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Mon 31st March 2014

Suzanne Snively – More Rubbish Research

Filed under: Domestic Violence,General — Downunder @ 3:05 pm

A report (see here) commissioned by the Public Service Association (PSA) has made a number of recommendations it says will save businesses millions and help victims break the cycle of violence.

Report author, Suzanne Snively puts the cost of domestic violence to New Zealand business at $368 million a year.

Recommendations include workplaces adopting domestic violence policies to train employees about abuse and implementing a national policy allowing victims of domestic violence to take up to 10 days off work as special leave. (more…)

Thu 27th March 2014

Violence Towards Men, Homeless or Otherwise

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 1:11 pm

Men have long been the most frequent victims of violence and the most severe violence. While feminists don slut clothes to march demanding safety from attack on the streets (and fair enough too), the truth is that a sole male out on the streets of our cities at night is more at risk of violent attack than is a sole woman. (more…)

Wed 26th March 2014

Heroes on the job

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 5:27 pm

Tannery finned 163K

The tannery was evacuated and the unconscious men were eventually pulled from the building by co-workers, who found two breathing masks that enabled them to make it up to the mezzanine.

I wonder if this was because of on-site training or whether these guys worked out some way to save their fellow workers?

Interesting article – I hope these guys get some recognition for their quick thinking and action.

Bravery awards for heroes that saved a mate

When a team of police officers went in to save a mate and put their own lives at risk during an Auckland shooting, no one was thinking about getting a bravery medal.

Tue 25th March 2014

Legislation against possible child abuse

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 5:59 pm

I don’t have an opinion on this, I am merely posting it because

a) It is more likely to affect men
b) A select committee has expanded the bill.

I don’t have any information to hand on that but if anyone does please comment.

Legislation cracks down on child abusers

A select committee is recommending more details be required to define professions where employees will be security vetted.

It’s also added 18 extra offences to the list of convictions that’d ban a person from working with, or having responsibility for, children in their job.

Mon 24th March 2014

ACC to fund feminist sex re-education programmes in schools

Filed under: Sex Abuse / CYF — JohnPotter @ 3:08 pm

ACC has decided to fund a pilot “healthy relationship” programme in secondary schools. In a Dominion Post report on Stuff, ACC to take lead in sex education, it is claimed that the corporation received 4800 sexual violence claims last year and spent about $44 million treating the victims.

Sun 23rd March 2014

Males Failing in a Woman’s World

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General,Men's Health — Downunder @ 7:09 am

Interesting to see this on the front page of the Stuff website on a Sunday morning.

Men Failing in a Woman’s World

What’s even more interesting, is that a reporter sought the opinion of a masculist crusader.

comments were sparked by new research showing New Zealand blokes get a “raw deal” in education, health and wellbeing.

Men are more likely to fail at school, ditch university, end up in prison and commit suicide than women, according to the AUT study.

Meanwhile, females are racing ahead in education, commanding flexible working conditions and have longer life expectancy.

Self-described masculist Kerry Bevin said the women’s rights movement went too far and men are paying the price in the “feminist aftermath”.

We should not however, (more…)

Wed 19th March 2014

Female 21y has sex 50x with boy 8y gets 2 year sentence.

Filed under: General — Lukenz @ 5:55 pm

Story here: Female paedophile, 21, is jailed for two years after she had sex with an eight-year-old boy 50 times, starting when she was 16 .

The lack of transparently between male and female sentences is not just a New Zealand problem. I suppose she would be out in say 9 months. That’s 5.47 days jail per statutory rape.

If it were a male I would say 25 years and not out until the last moment. Even then under restrictions and monitored.

But who dares change it. What politician wants to get off side with the feminists and risk their future?

Familes Commission gone – almost a Dunne deal

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 5:29 pm

Families Commission reform

This is another of the lemon deals we got from Dunne. Is the country finally coming to its senses?

Significant reforms of the Families Commission have been passed into law.

The Government’s had the numbers to pass legislation enacting the changes.

It sees the Commission cut to just one Commissioner and removes over $14 million of its funding.

That cash will be used to fund a new social policy evaluation unit

What is a social policy evaluation unit?

Fri 14th March 2014

A New Low in NZ Court Sexism

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:59 am

And now, a new low for our criminal justice system when Lucille Scollay yesterday was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment with no minimal parole period, meaning she can and probably will be out of prison in 2 years for stabbing to death her husband. (more…)

Research related to Jennifer McIntosh article used for denying fathers Meaningful Access

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — MurrayBacon @ 10:19 am

Well known journalist Bettina Arndt is researching an article focussed on the recent academic paper in which 110 leading family researchers supported overnight care of infants and toddlers.

She’s urgently seeking men to interview whose contact with their young children has been adversely affected by assumptions in our family law system that such overnight care is damaging for young children. She’s particularly interested in cases where the “research” by Jen McIntosh was used to justify such decisions.

Child Support – Has anyone taken the IRD to court over assesment?

