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Fri 2nd November 2012

Gender Obfuscation in Workplace Deaths

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Men's Health — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:43 am

FYI, I sent the following to Francios Barton, Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment concerning a news article today:

I sent the following to journalist Natalie Akoorie regarding her NZ Herald article on a construction work safety campaign. The article suggests that the use of the word ‘people’ in referring to workplace deaths and injuries may have come from you. As a representative of community group ‘The Ministry of Men’s Affairs’ I urge you to start being honest about the true gender nature of this issue.

“While your article was commendable for raising awareness of workplace risk, your use of the word ‘people’ in refering to 100 workplace deaths per year served to hide the true gender nature of the statistic. The fact is that most years 100% of those deaths are suffered by men while female deaths seldom reach even a few percent. For any problem that kills or victimizes mainly women the gender of the victims would be emphasized in any journalist’s story. Why is it then that the male gender’s contribution or suffering is routinely hidden by those same journalists? Instead, media constantly support bitter complaints from feminists portraying it as unjust that women earn on average about 12% less than men across the much safer jobs women do.”

Thu 1st November 2012

Dunne claims child support amendment formula will be fairer: Yeah Right

Filed under: Child Support,General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 7:06 pm

Media Release

Dunne claims child support amendment formula will be fairer: Yeah Right

Long time child support reformer, Jim Nicolle, describes Peter Dunne’s claim that the new child support formula would be fairer as a ‘Tui Billboard’.

Police Admit False Claims about Rugby Domestic Violence

Filed under: Domestic Violence,General,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:55 am

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs recently challenged the NZ police for making a public claim that domestic violence call outs had increased during an All Blacks match. The police have finally responded acknowledging that they had not been able to find any significant link between family violence and rugby matches. (more…)

Boshier’s Last Salvo

Filed under: Domestic Violence,General,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:33 am

Principal Family Court Judge Boshier has made what is described as his last speech in the role. Guess where? Yep, at the Women’s Refuge annual conference. Radio NZ has today been pushing his call in that speech to make domestic violence a separate criminal offence. Various feminist sympathizers have agreed but the only real advantage they point to is to ensure better statistics about such violence. I think those statistics already exist, and it would be much more useful to gather data to highlight the amount of false allegation and suicide (for each gender) in Boshier’s Court.

FYI, our media release today:


PO Box 13130, Tauranga 3141
Contact Kerry Bevin (09)4747762 or Hans Laven (07)5712435 or (0274)799745; mmainnz@gmail.com

1 November 2012


Men’s Affairs Group Criticizes Judge Boshier

Community group The Ministry of Men’s Affairs expressed concern today about the extent to which Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier had sided with feminist groups during his tenure. Spokesperson Kerry Bevin claimed that Judge Boshier’s frequent involvement with feminist groups had encouraged the Family Court to take his lead in favouring female litigants and prioritizing women’s concerns much more than issues affecting men and children.

Judge Boshier’s final speech in his role was at a conference of Women’s Refuge, described by Kerry Bevin as “an organisation that encourages women to blame almost any relationship dissatisfaction they might experience on male partners and to trash their children’s family units on that basis.” In contrast, Bevin said that Judge Boshier has simply refused to meet with fathers’ groups or men’s representatives throughout his tenure.

“Boshier’s call to make domestic violence a separate criminal offence seems difficult to understand because such violence is already a criminal offence, but it sure plays into the hands of anti-family and anti-male groups. He could have used his last speech to try to impact positively on our society by, for example, calling for initiatives to keep families together, to reduce the high suicide rate among those who go through Family Court especially fathers, or to reduce the huge problem of false accusations that are made in his Court and that unnecessarily damage relationships between children and their fathers.”

Kerry Bevin claimed that most men who had endured Family Court proceedings would be glad to see the end of Judge Boshier, and hoped that his replacement would show gender neutrality and more concern for children’s welfare.

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.

Sun 30th September 2012

Protecting Children Through Separation

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 8:50 pm

Making the Marriage Licence Worth Something?

While the marriage licence is being applied for, we could be reporting to parents on their parenting skills and resources. This is based on financial resources, employment skills, day to day parenting skills and mental health. Family backup is a little part of this equation, for time support, as well as parenting mentoring and financial support.

The arrangement suggested below gives parents good incentives to work together, to develop and protect their children. If one parent wishes to separate, they must obtain the agreement of the other parent, before the children are removed from the marital home. (If DV was claimed to be an issue, then proof would be required, before any sanctions were applied or the care of the children altered in any way.)

Parents who might be tempted to use Parental Alienation would clearly see that if they separate, they will get the lesser amount of care, or even risk having the children removed completely. On separation, shared parenting can be seen to offer better protection for the children, especially for parents with poorer skills.

Thu 27th September 2012

Brian Gardiner defends White Ribbon Hate Campaign

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics — JohnPotter @ 4:46 pm

Yesterday’s RadioNZ Nine to Noon featured an item about the recent release of Police family violence statistics. I strongly recommend MENZ readers listen to this online while it’s available.

