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Tue 29th May 2012

Judge treats rapist with leniency

Filed under: Law & Courts — nickcoop @ 10:12 am

In Hamilton a 45 year old has been convicted of sexual conduct with a person under 16. The inebriated 45 year old undressed the protesting child and had sex with them. Although the sex was non-consensual the charge of sexual violation wasn’t laid. The offender was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment converted to 11 months home detention. Also the offender was convicted of assaulting their 14 year old daughter after grabbing the girl by the throat and throwing her to the floor.

Why such leniency? The offender is a woman and the victim is male.


Tue 22nd May 2012

Hmmm …..

Filed under: Law & Courts — golfa @ 8:41 pm

Can’t imagine a man being treated like this by a Judge.

Find woman not guilty, jury told

Sun 20th May 2012

Change of Dates To Kill The Family Court

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:07 am

Due to unforseen circumstances the dates for the protests outside Family Courts will change. The new dates are as follows, and each protest will be held betwwen 11am and 2pm. Please diary one or more dates, put on your woollies and join us to remind the government that major rebirth is required to turn family law into a positive contribution to the welfare of NZ society!

Auckland: Friday June 22

Tauranga: Friday July 6

Hamilton: Friday July 20

Napier: Friday August 3

Rotorua: Friday August 17

Wellington: Friday August 31 (including an event for Fathers Day that weekend)

(I have amended the original post to provide the new dates too)

Ministry of Health Suicide Report Neglects Men

Filed under: Gender Politics,Men's Health — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:37 am

FYI, here is my letter to the Minister of Health concerning his ministry’s latest report on suicide, due for public release on 24 May no doubt with Peter Dunne crowing about the achievement. It’s a serious indictment on the NZ government concerning its prioritization of women and neglect of men even in this area that harms mainly men. (more…)

Fri 18th May 2012

More Marauding Media Misandry

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 12:46 pm

There never seems any end in sight concerning misandry in our media and in our world as reported by media. I only have time occasionally to expose a few current examples as in this post, but the fact is that rarely a day goes by without ongoing media evidence of sexism against men. It would be a full-time job to comment on them all.

Here is the full text of a news item from Russia. Note that the article simply states that this man was escaping from his girlfriend but nothing is said about what she was doing to motivate him to take such an extreme and dangerous action. (more…)

Thu 17th May 2012

An Assessment of Proposed Changes to the Child Support Formula

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 10:21 pm

An Assessment of Proposed Changes to the Child Support Formula

Stuart Birks
Massey University – College of Business
Policy Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 31-38, February 2011

The current New Zealand child support formula has been in place for nearly twenty years. Despite recognised problems and ongoing dissatisfaction, only minor changes have been made in that time. The current Government has opened consultation on proposed changes which address some of the major issues, in particular the assessment of costs of children, consideration of the income of both payer and payee, and allocation when care is shared. IRD analysis replicates an Australian approach to derive a proposed alternative formula. This paper assesses the analysis. It finds that results are highly sensitive to the assumptions, that the formulation is based on questionable concepts, and that there are hidden assumptions which may be a cause of current dissatisfaction and harmful to children. A simplified alternative is suggested which recognises the limitations in analysis and implementation and may be more acceptable

Well worth the read.



Tue 15th May 2012

How Daughters can Enrich and Rebuild their Adult Relationship with their Fathers?

Filed under: Gender Politics — MurrayBacon @ 10:26 pm

Robert Wiston discusses Dr Linda Neilsons work
Dr. Linda Neilsons website
While most American women obsess about the laments of frazzled mothers, a handful of their daughters at Wake Forest University are turning their attention to the study of that mysterious and often-demonized species – fathers. Yep, you read it right. Fathers. Dear ol’ Dad. Remember him? Each week, these young women (and one young man, who signed up because he hopes to be a good father someday) arrange their desks in a circle with Dr. Linda Nielsen, psychologist, professor and author, to learn about fathers and fatherhood in the only such college course in the country. The class is not a therapy session or support group, but a tough college course like any other, involving research, reading, field projects, papers, tests and grades. It’s just harder than most because it also involves introspection, self-analysis and the search for insight into one of life’s most important relationships.
by Kathleen Parker from Orlando Sentinel May 2, 2005

Sun 13th May 2012

The Ugly Face of Femaleism

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:10 pm

This has been a dark week for men in New Zealand with many influential people displaying ignorant misandry. Their comments show that they do not deserve to be in positions of influence.

The roller coaster was started with the government’s announced changes to our welfare system. (more…)

Child Support Reform 2012

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 10:25 pm

Hi all,

I am seeking to activate a network of parents who are concerned about the changes to the CSA 2012 to actively organise action and lobby MP’s etc.

If you are interested please email scrapthecsa@gmail.com



How to workout your child support for 2013

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 1:09 pm

Get ready Mums and Dads this is how child tax will be caculated in 2013 and as a result many of you are about to get done over by these changes.

