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Tue 30th December 2008

Not the Dad, But Still Paying

Filed under: Child Support,Men's Health — Scrap_The_CSA @ 11:14 am

Interesting figures from the USA 

DNA test doesn’t stop Oklahoma man’s child support liability

Nearly 25 percent of about 3,000 paternity tests conducted by the state Department of Human Services from July 2007 through June ruled out the supposed father as the biological parent. Nationally, that number reaches nearly 30 percent, according to the American Association of Blood Banks. (more…)

Sun 28th December 2008

Rapists are getting too low a sentence

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Child Support,General,Law & Courts — Julie @ 11:41 am

A father has raped his 13 y.o foster daughter, repeatedly.

He has raped his previous foster daughter, too.

He is sentenced to 90 days jail.

Outrage grips the city and 10,000 people march on the Court demanding that the Judge be sacked and charged with perverting Justice.

They demand that the Prosecutor is sacked and charged too.

The newspapers run the story on page one for three weeks. The letters to the Editor page is full of venom demanding 20 years jail for the rapist.

Actually, no.

It was a woman who raped a 13 y/o boy. (more…)

Wed 24th December 2008

No Christmas Trips for “indebted” Aussie Dads

Filed under: Child Support — Scrap_The_CSA @ 9:24 am

SEPARATED parents who have failed to pay their child support could be stopped from leaving the country this Christmas unless they pay their outstanding debts.

Watch Peter Dunne pick up on this for his National Masters. (more…)

“Rethinking Supervised Contact“

Filed under: General — Julie @ 2:56 am

Address to Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services
3 November, 2008
Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier

Summary for parenting orders granted in the last 12 months:
Total Interim Parenting Orders with Contact 3324
Total Parenting Orders with Contact (Final) 4967
Total Parenting Orders with Contact (Interim or Final) 8291

Supervised Contact
Interim Parenting Orders with Supervised Contact 666
Parenting Orders with Supervised Contact (Final) 375
Total Parenting Orders with Supervised Contact (Interim or Final) 1041

Supervised Contact with an Approved Provider

Interim Parenting Orders with Approved Supervised Contact 253
Parenting Orders with Approved Supervised Contact (Final) 122
Total Parenting Orders with Approved Supervised Contact (Interim or Final) 375

You will see that of the total number of contact orders we make, the proportion of supervised orders is slight. Only about 1 in 8 cases of contact are required to be supervised.
Of the 1,041 orders we made for supervised contact, 375 were with approved providers. So the majority of supervised contact orders we made appear not to fall within state funded provisions.

Read more

BTW, do keep up with the site below if you are interested in news of what other groups do and to help with activism.

Tue 23rd December 2008

Lesbians, gays and bisexual more likely to fall pregnant than hetrosexuals

Filed under: General — Julie @ 7:52 pm

Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens in British Columbia are at a higher risk of becoming pregnant or causing a pregnancy than their heterosexual peers, ……. which was published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

This research article, which compares findings from the 1992, 1998 and 2003 surveys, showed girls who described themselves as bisexual were nearly twice as likely as girls who said they were heterosexual to have been pregnant. And in 2003 lesbian teens were more than 2.5 times as likely to have been pregnant at least once.

Male teens who described themselves as bisexual or gay were between three and four times more likely than heterosexual boys to have impregnated a girl in 2003 — which is actually a decline from earlier surveys.


Domestic Violence (Enhancing Safety) Bill

Filed under: General — Julie @ 5:48 pm

Men didn’t vote enough for a political party that would have spoken up against this bill in it’s first reading. But what does that mean?

2 things.

1. Political parties pro men have 3 years to get more men’s support for the next election.

2. The world has not ended yet. There is still work that can be done without political parties being pro men already. Other groups are playing the game too. Some had a better chance with labour but have not given up their goals because they didn’t get the political party they wanted in.

They lobby each politician in parliament today and put a tick against their name if they are in. They then go to work on the others who they do not have support from.


These are the details to the bill.