Filed under: General — BrokenHeartedDad @ 7:21 am

I have just had my “assessment” for the next year arrive in the mail yesterday. What I am bewildered about is that the IRD gives me a “living allowance” of $288.00 a week? The average rent for a 3 bedroom house in Auckland is $550.00 a week on it’s own let alone food, power, water, transport. petrol etc. How the hell do they expect anyone to live on an allowance of $288.00? This is so out of date it’s ridiculous. The more ridiculous thing is that they give me a living allowance of $288.00 yet they want me to pay over $400 a week in “child support” for my 2 year old Son?!?!? How can this possibly be justified? Child support should be just that.. support for the child. How can a 2 year old possibly cost over $400 a week? This is not child support, this is criminal support going to my nasty ex-wife. Has anyone actually taken the IRD on the definition of child support? Surely the support of a 2 year old can’t be almost double what they give me as a living allowance? Child support should be a set amount depending on the age of the child, not worked out based on my income. Children cost the same amount to raise no matter how much money you earn. I am seriously thinking of taking the IRD to court over this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers! : )

Thu 13th March 2014

The Kahui legacy

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 10:11 am

I haven’t followed this case in any detail so I am not suggesting that it is necessarily a good example but if anyone has been following it, they may like to comment on that aspect.

What I am suggesting is that since the Kahui case, which essentially remains unresolved, we have seen an increase in the number of cases where both parents are being prosecuted for neglecting a child.

Tue 11th March 2014

Teach our daughters

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 2:29 pm

So what do the guys think?

Teach our daughters

Sun 9th March 2014

Self Representing Seminar Remuera Bowling club 2004

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 1:31 pm

Self Representation and McKenzie Friend Course Notes
These notes were recorded from the Seminar arranged and funded by Jim Bagnall, at Remuera Bowling Club.
Although these notes are now quite old, legislation has been meddled with and changed, but some things just seem to stay the same?

Prosecution of Crime Reduced – Judith Collins

Judith Collins26 MARCH, 2013
Conviction, sentencing stats show crime down

Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice today show the number of people being charged in court has reduced by more than 20 per cent since 2009, Justice Minister Judith Collins says.

The Conviction and Sentencing Statistics, published on the Statistics New Zealand website, show 98,783 people appeared in court in 2012, down 7 per cent from 2011 and 22 per cent from 2009.

CYF slammed with $60 000 in legal costs

Filed under: General,Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — Downunder @ 8:05 am

The young couple, from Dunedin, have told the Sunday Star-Times of their harrowing two-year battle to regain custody of the girl, who was taken by Child, Youth and Family at just 14 weeks because the agency wrongly suspected she’d been abused.

Stuff Report

The parents had to sell their house in Dunedin and move to the North Island so they could continue to see her (their child) on supervised visits.

Sat 8th March 2014

James Wellsley WILLIAMS GFU665

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 10:06 am

(Was missing now found)

I am not posting this simply out of concern for James – I’m a little staggered at the abysmal response.

Firstly the Police media report is a little blasé about a missing male, and I would question whether the later Stuff report was generated by a journalist or by his family contacting the media.

This man is on his way to work, running late, gets a warning for speeding in Bulls and doesn’t make it to work in Wellington later that evening and is known to have left his cell phone behind in Rotorua.

36 hours later the best we can do is leave this to a few relatives mounting road side searches on possible routes he could have taken.

Given the circumstances I’m reading below I am wondering what the hell we own air force helicopters for (that are sitting a few kilometres away from bulls) or why we have search and rescue teams.

Is this any different to a climber stuck up Mt Taranaki or a German tourist lost in the bush?

Thu 6th March 2014

Interim Parenting Orders

Filed under: General — BF1972 @ 11:02 am


By accepting an interim order, would you be effectively delaying any action that the court would take on the matter?

Appreciate any thoughts on interim orders.




Christine Madeline Marion Bristol (who I shall refer to as Christine Bristol) and
Alan Robert Bristol (who I shall refer to as Alan Bristol) married on 15
February 1987, after having engaged in a de facto relationship from mid May

Impact of Media Reporting of Parental Murder Suicide

Death of Nelson mother and children a ‘tragedy of highest order’
5:01 AM Tuesday Oct 3, 2000
[Media reporting impact analysis]
Rosemary Perkin, the 35-year-old Nelson woman found dead along with her three young daughters in their home, was an ordinary woman living an unremarkable life in suburban Stoke.
Police believe Mrs Perkin killed her daughters Alice, aged 8, Maria, 6, and 23-month-old Cherie in their beds before killing herself in the basement of their Songer Street home some time over the weekend.

Wed 5th March 2014

Hansard DV Act 1994

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts,White Ribbon Campaign — MurrayBacon @ 12:46 pm

Those who forget history, supposedly are doomed to repeat it.
Life is much more cruel than that….
This is the debate that led to the Domestic Violence Act

Tue 4th March 2014


Filed under: Men's Health,Sex Abuse / CYF — MurrayBacon @ 7:12 pm

FRIDAY MARCH 21ST 9am-5.30pm
Rolleston Lecture Theatre
University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine
2 Riccarton Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

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