to advocate for “radical change to the fractured and toxic matrix that is the New Zealand Family Court” if he is elected. He also promises to name offenders who have name suppression.


Increasing Drug Deaths for Men

Filed under: General,Men's Health — Downunder @ 7:33 am

Something that has become apparent to me during the last year is the sea change in the British Media around the reporting of men’s issues. I am not making any claim that their media has lost all sexist bias, but certainly there has been a significant change in the nature of their reporting.

When I saw this graphic, naturally it made me think, what is the situation in New Zealand?


Sat 13th September 2014

No vote for New Zealand Prisoners

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — Downunder @ 11:50 am

The subject was discussed recently in The Rights of Men (2)

Quinn’s Act passed in 2010 introduced a blanket ban removing the right of a prisoner to the vote. The law has been challenged by an Auckland Prison inmate, Arthur Taylor, as being inconsistent with our Treaty of Waitangi and our Bill of Rights.

A decision was released late yesterday NZ time by Justice Ellis as reported here by Radio New Zealand (RNZ). (more…)

Wed 10th September 2014

The right of the child to know

Many men who have visited the MENZ site will be interested in this decision which relates to birth certificates.

STUFF NEWS artice: the truth will shock boy

The complete article is quoted below: (more…)

The Rights of Men (2)

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 2:17 pm

Today we have an interesting case being heard in the New Zealand High Court, on the right of a prisoner to vote. Not a prisoner, eh …

… not expecting to be a prisoner anytime soon?

… doesn’t affect me?

Go back to The Rights of Men.


The Rights of Men

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:14 am

We often talk about the disposable male; I attribute this phrase to Warren Farrell, but only because that’s where I heard it first.

In being disposable the corollary is that male rights must also be disposable. Just to be clear, I am not talking male rights v female rights (which we often compare on this site) but simply our rights within a civil society.

At this point you’re thinking, ‘can I be bothered getting into this philosophical rubbish’? I just want to get on with my life.

But that’s just it, how can you get on with life when your rights are arbitrarily dismissed, impeded, or removed? (more…)

Tue 9th September 2014

Lotto Fathers Day promotion

Filed under: General — pcObelix @ 3:02 pm

Sexist or not.

The 2014 lotto promotion for Fathers Day featured 20 prizes…..

The 2014 lotto Mothers Day promotion featured 100 prizes……

I have asked lotto why, but as yet have not received a reply…….

Mon 8th September 2014

Important info for ALL young MEN

Filed under: General — triassic @ 3:02 pm

What I have learnt in this life is-

1. Injustice or the the lack of justice is unavoidable.

2. Justice is finite. It is estimated there is only 2 billion tons of justice in the universe.

Tue 2nd September 2014

Child Support 103 – What Remains of John

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 3:25 pm

The continuing story of John the Grain Farmer and The Drained Man.

It was a small funeral, mostly the grain farmers from the hostel.

The children sat with their mother, listening intently to the few men that got up and spoke about John, hoping they might hear a little about the father they never knew.

The three boys had only ever known what their mother had told them, that he was married to the land and not to her, although they didn’t quite understand how that worked. (more…)

Child Support 102 – The Drained Man

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 12:41 pm

The continuing story of John the Grain Farmer.

John was too old to be a farm labourer now, and nobody wanted to hire him anymore – he had no choice but to move to the city. He didn’t like the city but he hoped he could find work there.

The officer of the city always seemed to know where he was, and called on him once a month demanding the grain he owed the city, always checking to see that he wasn’t hiding anything that could be traded for grain.

He now owed the city more grain than he had ever produced in his best year. (more…)

Child support 101 – The Grain Farmer

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:07 am

There was once a grain farmer named John, who worked hard on his land and produced 10 tons of grain a year. His wife became annoyed with him, saying, the land was his mistress and that he did not pay enough attention to her.

She took their children and moved to the city.

John’s wife had no income and asked the city to support her because she had children to raise – she was given a house and money.