Mon 22nd December 2008

Gendered News

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 2:55 pm

Truck flips onto walking woman

Responsible party-goer killed by car

Police name 20-year-old hit by car in Gore

These are actual links to headlines I saw on the Stuff site today. Note that the one headline about a woman being harmed specifies her gender. The two headlines about men being harmed – killed actually – don’t bother to mention they are men. This is a widespread media tendency.

Why does it happen I wonder? I claim that it results from, and amounts to, subtle undervaluing of men’s lives and welfare compared to that for women. Any alternative explanations?

People leave NZ in droves

Filed under: General — Vman @ 2:41 pm

The exodus of migrants to Australia hit a record in the past year, while tourist numbers from north Asia are slumping badly because of the global economic slowdown.

In the past 12 months, 35,300 or almost 100 people a day have left for Australia. That is the biggest flood on record and higher than the previous peaks after the 1987 sharemarket crash or in the late 1970s.

Click on link above for full story.

The article doesn’t say so but you’ll find that most people leaving are males and married families.

The reasons are far more than economic. In fact people with poor job security are more likely to stay where they are since they can rely on help from the state and from family. Immigrating is always a bold move that carries some risks.

The reasons record numbers of people – dominated by skilled males – are leaving New Zealand are a statement about New Zealand society. IMHO.

Sun 21st December 2008

Sydney: Woman knifes young man and police

Filed under: General — Vman @ 3:59 pm

A Sydney woman is in hospital after being shot by police when she attacked officers with a knife.

Police were called to an address on Iron St in North Parramatta at about 1.30am today with reports that the 48-year-old woman was threatening a man with a knife.

When they arrived, the officers were themselves threatened by the woman. (more…)

Data matching at the border – Whats next?

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 12:03 pm

More than $1 million in late child support payments has been collected by Inland Revenue through a new information sharing arrangement with Customs.

Whats Next?

Fri 19th December 2008

Lesbian mum disappears with gay dad’s son

Filed under: General — Vman @ 5:42 pm

Click here for original source.

Ashley Skinner, seven, hasn’t been seen for four years by his father Michael Turberville.

He is believed to have been taken to Australia last year by his mother Joanne Skinner, a trade union worker.

The President of the High Court’s Family Division has taken the unusual step of lifting the reporting restrictions that apply in children’s cases in the hope that publicity will help trace the boy.

Sir Mark Potter said: “This is a boy who has been snatched by his mother during court proceedings intended to decide how much contact he should have with his father. (more…)

Thu 18th December 2008

Judge their values by their actions, not by what they say.

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — MurrayBacon @ 5:06 pm

You must be the judge, to protect your children:

Boy’s abductors avoid jail terms
December 18, 2008, 12:43 pm

A father and daughter who admitted abducting the woman’s young son in Hamilton in 2006 have been sentenced to home detention.

Dick Halton Headley, 70, and Kay Halton Skelton, 38, pleaded guilty in the High Court at Hamilton in October to a single charge of abducting Skelton’s six-year-old son. (more…)

Woman, 33 rapes child, kicks out husband, gets pregnant to child and has child kicked out too.

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — Vman @ 3:50 pm

A 33-year-old mother was charged with having sex with a minor three weeks after she found out she was pregnant to the boy, a court was told.

The woman was remanded on bail till February 13 for trial in the Timaru District Court after depositions before justices of the peace yesterday.

The woman uttered one word yesterday “No” when asked whether she wished to plead guilty to a charge of sexual connection with the boy, then aged 15, between July and September this year. (more…)

Mother murders 2 year old daughter, gets 100 hrs community work.

Filed under: General — Vman @ 3:41 pm

A Dunedin mother of five who killed her 22-month-old daughter earlier this year escaped a custodial sentence today.

The 27-year-old, who has permanent name suppression, admitted infanticide after an initial charge of murder was dropped.

She hit and smothered the girl for crying incessantly, leading to her choking to death on regurgitated food.

In Dunedin High Court today, Justice Graham Panckhurst said the woman could not be held fully responsible as she was severely depressed at the time of the attack.

He sentenced her to two years’ intensive supervision and 100 hours of community work.

