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MENZ Issues: news and discussion about New Zealand men, fathers, family law, divorce, courts, protests, gender politics, and male health.

Wed 29th August 2012

Black Ribbon Campaign for Men

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,General,Men's Health — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 12:37 am

FYI, information about the launch of a new campaign at parliament grounds this Friday 31 August. We invite supporters to join the campaign with a $5 donation; they will receive a black ribbon that can be worn alongside or instead of the white ribbon.

MMA
MINISTRY OF MEN’S AFFAIRS
MINITATANGA MO NGA TANE

PO Box 13130, Tauranga 3141
mmainnz@gmail.com

28 August 2012

MEDIA RELEASE

Black Ribbons for Men

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs, an NGO set up to advance the welfare of men and fathers, announced today that its first project will be the Black Ribbon Campaign with the slogan “Show You Care About Men’. (more…)

Sun 26th August 2012

Last Protest to Kill the Family Court

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 1:40 pm

“Kill the Family Court; It Kills Families”

A few dedicated men and women have gathered at each of the venues (except Napier) and protested. Here is a news article concerning the most recent protest at Rotorua, held in the median strip of one of Rotorua’s main streets and attracting a lot of attention.

Sadly, the turnout has never been great. There was some disquiet about the title of the protests involving the word ‘kill’, but it certainly won’t be quickly forgotten by the public. The message is simply that in order to bring the Family Court and NZ family law to become a system that benefits our society, so much change would be necessary that it would become a totally new, rebirthed system. Tinkering with corrupt, socially destructive institutions seldom changes the harm they do, so we call to scuttle the current system and start again. Kill off the current feminist-saturated, false propaganda-based family law system and its courts, and design one based on sound principles of justice, gender equality and evidence-based approaches to support the best interests of children.

The final protest will be in Wellington this Friday, 31 August outside the Family Court at 49 Ballance St from 11am. This is the Friday of the weekend of Fathers Day, a celebration of fathers that feminist groups recently described as a day of shame. At 1pm we will move to Parliament grounds to open the Ministry of Men’s Affairs where we will invite men and women to report their experiences with misandry and discrimination against men.

Please, please come and support us at either venue if you are in Wellington or can get there.

protest

Filed under: General — williammurdoch @ 12:20 pm

given the current climate of anger at new zealand family court and given its a know fact that their are lawyers who are using the delays to the advantage of their clients then is it not the right time for fathers to unite and take to the streets?

Superbowl Myth Extended to All Blacks

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:23 am

FYI, I attach my letter to Sgt Mark Oliver, NZ Police, concerning his statements in the NZ Herald today about domestic violence being associated with All Blacks matches.

Sat 25th August 2012

Would a mens only exhibition go unchallenged?

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 7:59 pm

Men will be banned from a Muslim exhibit at The Dowse

Men will be banned from watching a video display coming to a Lower Hutt art gallery that shows Muslim women without veils.

The Dowse Art Museum is preparing to host the world premiere of the art installation – despite advice from the Human Rights Commission that not letting men inside could be seen as sexual discrimination.

Men are moved by Air New Zealand when seated next to children travelling alone and now Dowse director Cam McCracken is banning men from an exhibition an Art gallery. Why? Because they are men. Does McCracken live in the twenty-first century? Art exhibitions are not exempt from our right as citizens of New Zealand not to be discriminated against based on our gender. McCracken’s polemic provides free advertising for the on-going propagation of discrimination based on gender.

“I’ve bought into the fact that we take this work on the proviso that no men see it. We respect the artist and the privacy of the women who are portrayed.”

No, what McCracken brought into is discrimination based on gender. McCracken can’t hide behind Islam’s belief system as a justification for discrimination based on gender; we live in a secular state. Quite possibly this is part of a staged Media campaign to maximise exposure for the Gallery?

Shame on you Cam McCracken for choosing to promote discrimination against men what next no men allowed near unattended children in the Dowse?

Discrimination of this type should not be tolerated.

Thu 23rd August 2012

Man jailed for throwing Ostrich Egg at wife

Filed under: General — Alastair @ 11:56 am

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7533405/Jail-for-man-who-lobbed-egg-at-wife

A man who threw an ostrich egg at his wife because her pet pig damaged his tools has been sent to jail.

Phillip Marau Glanville Russell, 47, lost his temper when he discovered the pig had caused $2500 of damage to his saw.

Russell was sentenced to six months’ jail when he appeared in Hastings District Court yesterday, after earlier pleading guilty to charges including assault using an ostrich egg as a weapon.

He picked an argument with his wife of 20 years when she came home to their rural Waipawa property with their 9-year-old in early July.

He swore at her before spitting at her four or five times. He then grabbed a large ostrich egg from the kitchen table and threw it at her with force. The heavy egg hit her in the chest, causing bruising.

His lawyer, Antony Willis, said Russell had asked his wife repeatedly to keep the pig under control because it had damaged their house, their neighbour’s house and council property. But his wife insisted it should be given free range.