Black Ribbon Table – slight change

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 2:59 pm

Please note that the Hamilton and Tauranga dates have had to be reversed due to availability of key personnel. I have amended the original post to reflect the new schedule, shown below. Note that the Auckland dates remain as they were with no change.

Saturday 6 October: Manurewa town centre
Saturday 13 October: Red Square, Tauranga
Saturday 20 October: St Kevin’s Arcade, K Rd, Auckland
Saturday 27 October: Garden Place, Hamilton

Wed 26th September 2012

Parent relationships hypocrisy

Filed under: Gender Politics,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 8:49 pm

Parent relationships hypocracy?
In these examples, the “judges” under the spotlight are in USA and in Turkey. The USA case was not under Hague Convention, but the real world parenting issues are similar.

The terror of the politically correct – Karen Woodall

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 5:08 pm

While many men are sitting delicately, on their oversized derrieres, it is women who are getting out and actively doing something to protect children’s rights to have a relationship with their fathers….

No, I am not suggesting drug or electric shock treatment for your lethargy, more adrenaline injections from extreme violence…..

Anyway, maybe reading Karen Woodall’s blogsite will give many useful directions:

Out with the old and in with the new: on shared parenting and the road ahead (2)

Tue 25th September 2012

NZ Police: Nearly 50 per cent of children who die as a result of family violence are killed by their mothers

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — Vman @ 1:31 pm

NZ Police today released a report summarising the findings of 95 family violence death reviews involving 101 victims between 2004 and 2011.

The report, which did not include all deaths that occurred during that period, found 15 out of 33 child victims were killed by their mums.

Five newborn babies were killed by women who concealed their pregnancies, while six children were killed by their mothers prior to them committing suicide.

The most common cause of death was head trauma. Suffocation or drowning by the mother was also on the list.

The article provides a complete breakdown of relationship violence resulting in death. For NZ this is ground breaking stuff and we need to spread this data far and wide.

Family violence death toll revealed

Letter to Hon Paula Bennett Re: Child Support and Benefit Abuse

Filed under: Child Support — rawkusworldwide @ 1:09 pm

Dear Paula

I wish to draw your attention to a case that has come to light with Child Support NZ.

My husband and his ex wife had a private arrangement where he paid her child support each month as a cash payment. She went on a benefit during this time and did not notify him of the change in circumstances or furnish his correct contact details to CSA NZ for collection, in spite of being in regular contact. (more…)

Black Ribbons March On

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 12:07 pm

We are going to set up a table promoting the Black Ribbon Campaign – Show You Care About Men each Saturday in October, 10am to 2pm, as follows:

Saturday 6 October: Manurewa town centre
Saturday 13 October: Red Square, Tauranga
Saturday 20 October: St Kevin’s Arcade, K Rd, Auckland
Saturday 27 October: Garden Place, Hamilton

We warmly invite you to call in and support the campaign (or disagree with it if that’s your bent). We will be seeking donations and distributing black ribbons, badges and information pamphlets.

Remember that if you would like a package including a black ribbon, badge and information pamplet sent to you, please send your postal address to mmainnz@gmail.com. We would appreciate a donation of $5 (or more) to the Black Ribbon Campaign account 38-9008-0274760-00.

I have recently become aware that there is an ongoing Black Ribbon Campaign with the slogan ‘Combatting Feminist Lies’, attributed to the New Zealand Equality Education Foundation and the International Ex-Fetus Association. I see both campaigns as being towards similar ends and can support each other.

We will be out there and hope to see some of you!

‘Time for a Change’ in how we address DV?

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 11:29 am

Written for FathersCan by Dr. Don Dutton PHD-for national and International distribution

‘Time for a Change?’

What do Chris Brown, Ike Turner, and OJ Simpson have in common? They are all famous men who beat their wives. Chris Brown’s case got maximum exposure on Oprah, Ike Turner was vilified in a movie, OJ got all day/every day coverage at his murder trial. Our ability to remember them as examples of “wife beaters” is called the availability he uristic- we develop these associations largely from high profile media events. Since an availability heuristic- the examples of domestic violence we can call to mind- shapes our beliefs and judgments about an issue like domestic violence, the question is raised whether these media examples are representative of typical domestic violence.

The answer is that they are not. They misrepresent domestic violence in three ways by making the perpetrators appear to always be black, male and acting alone. Reality bites- when large sample victim surveys that ask about domestic violence are done, a very different picture emerges. In the first place, domestic violence is not more common in black relationships than white or other racial groups. Perhaps more surprisingly, the stereotype of the male as a bully and the female as hapless victim is not supported by the data. Surveys from 1989 to 2007 keep finding the same thing; the most common form of domestic violence is two -way- both partners assault each other at about the same level of severity. Women are hurt somewhat more but only somewhat- men get hurt too for the obvious reason that everyday weapons get used, knives, frying pans, and boiling water, amongst other things.

Sun 23rd September 2012

Owen Glenn is wasting his money

Filed under: Domestic Violence — JohnPotter @ 1:43 pm

Independent enquiry!!! was the subject of the email I recieved yesterday, noting that Owen Glenn is launching an inquiry into domestic violence and with the comment that this could be a chance for men’s concerns to be heard.

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