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Thu 28th January 2010

Men’s Health Paper

Filed under: Men's Health — dontpet @ 1:35 pm

Hi MENZ Readers,

I work out of the Canterbury Men’s Centre which supports guys by telling them about local useful services and sets up projects relevant to men.

I find myself advocating for men in different government forums and I found this course really useful for me to make a solid case for men in the health and community sector. It is post-graduate level (you need an undergrad degree I think), and extramural (long distance learning works for it).

I didn’t catch even a whiff of feminism in the course content or design and found I could openly discuss my reflections on NZ men’s jouneys without getting bashed. It was also felxible enough to give me the basic info about men’s health, and allowed me to follow my special areas of interest.

I suggest you get in touch with the lecturer if you have any questions. You can also contact me if you want more info.


Fri 22nd January 2010

Acting like a MAN???

Filed under: General — triassic @ 10:15 am

Is the mother in the article Shock at ‘subjecting children to unimaginable and horrific living conditions ‘acting outside her normal gender role??? Is this possible?? If so then males must be capable of it as well. This then makes it a non gender issue…period.

James Cameron, when writing AVATAR, portrayed a society on planet PANDORA as being close to ‘mother’ nature but even James slipped up when he showed only the female of the species looking after the children. There needs to be a paradigm shift in the way males are portrayed in society, only then will all the bullshit in the courts disappear. Until then pull the hatch down and prepare to take a beating.

Thu 21st January 2010

The Tide Is Turning

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:57 pm

Here’s an interesting article from Carey Roberts, a US “commentator on political correctness”. He describes how the Democrat (Obama’s) candidate lost the recent Massachusetts senate election because she previously discriminated against a male and tried to keep him, but not females convicted of the same offences, in prison for sexual convictions based on ridiculous evidence, similar to but even more ridiculous than our Peter Ellis case. The US public appears to be losing respect for male-bashing women, and that will increasingly happen in NZ too. Robers writes: “Prosecuting innocent men for crimes they didn’t commit is no longer the sure-fire formula to electoral success it once appeared to be.”

Sat 16th January 2010

Men banned to sit next to children on airline flights

Filed under: General,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — Julie @ 11:37 pm

In 2005 airlines such as Air New Zealand and Qantas were found to have a policy that children and teenagers who are unaccompanied by parents or caregivers cannot sit next to men. Air New Zealand spokesman David Jamieson said the company had no intention of reviewing the policy and admitted that it had been in place for many years.British Airways also has the same policy which was revealed in 2001.

Ex Feminist leader of the Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro stated “children’s safety is paramount and she commends the airline for putting thought into how it can keep children safe.” Interestingly, her feminist ideology states that men cannot be trusted with children and they should not be encouraged to have a position of trust around children.

In return a number of men spoke up against the policy including politicians.

Michael Irwin, a former school principal and now senior lecturer at Massey University’s College of Education, says the policy adopted by Air New Zealand and Qantas sent a “misleading message” that men were uncaring when it came to young children.

“It’s saying to society that it’s not men’s role to be involved with their children or any children and that’s ridiculous,” he said.

Mr Irwin said such policies could cause men to feel alienated from schools, childcare centres and nursing, and were also harmful to the wider society, which would miss out on male involvement.

“If a child falls down and hurts themselves. . . is a man supposed to stand around until a woman can be found to help?

“I believe it sends a signal to children: ‘don’t trust a man’.”

The director of the Centre for Public Policy at Massey University, Stuart Birks, said the ban was “a clear case of discrimination with no obvious rational basis”.

It was as “pointless and ridiculous” as discriminating against passengers on grounds of race, religious belief, or appearance, he said.

“Would they have a policy of not seating children next to Maori passengers, or skinheads or Muslims? or only male Maori, skinheads and Muslims?”

The story also featured on TV One Close Up. Susan Wood read out part of an e-mail by MRA Darryl Ward:

Fri 15th January 2010

Inland Revenue Child Support Audit

Filed under: Child Support,General — Julie @ 12:20 am

The Office of the Auditor-General is at the early stages of a performance audit of how well Inland Revenue manages child support debt. They are looking to get the views of people interacting with IRD about child support.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the agenda is to find ways to collect money but it can also IMHO be an opportunity to show up the flaws of Inland Revenue’s system and express the ill treatment from some of the staff. If you work with Inland Revenue on behalf of clients … I hope you speak up and if you have an experience of your own to share … I hope you speak up.

Contact Chris Gianos

Email : enquiry@oag.govt.nz

BTW, belated Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Thu 14th January 2010

New Zealand media presents the news differently

Filed under: General — Vman @ 5:46 pm

Firstly let me say that my thoughts are with the Haiti people. Such a scenario could easily happen here. Not only that but men always come off worse in such disasters. So there are 2 reasons beyond basic humanity for caring about Haiti.

My post is not actually about Haiti or earthquakes. It is more about the way NZ media report all stories. You will no doubt have heard about the NZ toddler recovered from the rubble. In NZ this is reported as “Kiwi woman’s missing daughter found”. In Australia this is reported as “NZ toddler found under dead father”.

If you look at news sites around the world that report the same stories as NZ media and you will find there is a pattern here.

MRm! Issue #2 is out.

Filed under: General — amfortas @ 4:35 pm

Please pass this on to all contacts.

Print it off and distribute it widely in public places.

We could also do with a New Zealand presence in Issue #3 !

Download and save MRm! magazine issue 2 [17.8 MB], then add .pdf to the filename so it will open.

Woman sells 2yr old for gun.

Filed under: General — Vman @ 3:45 pm

A woman in the USA tried to sell her 2 yr old child in exchange for a gun.

“Nareau allegedly told the man that he would do a better job raising the child than she would — and that she couldn’t buy a gun because she was prohibited by law to buy one.”

I guess that is better than the many women in NZ that bash and abuse their children but never even get reported.

Tue 12th January 2010

Lobbying about parental issues in NZ

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 10:50 am

I haven’t been able to find any good descriptions of lobbying caughts, through appealing undesired judgements. If you know of some, please draw our attention to them.

There are many good examples of mothers and fathers lobbying the caughts, by challenging judgements through appeal. When done with a constructive strategy, then success can result.

Google: wikipedia lobbying


Fri 8th January 2010

Action Regarding Parental Alienation

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:23 pm

Those who have experience or knowledge of Parental Alienation (PA) can do something that might cause this condition to be taken more seriously. The American Psychiatric Association is working on the next edition of the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This is the leading psychiatric diagnostic classification system used in many countries including NZ. Glen Sacks’ organisation Fathers & Families is making it easy to send letters to key DSM personnel providing additional evidence that PA needs to be recognized as a mental disorder similar to other “relational disorders” that have already been included in the DSM. If PA is included in the DSM that will put a stop to those who deny PA as a phenomenon and it will make it almost impossible for any Family Court to turn a blind eye to PA if diagnosed. I encourage people to go to the Fathers & Families page, scroll down to find and complete the online form and let them do the rest. The DSM is based on international research and evidence so correspondence from NZ will be as influential as any.

Bail criteria

Filed under: General — Vman @ 3:19 pm

I was just wondering how common it is for a man who has been arrested for murder to be immediately released on bail to stay with friends and not have to report in until trial?


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