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Fri 26th October 2012

Ministry of Men’s Affairs Officially Recognized

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Men's Health — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 1:40 pm

Well, sort of. The Prime Minister’s office replied to a letter from MoMA, addressing it to Kerry Bevin and myself at the Ministry of Men’s Affairs. No response was included regarding our request for $5 million (somewhat less than is spent every year on the Ministry of Women’s Affairs), but the welfare of men was acknowledged as our topic and we were graciously thanked for “taking the time to write to the Prime Minister and share your views”. Still, it’s a step forward!

MoMA’s Black Ribbon Campaign

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 12:17 pm

Representatives of the Ministry of Men’s Affairs have campaigned each Saturday in October handing out leaflets, badges and sensible gender politics. So far we have campaigned in Manurewa, Tauranga and K Road Auckland. (more…)

International Day of the Girl Child

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:08 am

Last Thursday was the first International Day of the Girl Child, started by the UN to “recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges that girls face around the world”. (From this Herald article)

The UN also strongly promotes International Women’s Day. But the UN runs no International Day of the Boy Child or International Men’s Day. A search of its web site shows that its attention to men consists mostly of criticizing them and seeking to repress and change them. (more…)

Sun 21st October 2012

Survey: Does PND affect infant-mother attachment and is the role of the father a moderating factor?

Filed under: General,Men's Health — JohnPotter @ 9:25 am

New dads are needed to take part in a 25 minute online survey entitled: ‘How does postnatal depression affect infant-mother attachment, and is the role of the father a moderating factor?’

Thu 18th October 2012

The framing and econometrics of child support

Filed under: Child Support — Scrap_The_CSA @ 7:45 pm

This paper: The framing and econometrics of child support by Stuart Birks is well worth a read.

Paper for the New Zealand Association of Economists Conference
Wellington, 29 June – 1 July 2011
The approach taken to child support in New Zealand has shaped perceptions and outcomes. Despite ongoing dissatisfaction, substantial changes to the legislation have yet to be made. The current Government is considering changes which address some of the major issues: costs of children; incomes of parties; and shared care. IRD analysis replicates an Australian approach to derive a proposed alternative formula. This paper focuses on the importance of framing for shaping perceptions and outcomes, and the way econometrics is playing a part in this process. The analysis may have a wider relevance for the use of economics research.

Mon 15th October 2012

Of marriage and men: stereotypes that ignore half the story

Filed under: Child Support,Gender Politics,Law & Courts,Men's Health — Vman @ 12:10 am

I don’t think this needs a summary.

Just read it: Of marriage and men: stereotypes that ignore half the story

Sat 13th October 2012

DIY submissions to family court

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — Divorced_Man @ 9:22 am

Good morning fathers,

I don’t have any intention to flood you with all my legal documentation, however as part of my theory that family court is a “zero-sum game”, I take action and not letting any response from the other side to be left without an answer.

Fri 12th October 2012

Boshier on the couch with Women’s Refuge

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 2:12 pm

At the end of October, Women’s Refuge held their 2012 annual conference at The Winery Riverlands, Blenheim. They “planned a ground breaking conference on how we can build safer futures for women, children and families in Aotearoa.”

Based on what I have heard from hundreds of men who have come in contact with Women’s Refuge I can only assume that the families they are concerned about do not include fathers.

The attendance of NZs Principal Family Court Judge has already been noted. I was disturbed to see that he was not just there as an observer; the programme advertises that he was there to discuss “the challenges and possibilities for a safe, violence-free country.”

Wed 10th October 2012

Feminist ‘facts’

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics — Vman @ 9:42 pm

Hate statistics

This does not need a summary – just watch it:


Thu 4th October 2012

Review: Buck Up – the Real Bloke’s Guide to Getting Healthy and Living Longer

Filed under: Men's Health — JohnPotter @ 6:20 pm

Last night Felicity and I attended a function at the Millenium Centre to celebrate the launch of a new book for men by Buck Shelford and Dr Grant Schofield.

Lawyer for Family Court Hearing for Child Support

Filed under: General — rawkusworldwide @ 1:01 pm

Does anybody have personal experience or know of a lawyer well versed in the Child Support Act, they would recommend for a Family Court hearing for child support. Alternatively, any feedback on the best way to proceed with the Family Court if a lawyer is not engaged. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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