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Sat 30th June 2012

Women driven to abortion

Filed under: Child Support,General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:02 pm

An article in today’s NZ Herald by Simon Collins gives publicity without challenge or analysis to claims by a previous MENZ Issues poster, Julie Whitehouse, that women will be driven to have abortions or to hide their new babies from authorities by planned changes to the DPB.

Helping Men

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — MurrayBacon @ 4:40 pm

I recommend careful attention to two issues, when helping people dealing with familycaught$ (or CYFs).

1. Mental Health
2. Parenting Skills

Prejudice Rears its Ugly Head?

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 3:38 pm

One shortcoming of many investigations, is to pre-judge the situation, or to latch onto the first obvious correlation and then to fail to complete a competent, broad and open minded investigation. Evidence is easily swept away by Sympathy

Our friends at Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International have published a paper comparing available tools for screening possible victims of Intimate Partner Violence.

I suggest that we should work hard to actively observe the wide world and be careful to not colour our observations, with what we fear or might expect. Better still, we should assist or at the least show our appreciation, for all people who provide sensible support for fathers and their children’s relationships with their fathers. In this example, every single one of the paper authors was a woman.

Too few men research social issues, so perhaps it is unsurprising that much social research and policy analysis fails to fully consider impacts onto men and fathers in particular. The important conclusion, is that more men should put their energy, time and money into these issues, rather than just complain. An excellent example, is Professor John McDonald speaking on Developing Men’s Health policies for Australian Government. He is also active in researching men’s suicide issues and spoke in NZ on this issue at a conference in Upper Hutt a couple of years back.

Thu 28th June 2012

Kill the Family Court Protests

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 2:07 pm

The first protest took place last Friday 22 June, to highlight the need for a rebirthing level of change to our family law and Family Court. A small but vocal group made this need clear to those involved with the Court and to many public passing through the area. A toy suction gun was used symbolically to target some of the many undesirable features of our Family Court.

The next protest will be next Friday 6th July in Tauranga. I understand the Family Courtrooms in Tauranga are now on levels 1 and 2 of McLean House, 26 McLean Street. This building is right behind the main Tauranga Courthouse at 46 Cameron Road.

In order for our family law and its administering Court to be a positive social force in NZ the level of change required is such that the present system needs to be discarded and replaced rather than tinkered with. So we call to kill the Family Court; it kills families.

How do we reject thee? Let me count the ways (or at least the first 21 that come to mind): (more…)

Tue 26th June 2012

Male Suicide and the social determinants of health

The Tip of the Iceberg: Male Suicide and the social determinants of health

Keynote presentation by Professor John Macdonald
President, Australasian Men’s Health Forum. Co-Director MHIRC UWS

The tip of the iceberg theme will be used to suggest that we need to look beneath the surface of things, in many areas of life: often we have preconceived ideas, sometimes formed by the media or prejudices in our culture. In men’s health, there is a particular need to look beneath the surface, especially of received wisdom, as I will suggest.

The tip of the iceberg will be used in this presentation in three ways:

· As an image of the state of research into men’s health in Australia: the focus is on only a little of the reality
· To suggest that the issue of male suicide in our society is a phenomenon which needs to be examined more closely to see more clearly what lies beneath the surface if we wish to help prevent tragic deaths and the anguish they bring to many.
· To suggest that the research into the social determinants of health allows us to look beneath the surface of all population health, in this case, men’s, in order to ask, in a more profound way than is generally the case, what must we do to promote a society which sustains the health of boys and men?

Suicide, the tip of the iceberg

Mon 25th June 2012

The New Zealand Marriage Strike

Filed under: General — Vman @ 3:06 pm

One thing that gets little press is that New Zealand men are on a marriage strike. This is not something feminsists want to hear so it is not reported or is dismissed. Sticking their head in the sand is not stopping the marriage strike though.

The rate of marraiges has fallen sharply in the last 12 years according to Statistics NZ. The rate of marriage was 16 per 1000 adults in 1999. In 2011 it was less than 12 per 1000. The reduction in this rate has been accelerating. Since 2008 the rate has been falling by more than half a marriage per 100 every year. At some stage next year the marriage rate will be less than 1% and still falling.