The offending occurred while Russell was subject to a sentence of supervision. He has been in custody since appearing in court on July 10.

Feminists add to the etymology of ‘Justice’

Filed under: General — triassic @ 5:48 am

The following article illustrates how the holders of fanatical ideology are incapable of seeing it mirrored in another. They are quick to spot the evils of relativism only when it threatens their own ideology.

One Law for All, is a UK organisation formed to combat the call for Sharia law to be practised in tandem with British law in the UK. I recently attended a speech in London by its spokesperson Ann Marie Waters. The main topic of the talk was centred on how Sharia deals with family law according to Ms Waters. She pointed out that when a Moslem marriage ends the fathers most often gain custody of the children. Further, if the mother has an accusation against the father then she must have a credible witness to corroborate her accusation as her word stands for little within the system.  As you can imagine, I began to experience Dé jà vu. (more…)

Mon 20th August 2012

Fathers Day Jamboree

Filed under: Events — Brendon Smith @ 2:48 pm

Join us for a fun, family day at Onehunga Community Centre…
Free bouncy castle, face-painting and kids games with prizes,
low cost healthy food, magazines and parenting information.

83 Church Street Onehunga, by Library

Hosted by Father and Child Trust,
information and support for all dads
ph 525 1690 – fatherandchild.org.nz

And the beat goes on…….

Filed under: General — triassic @ 7:34 am

Great to see NZ Herald columnist Kerre Woodham has had a go at airlines continuing with the sexist policy of removing males from seats next to where unaccompanied children are seated. This small minded, bigoted policy has been adopted by many airlines around the world. Some have since reversed it but others have put their heads in the sand and refused to review it. Thank god the policy provides no exceptions as even the mayor of London, Boris Johnston, was booted out of his seat and he has since stated he will fight to ensure British airlines will be forced to change their policy. Thanks for your support and your critical thinking in this matter Kerre.

Thu 16th August 2012

Apology expected from White Ribbon for their Abuse and Slander

Filed under: General — JohnBrett @ 5:43 pm

I have today sent the following letter to Rob McCann, of the Families Commission, and a copy and cover letter to the Minister Paula Bennet, both at her parliament address, and her electorate address:
To Rob McCann:-
Subject: Cyber Bullying and Slander
By White Ribbon Organization

I draw to your attention the article
http://whiteribbon.org.nz/2012/08/01/freedom-of-expression-or-bullying/
published on the White Ribbon web site

What happened:
A conflict arose when a number of members of the community (men and women) expressed views on the White Ribbon Facebook page, which challenged some of the material being published by White Ribbon. At NO STAGE was anything said which could remotely be construed as offensive, or bullying.

White Ribbon chose to block all views which did not conform to it’s own belief systems

The public response:-
I then started the facebook page “White Ribbon Day Debate- https://www.facebook.com/groups/391716290877922/
which took off, with contributions from throughout the country condemning the White Ribbon Day campaign. I tried to get some balance by e-mailing a request to the White Ribbon Day web site for some balancing views, but received no reply.

Contributors to the web site menz.org.nz started to also discuss the issue- (Note that all articles on menz.org.nz are published by individual members, with no moderation by the administrator.) There was NO WAY for a web site to “Call on members”- to do anything.

White Ribbon’s response:-
White Ribbon responded with the vitriolic attacks on various individuals, as you will see on your web-site..
The individuals attacked are
all good people,
all active in helping hurt and damaged families,
all hurt and disadvantaged by these attacks,
and all unable to rebut or respond to these attacks.

In summary:-
If I can repeat back to you the words from your own site-
VERBAL ABUSE IS STILL ABUSE

It is not excusable because it is abuse of men
It is not excusable because it comes from the White Ribbon organization

What needs to happen now:-
1 White Ribbon needs to immediately withdraw this offensive material
2 White Ribbon needs to make PUBLIC APOLOGIES to the people who have been verbally abused
3 White Ribbon needs to start listening to the community concerns, and I would suggest starting with dialogue with some of the outspoken workers who have so offended you.

What we will do:-
1 Because this is a very public affair, this letter will be published in every way possible.
2 It will also be sent to the Minister for the Families Commission the Honourable Paula Bennett
3 If the offending material is not withdrawn, and an acceptable public apology to the named people published, I will instruct our Lawyers to lay information with the NZ Police that defamation has occurred.

Yours sincerely

John Brett

To Hon Paula Bennett

Dear Paula
Subject: Letter to Robb McCann, of the Familes Commission re White Ribbon Slander

I enclose a copy of a letter sent to Robb McCann. Many of us who support people in distress tire of the sexist abuse we receive from the likes of the White Ribbon day people.

I would hope for some COMMUNICATION with these self-righteous people!

Having watched and admired your forthright and down-to earth style, I was hoping you might bring them down a peg, and get them to TALK to people who are on the ground dealing with social issues!

Yours sincerely

John Brett

I await their retraction and apology- I hope they will choose to communicate with some of us.