At the end of the season an officer from the city came to the farm and without asking took 3 tons of grain, telling John, it was to support his children. (more…)

Sun 31st August 2014

IRD’s Genocide of Separated Fathers

Filed under: General — Lukenz @ 2:21 pm

IRD pursued David Sharp for unrealistic fees and late payments for child support payments. Indeed there are three male suicides the news article. Establishing a pattern perhaps.

Sat 30th August 2014

Research in Australia and New Zealand on shared parenting and related areas

Filed under: Gender Politics,Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 9:15 am

Good Evening Everyone,

I am doing research on fathers, shared parenting, and related areas. I have been working on this area for about 25 years, mainly in Canada. I am now looking at the Global Shared Parenting movement and would like to do interviews with those in Australia and New Zealand. Please let me know if there are those you are in contact with who are interested in being interviewed.

Thu 28th August 2014

The Culture of Denial and Feminism

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 12:11 pm

When STUFF NATION put up their recent assignment, inviting writers to contribute to a debate on Equality in New Zealand (whether women have achieved equality in New Zealand society) I thought it might be interesting to look at this from the point of view of the background-role media play: whether media actually support equality of the sexes and which side of the equality debate they favour; accepting that equality is a collection of concepts as opposed to a defined word.

Media normally detest a culture of denial – it’s the noble cause of the journalist to be vigilant in the disclosure of truth for public consumption. In the face of war it can be somewhere between a challenging and fatal occupation, then at other times it throws up some interesting conflicts. (more…)

Tue 26th August 2014

Equality in New Zealand

Filed under: Gender Politics,General — Downunder @ 8:16 am

A Stuff Nation Assignment running at the moment – Are Women Equal in New Zealand poses questions about equality:

Maybe you think the fight for equality has gone too far the other way and it’s now men who are discriminated against in some areas…?

What do you think it would take, and what should we all be doing, for men and women to be seen as equals?


Mon 25th August 2014

Police abuse ‘No smacking law”

Filed under: General,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — Julie @ 9:38 am

You see someone doing something excellent for people and then you see them hurting people ….. which matters to you?

Sun 24th August 2014

Tauawhi Men’s Centre

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 2:48 pm

Tauawhi (Māori) to hug, embrace, support (one another)

Tauawhi Men’s Centre is located in Gisborne and its co-ordinator Tim Marshall has announced via STUFF NATION their intention to hold a hui – a hui promoting a men’s response to violence in Aotearoa. (more…)

Sat 23rd August 2014

Child Abduction

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Law & Courts — Had_Enough @ 6:16 pm

My 15 year old daughter was taken to Canada by her mother a few months ago. The Courts allowed this because they allow mothers to do most things don’t they, but I don’t know where she is now.

Fri 22nd August 2014

A Feminist Party?

Filed under: Gender Politics,General — Downunder @ 9:08 am

When I saw this article the other day it confirmed my thoughts – the ones I’ve been sharing in recent posts – that we are now seeing an overt feminist political-position.

Internet-Mana is a feminist party. No I didn’t say that. They did.

Dr Pani Farvid, an Iranian-born psychologist at AUT, [The Party's gender issues spokeswoman] proudly told a women’s election forum in Auckland last night that the Internet Party was “a feminist party”.

Any man in the party that had put his hand up for gender issues spokeswoman would have a big ‘D’ clearly visible on his forehead – it could only be a woman.


Wed 20th August 2014

2014 suicide figures released

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Men's Health — Downunder @ 3:05 pm

Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean today released the provisional annual suicide figures for the year ending 30 June 2014.

The total for the year was 529, which is the lowest number by two since the annual coronial figures were first produced for the 2007/08 year. There were 12 fewer suicides compared to last year, and 29 fewer than the 2010/11 year, which was the highest annual number recorded in the last seven years.

Judge MacLean said, “while it is encouraging to see a slight drop in numbers, the overall rate is still stubbornly high and disappointingly consistent.”

Of the 12 fewer suicides (more…)

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