Peter Ellis – commission of enquiry

Filed under: General — Julie @ 3:23 am

If you are visiting from overseas and don’t know of this case; here is a link to pick it up.

Back to today….

Once again the Government is asked for an inquiry to this case after three terms of left wing. Today we have the National Party in leadership. They certainly weren’t put there for John Key’s lack of experience.

Peter Ellis talking of the vested interests of officials in the Ministry of Justice: “I have high hopes that [Mr Power] will have the moral courage and political will to certainly listen to the advice of the [Justice] ministry, but to remember that if the ministry consists of the same career bureaucrats that have been in charge of [the case] for the last 17 years … that they have a vested interest to leave it as the status quo.”

Peter Ellis has always stated his innocence and after he had served his 10 year sentence he stayed in prison where he has now served 15 years because he cannot get parole unless he states he is guilty. And he won’t. They say, “Anyone with half a brain can see this man is innocent.” I am of the opinion it is not the brain that the left lacks. It is something else ….

Wed 17th December 2008

Family First – News

Filed under: General — Julie @ 9:49 pm

1. UNICEF: Daycare is “A high-stakes gamble with today’s children and tomorrow’s world”

Evening Standard (UK) 11 Dec 08

The drive to push mothers back to work is leaving children at risk of long-term emotional damage, Unicef warned today. A detailed study of childcare policies found that leaving under-threes in all-day nurseries made them more likely to be aggressive, disobedient and lonely. The Unicef report, which draws on extensive scientific and psychological data, recommends that all children should, where possible, be cared for by parents at home during the first 12 months of life. READ MORE
READ Full report http://www.unicef.org.nz/page/241/InnocentiReportCard8.html
READ “Extended Childcare No Miracle for Children” by Bob McCoskrie http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10462594&pnum=0

NZ childcare use near top of Unicef list

The Press 12 December 2008
Tens of thousands of Kiwi toddlers are being booked into childcare at world-leading rates and our world-lagging rates of paid parental leave are taking some of the blame. A new report by Unicef rates New Zealand 23rd out of 25 countries for effective paid parental leave. Kiwi parents get 14 weeks paid parental leave. The average in the rest of the developed world is approaching one year. The Unicef report also shows the childcare rates for the nation’s under-fives are among the highest in the world. READ MORE


Tue 16th December 2008

Mum stole paper round money, punched girl

Filed under: General — Vman @ 7:20 pm

A woman who demanded her 9-year-old daughter’s paper round money before punching her in the back of the head did it because she was “stressed”, a court has heard.

The 34-year-old solo mother pleaded guilty to a charge of assault on a child in Dannevirke District court yesterday, for the incident on December 1. (more…)

Mon 15th December 2008

Thanx to Lucy for this… we have a chance!

Filed under: General — Julie @ 10:15 pm

The National Party has gone crazy putting through laws lately without anyone’s say. But… we have a chance now.

National is expected to pull back on the number of bills it will push through under urgency as it starts its second week in government.

Legislation giving police the power to issue on-the-spot protection orders for victims of domestic violence would be given a first reading then be sent to select committee this week. (more…)

Men’s platform – Italian style

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General — Julie @ 4:38 pm

Thanx to Counter feminist for putting this together with help from Italy and also Factory for putting it it up on his site. This is teamwork after all. Sooooo, what do you think? Is it good enough for New Zealand? Is it relevant?

PRINCIPLES AND GOALS: UOMINI 3000 – MENS MOVEMENT (Translated from the Italian by R. Randazzo)

Uomini3000 is a movement of opinion characterised by the following principles and objectives:

– PRINCIPLES Uomini3000 recognises and affirms:

1. The existence of natural differences between the genders.

2. The extreme immorality of certain social forces, and at the same time, the very real opportunity that these forces have to deny, ignore, compromise, and repress these differences and any expression of them.

3. The necessity of cooperation between the genders, and at the same time the inevitability of opposition between them.

4. The scientific inconsistency and dubious morality of any claim by one gender to describe the state, condition, needs, experiences, or the value of the other gender.