How to workout your child support for 2013
Summary of key steps in determining child support payable for a particular child

Step 1: Work out each parent’s child support income amount (section 32). This is the parent’s taxable income plus adjustments to take into account a number of other forms of “income” (section 33), less:
– a living allowance (section 34);
– any allowance for other dependent children (section 35); and
– any allowance for other children from other relationships (referred to as child support groups) for whom the parent is paying child support (section 36)

Step 2: Work out the parents’ combined child support income
Step 3: Work out each parent’s income percentage (section 31)
Step 4: Work out each parent’s and non-parent carer’s percentage of care for the child
Step 5: Work out each parent’s and non-parent carer’s care cost percentage for the child (section 16 and schedule 1) that relates to their care percentage
Step 6: For each parent, subtract their care cost percentage from their income percentage (section 18). If the answer is positive (i.e. the income percentage exceeds the care cost percentage), the parent is a liable parent. If the answer is negative, (i.e. the income percentage is less than the care cost percentage), the parent is a receiving carer
Step 7: Work out the expenditure for the child using the child expenditure table (section 36D), taking into account the combined child support income amounts of the parents, the number of children in the child’s child support group; and the age of those children. This expenditure amount is divided by the number of children in the child support group to get a per child amount
Step 8: The annual rate of child support payable by the parent for the child is worked out using the formula (section 29):
(parent’s income percentage – parent’s care cost percentage) x expenditure on the child
Step 9: The amount that a carer receives is determined in sections 36A-C. A receiving parent receives an amount calculated applying the formula in step 8, based on their income and care cost percentages. If this is less than the amount that the liable parent pays, the balance is split between any other receiving carers
Step 10: When a parent is paying child support for more than one child support group, the amount may be capped. If the amount calculated at step 8 is more than the amount calculated under the multi-group cap (section 29), the multi-group cap amount applies. This cap ensures the liability is no more than it would be if all the children from the various child support groups were living together
Step 11: The amount payable may also be subject to minimum annual rate (section 30)

Dont worry, like any efficent tax they will be deducting at source and we all know IRD never get it wrong.



Sat 12th May 2012

Eulogy for Bert Potter

Filed under: General — JohnPotter @ 8:26 pm

I read this at my father’s funeral today:

When I went to Middlemore last Sunday to identify dad’s body, the young cop asked me: “How long have you known the deceased?”

Well, it’s been 55 yrs.

Now I know you’re not supposed to speak ill of dead but some things have to be said.

Scientific Basis for Rebuttable Presumption of Shared Parenting

Filed under: Child Support,Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 2:16 pm

Developments in behavioural research in the last 40 years should have long ago swept away the old ignorant prejudices, that substitute for valuable decision making in familycaught$.

The familycaught$ is largely backward looking, in attempting to decide cases by fitting them to preceding cases, rather than deciding cases according to the facts of the case and in accordance to our legislation (which requires that the interests of the children should be protected). (more…)

Fri 11th May 2012

Administrative Review?

Filed under: General — mattgnz @ 4:33 pm

I have recently been made unemployed and have since found out that I owe 12,000$ in Child support from the periods ending 2004 & 2005, I thought this was strange because I become bankrupt in 2004.

After some investigation into this I found it was estimated on my 2003 income @ the maximum allowed – I did not earn that much during 2004 – 2005

After discussing this with the person in charge of my account, they have told me that I will have to apply for an administrative review.

Although after reading through a lot of this site it has become apparent that this isn’t necessary a good idea.

Although all the other cases seem to be about actions brought against men?

If someone could please perhaps point in the right direction or give some tiddbits of advice I would be forever grateful

Wed 9th May 2012

Child Support – Dunnes moves a 20th Century Solution

Filed under: Child Support,General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 9:55 pm

Paul Jenkins is a name we should not forget. It confirms what we all know, child tax enforcement is draconian, brutal and drives dads to kill themselves.

Ask yourself the question: What does the IRD do? IRD is the revenue collection department, the tax woman. Its reason for existence is to collect money from citizens. It’s the Department that collects child tax. Its who advises Dunne so there is little surprise with the tinkering to the child tax act that Peter is promoting.

The whole purpose of the change is to increase compliance at the least cost for the highest return. This bill is not about making fundamental changes its a few baubles, packaged together to insure you comply.

Why are child support payments to be compulsorily deducted from salary and wages?
Paying parents will have their payments automatically deducted from their salary to ensure that as many child support payments as possible are made, and made on time

This legislation and analysis that led to the tinkering is still focused on the “same old, same old” Taxing Liable Parents via a formula assessment, a system that has failed worldwide because of the assumptions used to create the system.

Those assumptions include; Parental responsibility aka benefit recovery, income equalisation, all dads are deadbeats, one size fits all, imaginary incomes, the cost raising children……. These assumptions lead to the tinkering Dunne is proposing. It is nothing more than a 20th century solution, already out of date.