Thu 9th August 2012

What makes some movements successful

Filed under: General — triassic @ 10:53 am

Ever wondered why the Men’s Movement over the last quarter of a century has failed to bring about real change and gain equal rights within family law?

Perhaps you have wondered why Feminists are highly successful in every quest they embark on? 

Maybe you have wondered why so many people have a belief in a God without any empirical evidence?

Well, if you have a hunger for the answers you might enjoy this 15min TED talk.
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Sat 4th August 2012

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE USA FAMILY COURT SYSTEM

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 6:45 pm

A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE USA FAMILY COURT SYSTEM
SUPPORT? SYSTEM DOWN IS A DOCUMENTARY FILM THAT COVERS THE EVERYDAY ISSUES OF STRESS, FAMILY, STRUGGLE AND SUFFERING THAT FAMILIES EXPERIENCE WHEN PUT THROUGH THE DETRIMENTAL, WINDING MANEUVERS OF THE FAMILY COURT SYSTEMS, WHICH ARE FLOODED WITH MORE CASES THAN THE LABOR FORCE CAN HANDLE OR CHOOSES NOT TO HANDLE.
FINALLY, A SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY THAT EXPOSES THE TRUTH! HEAR WHAT EXPERTS SAY ABOUT HOW SOME HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE MONEY BY EMPHASIZING ON DIVORCE AND CHILD SUPPORT ISSUES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN THROUGH COURT ORDERS. PARENTS ARE FORCED TO PAY EXORBINANT AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN EXCHANCE FOR THEIR CREDIT, HOMES, BANK ACCOUNTS AND EVEN THEIR FREEDOM!

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Thu 2nd August 2012

Family Court Changes, Unhappy lawyers

Filed under: General — allan harvey @ 5:57 pm

Warring parents will be encouraged to sort out custody disputes and other matters without lawyers, under a shake-up of the Family Court.

Justice minister Judith Collins announced a series of reforms today which include introducing a Family Disputes Resolution (FDR) service.

Families must go through this system to sort out private parenting matters, such as school holiday care on contact arrangements, before applying to the court.

The FDR service will cost $780 (excluding GST) – which Collins says is cheaper than hiring lawyers. If this unsuccessful, parents can make an application to court.

Automatic access to pre-court free counselling will be axed – but could be granted by a judge. Private providers, approved by the justice ministry, will staff the FDR.

Collins said the proposals will minimise the harmful impact conflict has on children. It will reduce court applications by 4000 and see 2000 fewer children going to court each year. She estimates it will save $70m over four years. Parents who are eligible will still be entitled to legal aid.

The government also proposes simplifying court processes. Three new ”tracks” will be introduced. A ”fast track” will deal with urgent applications such as allegations of domestic violence and protection of children.

A ”simple track” will deal with single issues like contact arrangements for children. Parties will represent themselves without the need for a lawyer.

Under the ”standard track” the court will deal with more serious issues such as an application for day to day care or permission to take children to live overseas. Parties will represent themselves for most of this process. However, if the dispute is not resolved the case moves to a formal hearing with lawyers present.

Affidavits will also now take a standardised questionnaire form.

The reforms also aim to crack down on repeat applications. In 2010-11 there were 26, 281 Care of Children Act applications – involving just 8678 families. Under the proposals, parties must get the permission of a judge to commence new proceedings where an order has been made in the last two years.

Collins said the overhaul is the first significant changes since the Family Court was established in 1981. The Family Court Reform Bill will be introduced to Parliament later this year. It will also include:

* increasing the penalty for breaching a protection order from two years to three years imprisonment;

* improving domestic violence programmes;

* extending the definition of domestic violence in law to include economic abuse. This includes restricting access to money, extorting or spending the victim’s money or preventing someone from working outside the home;
* makes parenting information courses mandatory.

GAY MARRIAGE

Filed under: General — triassic @ 11:49 am

The gay marriage debate is interesting. It is very narrow and fails to point out the negative implications for already marginalised fathers. Most men on this site, like myself, would have been in a marriage with the intention of it, being a state institution, giving them superior rights for access to their children, in case of a marriage break-up, to fulfill their fatherly duty. To our shock and horror we found that in reality we had little in the way of any rights. It appears that being married or not, a father’s importance to his off-spring exists only in the financial sense. Married or not, after 3 yrs of cohabitation he can lose half or more of all of his life’s savings. If he does follow the law and get a prenuptial (contracting out agreement) then every assistance is give to the his partner in order to smash it or blackmail him into paying out a large sum regardless. Marriage holds no magic anymore, certainly not for fathers. It was an institution geared for the security for children, nothing more nothing less.

Are gay people wanting marriage quite fucking MAD??? No, I don’t think so. I think this campaign is about politics, driven more by heterosexual wankers than gays.

If you want to bring about a more powerfully definition of marriage have a look at this site They may not stand for everything you want but they sure as hell will do more for you than the other bunch.

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