Uomini3000 defines the current situation in the following terms:

The law and men …. how bad is it?

Filed under: Law & Courts — Julie @ 8:11 am

There was a time when I believed that justice may be blind but surely it is not dumb. I figured (naively) that students actually studied the law and that all people were protected under it. In a funny way it was like a security blanket and I got on with life believing that the law had my interests at heart and that of my family and friends.

I guess, the child within me wants to continue to believe this … but as I get smacked around the head with reality from time to time, I find myself in disgust of the world I live in.

How can it be that lobby groups have more control of the way the world works than ordinary working class people? How can lobby groups have more power than politicians or judges? (more…)

Sun 14th December 2008

Subtle Feminist Propaganda

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:39 am

A recent article on National Radio Morning Report (5 December 2008) showed again the subtle ways that feminist mythology is constantly promoted. The article reported that violence had now overtaken all other causes (such as road and work accidents) for facial injuries requiring surgery or reconstruction. The medical specialists referred to the numerous “people” who came in to hospital with such injuries, especially on Friday and Saturday nights after drunken violence. It was emphasized that the violence “mainly involves men”. One medical specialist was reported to say “the behaviour of men must change”. Another talked about “all these drunks who have beaten themselves up” using up the hospital resources. One particular case was mentioned of a man who had been injured. However, the article did not say anything about the gender ratio of victims. Various types of injuries and situations were described (e.g. pub fights, broken cheekbones) but all without reference to gender, except for the situation of “women being brought in by Women’s Refuge because their boyfriends had beaten them up”. The article then played an excerpt from “Once Were Warriors” with a man menacing a woman. The article then quoted the Ministry of Social Development’s claim that “its campaign against family violence will help”.

So what’s the problem with this article? (more…)

Big Sister State

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:02 am

I have previously warned that anti-terror legislation now allows the NZ government to spy on and to repress political movements it doesn’t like. The Clark government was happy for people to think the so-called “Tuhoi raids” were about Maori activists, because this obscured the fact that the legislation allowing those raids removed every citizen’s rights big time and allowed police and security services almost unlimited power to spy on anyone they wish to and to terrorize them with military uniforms and weapons. More pakeha than Maori were targetted in the operation that included the Tuhoi raids. Today’s Sunday Star Times article stands as a warning to us all, both about potential spies in any political movement that the government might feel uncomfortable about, and about the importance of moderating our comments and avoiding threats of violence or subversion.

Fri 12th December 2008

How Boys Speak When No One Listens

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Men's Health — Julie @ 4:18 pm

by Warren Farrell, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech, the 2006 Amish and Vermont killings, and Columbine make us cry out, … What’s making our children kill? In fact, it is not our children doing the killing. It is our sons. Yes, violence in the media, the availability of handguns, and poor family values are part of the problem, but our daughters are of the same family’s values, are also exposed to violence in the media, and also able to find the same guns in the same homes. And our daughters are not killing. (more…)

Christmas BBQ

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 10:58 am

Hi Guys,

Happy Christmas and a huge thanks for your support of Father and Child this year!

We have established our Auckland team, launched the new magazines, had many dads and agencies connect with us, plus attended our first Parent and Child show.

Our support for dads is now local, phone or in person and early next year we will be available from a small office at the Onehunga Community Centre. (more…)

Thu 11th December 2008

Taiwan: Mum forces her children, under 10, into prostitution.

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — Vman @ 6:20 pm

From correspondents in Taipei

December 11, 2008 03:00pm

A TAIWANESE woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for forcing her three underage daughters into prostitution

The woman, identified only by her surname, Wei, was convicted of forcing her daughters, then aged six, seven and 10 years old, to work as prostitutes between 2005 and 2007, said an official at the Tainan district court.

The case came to light when Wei’s oldest daughter complained to her teacher, who then reported the matter to police.

The girls have been placed in foster care.

Nine men aged between 32 and 78 were also found guilty of raping the girls and received prison terms ranging from three to 20 years.

They have ten days to appeal the ruling.

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