The Government’s concern is about increasing the fairness of the child support system. Although it is recognised that, for some parents, changes to the formula will result in lower amounts being received, any move to a revised formula would be made with the aim of reducing current inequities to ensure the system is more balanced, that paying parents honour their responsibilities to their children and that it is perceived to be fairer overall. It should also be noted that the other (non-formula) changes to the child support scheme are designed to improve child support payment rates, meaning that more receiving parents will receive child support payments than is currently the case

Read the info from IRD and get ready for action.



Tue 8th May 2012

Dunne runs for cover following death by child tax

Filed under: Child Support — Scrap_The_CSA @ 12:38 pm

Following Paul Jenkins death by child tax miraculously Dunne’s disaster to be gets a rapid path to first reading.

Child support is set to be overhauled in the biggest proposed changes to child support law in 20 years.
The income of both parents will be factored into child support calculations for the first time under the Child Support Amendment Bill proposed by Revenue Minister Peter Dunne which has its first reading in Parliament tomorrow.

This bill will not remove the fundemental flaws in the current child tax act, but will negatively impact, Tens of thousands of parents, particuarly Dads.



Sun 6th May 2012

A Loss to us all

Filed under: General — Alastair @ 3:58 pm

Deepest sympathy John, please pass my condolences to all

Centrepoint commune leader Bert Potter dies

Kill the Family Court

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 2:54 pm

A campaign ‘Kill the Family Court’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Men’s Affairs. Protests are planned outside successive Family Courts on Fridays during June and July between 11am and 2pm. The Ministry of Men’s Affairs believes that the Family Court under its empowering legislation kills numerous men, women and children by ruining family relationships, stimulating family break-up, perpetuating unequal parenting regimes, inciting acrimony, practising gender discrimination against men, accepting false allegations and perjury, restricting communication, upholding immorality and promoting the expectation that one parent can defeat and exploit the other. Therefore the Ministry cries “Kill the Family Court”.

Please come join the cry and remind our Minister of Justice and her government that we are deeply unhappy with our Family Court! Government is currently deciding on changes as part of the current review and we need to remind ministers that ‘moving around the deck chairs’ is not acceptable. A new system is called for involving effective dispute resolution and real help for families to stay intact or to maintain cooperation after separation. Whether together or apart, parents are equally important to their children. Although some form of Family Court will still be necessary the changes required mean it will be so different as to have killed off the system that currently afflicts us.

The planned schedule of protests is as follows:

Friday 22 June: Auckland
Friday 6 July: Tauranga
Friday 20 July: Hamilton
Friday 3 August: Napier
Friday 17 August: Rotorua
Friday 31 August: Wellington

Please put your nearest protest in your diary, and any others you are able to support. Remember they will be between 11am and 2pm.

For further information contact Kerry Bevin (09)4733747, Craig Jackson (04)3892291 or Hans Laven (07)5712435 or (0274)799745.

Please liaise with these Ministry personnel if you plan to attend any of the protests and please let us know if you can assist with accommodation, hospitality or transport.

We encourage locals to spread the word about the date of the protest in your town. We suggest that you put a poster up on the notice board at your local Family Court! Many unhappy litigants may appreciate the opportunity to show how they feel. Posters elsewhere, advertisements in local papers etc will also be useful.

See you there or be square!

NZer kills himself over Child Support.

Filed under: General — golfa @ 10:27 am

Or should that read Another NZer …..

There’s outrage across the Tasman after debt laden New Zealander Paul Jenkins felt so helpless, he killed himself.

The 39-year-old died in Geelong after receiving a $53,000 bill from Australian Child Support Services.

The money was to support his ex-partner and teenage daughter, who are still in Wellington.

Inland Revenue had asked the Australian authorities to chase the debt because Mr Jenkins had moved there.

Fees and interest repayments have forced automatic $125 deductions every few days, which his father Tony says he simply couldn’t afford.

He says the letter Paul received demanded an immediate payment of $813, but didn’t explain why so many automatic deductions had been taken.

Fri 4th May 2012

A letter to Chen Guangcheng

Filed under: General — triassic @ 6:16 pm

Chen Guangcheng the Chinese blind dissident objects to the China
One Child Policy and Forced Abortions.

Dear Chen,

I am led to believe that a Chinese family can have more children if they choose but pay more tax as a deterrent. Your country has long been aware that this planet has limited resources and can ill afford to support a population explosion. If the father, and/or mother is unable to pay the tax then the mother will, under the rule of law, require an abortion. Is it the misuse of this law that you object to? ie. the deliberate killing of female babies.

Are you aware Chen that In NZ and most countries of “the free world” children are ripped away from their fathers immediately the mother and father no longer live together?”¦”¦. (more…)

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