Excuses like people are delaying marriage don’t explain it. The simple truth is that people simply aren’t getting married. The reason they aren’t getting married is because men aren’t marrying them.
Why would they?

The other issue is that more men are simply leaving the country.
many of the ones that stay seek out a foriegn bride.

Women are settling for de facto relationships.
This is why NZ legislation – particularly under Labour – traps men in de fcto relationships as default marriages. So that these men can be screwed over something that they did not intentionally sign up for.

We need to reverse de facto relationship legislation. it is morally reprehensible to legally bind someone to a contract that they never signed or agreed to based solely on their living arrangements.

The whole thing is designed to try to stop women experiencing the consequences of screwing men over. To counter the marriage strike. It wont work. it just delays things and makes them worse. Quality men will simply refuse to have any long term relationship with NZ women at all.

I hope NZ women enjoy their cats.
I feel sorry for my daughter. What a shitty future she has.

Suicide Prevention Conference 2012

Dr. Annette Beautrais has returned to NZ and is now employed at
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland University, at the Middlemore Hospital Complex.

Friday 28th September 2012
She has organised a Suicide Prevention Conference, to follow on from a World Injury Conference, a few days earlier in Wellington.
(As quite a lot of suicides are hidden among injury deaths, this coincidence is useful towards a coordinated and fuller response to suicide issues.)

Sun 24th June 2012

UK familycaught$ routinely uses “unqualified experts”

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 12:58 pm

Scandal of ‘unqualified’ experts who advise our family courts: Decisions about the care of thousands of children routinely flawed
PUBLISHED: 01:48 GMT, 13 March 2012 | UPDATED: 09:31 GMT, 13 March 2012

Life-changing decisions about the care of thousands of children are routinely being made on flawed evidence from poorly qualified “experts’ in the family courts, a damning study reveals.
More than a fifth of these vital reports are being produced by people who are completely unqualified, the Channel 4 News investigation found.
“Experts’ used in hundreds of family court proceedings are frequently unqualified or unreliable, the study reveals.
In some cases, reports on parents or children are being given to courts by doctors who have not even seen the individuals concerned.

But in a unique study for the Family Justice Council, Professor Jane Ireland – a forensic psychologist who has herself been an expert witness – examined over 100 expert witness reports used in family court cases.

Tue 19th June 2012

How courts and the culture disrespect dad Barbara Kay

A Father’s Day downer

How courts and the culture disrespect dad

16th June 2012


From the loving, engaged portrayals of fathers featured in recent popular movies like “The Descendants,” “Moneyball” and “A Better Life” – all three performances were nominated for Academy Awards – one might conclude American dads are culturally valued.

Look again. The mothers in these films are comatose, divorced or dead. It’s no coincidence. From Atticus Finch to today, there’s an unspoken Hollywood rule that fathers can’t shine too brightly in the face of active mothering. Dads are more likely to be accorded respect when the y are “coping” – in effect, when they are surrogate mothers.

Sadly, it is not only in Hollywood where fathers get the short end of the stick. The culture reflects a painful and pervasive social reality: For all we talk about the value of fathers, we have been devaluing and discarding them for decades.

We must first diagnose this cancer. Then we must systematically work to cure it.

It’s Happening

Filed under: General — Alastair @ 8:47 am


Holding Well Child checks on a Saturday was such a success that Wanganui Plunket clinical leader Anne Wild may do it monthly.

She said 10 babies and children came to be checked, some of them with their fathers.

“It’s really nice that the dads came along. There was one of them that had never been to a Well Child check.”

New Zealand children are entitled to eight Well Child checks before they reach school age.

They are checked for growth and development, and their parents are given health and safety advice and put in touch with services such as early childhood education providers.

The checks were done in the evening and at weekends in other parts of New Zealand, to accommodate working parents.

Mrs Wild wanted to try the same thing in Wanganui.

She opened Wanganui’s Campbell St Plunket rooms from 9am to 3pm.

