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Santa comes to Family Court

Fri 24th December 2004

Santa Clause visited the Waitakere Family Court on Christmas Eve to deliver a present for the Judges and court staff. In some European traditions, children who are very badly behaved are said to get a lump of coal instead of presents – this Family Court received a whole bag!

Santa Clause

Afterwards, Santa joined Union of Fathers protesters across the road from the court. He said that he was very upset that so many children would not see their fathers this Christmas because of the court’s unjust rulings. “I have met up with the Ghost of Christmas Future, and he tells me the future for the NZ Family Court is not looking good”, he told MENZ Issues.

“Next year I might have to encourage more Santas to come down from the North Pole and let the court know how unhappy we are with their performance.”

Union of Fathers chairman Jim Bagnall said: “we’re here today to ensure that children become the source of co-operation, not conflict.” He is very critical of organisations and individuals who make their money from encouraging disputes when relationships split.

Also protesting outside the court was Sonia Robinson (holding the purple banner in the photo below), who is active with Fathers 4 Justice in the UK. She said has been delighted to find so many like-minded activists on the far side of the world. She said that next year after she returns to England, she and some friends are planning to get arrested at one of the many protests orchestrated by F4J.

Kerry Bevin
Sonia - Fathers4Justice UK
Union of Fathers outside Waitakere Court
Ben Easton

2 Responses to “Santa comes to Family Court”

  1. Peter Burns says:

    Don’t Quit
    When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest if you must,but you don’t quit.
    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As everyone sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about
    When he might have won had he stuck it out;
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
    You may succeed with another blow –
    Success is failure turned inside out –
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
    It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

    VC 216 Lith in Italy

  2. Join the Santa March-4-Family Justice on Dec 17, 2005:

    http://www.f4j.ca/Santa_March-4-Family_Justice.htm

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