The checks will be available at the same time and place for the next two Saturdays. If demand is still steady Mrs Wild may hold them on a Saturday once a month.

Stir your local Plunket! Why just restrict his to Wanganui!

As I once read ” Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative.

Sat 16th June 2012

It’s fathers day outside of New Zealand this weekend

Filed under: General,Sex Abuse / CYF — J S @ 12:42 am

For example; this man needs YOUR help. Please read the article.
Please put as much pressure on child youth and family to ensure this man gets his children this Sunday or at the very minimum, has contact with his children on Sunday. Perhaps, some media interest in NZ would be great although, I’m not confident they will listen.

Wouldn’t it be great if we were able to help 1+ fathers this weekend?

To all the parents out there, especially the single parent mums; kids need a male father figure.
Lets ensure the Fathers day in New Zealand later this year the most positive one ever for fathers and children.

Thu 14th June 2012

Anthony Mahon: ten years ago very justifiable concern about gender bias in Family Court

Filed under: Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 12:25 pm

The 7th June edition of The Court Report on TV7 featured an interview with Anthony Mahon, co-author of the Law Society’s submission on the current Family Court review, and Deborah Hart, executive director of the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute. They were discussing the recent 70% increase in costs of running the Family Court, with no corresponding increase in productivity.

It’s well worth a watch. (more…)

If your partner defrauds MSD National wants you to be responsible.

Filed under: Child Support,General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 11:04 am

Partners of DPB fraudsters may be targeted to make repayments


Mon 11th June 2012

How feminism changed fatherhood

Filed under: Gender Politics — JohnPotter @ 6:12 pm

There’s an article on Stuff at the moment:
How feminism changed fatherhood which MENZ readers might find interesting.

Fri 8th June 2012

Would Someone Please Wakeup The Driver?

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 8:42 am

Efficacy of ban on abusive men questioned – Radio NZ News

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the Government could go further than stopping abusive parents from having more babies, by banning abusive men from living or working with children.
Ms Bennett says the proposal is being discussed as part of the Government’s white paper on vulnerable children that is still being developed.
Cabinet is also considering allowing judges to direct parents convicted for the murder of a child, or serious child abuse, not to have any more children, and if they do, they will be removed at birth.
Ms Bennett told Nine to Noon she is considering the proposals as part of the Government’s obligation to stand up for children who have been hideously abused.
She says the proposals are still in the discussion stage.
Minister’s idea adds little – doctor
But Auckland Hospital paediatrician Simon Rowley says Ms Bennett’s latest proposal to curb child abuse will not be any more effective than the systems which are already in place.
Dr Rowley says abusive men are already stopped from being around children, as mothers are told they must not have the man around or their child will be taken away.
Auckland Council for Civil Liberties president Barry Wilson says the minister is essentially singling out people deemed to be undesirable and saying they should not have children.
Taking children away from their parents would do nothing to address the root causes of violent offending, he says.
And the Law Society says the Government’s idea of banning abusive men from living or working with children is practically impossible.
Chair of the society’s family law section Garry Collin says there is nothing in the family law provisions that would enable courts to give what could effectively be life-long parole conditions.

Wed 6th June 2012

Punishment or Child Protection?

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — MurrayBacon @ 9:52 pm

Severe sanctions considered for abusive parents
NewstalkZB | 12:39pm Wed 06 Jun 2012
Forced sterilisation is off the table, but the Government is considering severe sanctions for people who have babies after committing serious crimes such as murder or abuse of children.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been forced to defend herself after last week appearing to tell a media outlet Cabinet was considering sterilisation of women in such situations.

Today she says that’s not the case, but says as part of a White Paper on vulnerable children, all other options are being considered.

“Perhaps there are measures like saying quite clearly, if you do have future children, you will not be in a position where you are able to raise them on your own, or there could be a court sanction, for example, or a legislative change that means they cannot live or work within that,” she says.

Paula Bennett is stressing that no decisions have yet been made. (more…)

Fri 1st June 2012

Fees introduced for civil disputes in Family Court

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — Pete @ 3:30 pm

The Family Court is about to introduce fees.

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