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Mon 14th September 2015

Canadian Identity Researcher Professor Robert A. Kenedy Will Visit NZ

He will arrive on Thursday 15th October and expects to be in NZ for about one week.

I am doing research on fathers, shared/continued parenting, as well as related areas. I have been working in this area for about 26 years, mainly in Canada, the UK, and US. I am now looking at the Global Shared Parenting movement and would like to do interviews with those in Australia and New Zealand. The interviews will be part of the book I am writing about the Family Law system, the Fathers’ Rights/Parenting Movement, and related issues. I would like to interview fathers, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, and others who have been impacted by the Family Law System. I would also like to interview mental health professionals, legal professionals, and others who have concerns about the Family Law System. All interviews will be confidential and those being interviewed will remain anonymous.

Overall, I am interviewing parents and others who are concerned with the state of the family law system, children, and parenting. I am particularly concerned about the stress experienced as a result of separation and divorce such as potential mental and physical health issues as well as possible suicide ideation and suicide. I have also interviewed many participants who have discussed domestic violence, false accusations, and related issues.

Sun 13th September 2015

MRA Perspectives on Recent Events

1. Michael Murray sentenced to life for murder of Connor Morris

It’s difficult to imagine anything more provocative than seeing a P-addled gang member bashing the shit out of your brother with the real possibility of death or permanent brain damage. That doesn’t mean it’s ok to have a slasher with you and to swing the steel end as hard as possible in to the P-addled gang member’s head, causing his or her hasty death. However, cases like this show just how nasty and unrealistic it was to remove the partial defence of provocation, at least for males in situations of true provocation. Michael Murray may have been able to run that partial defence and many reasonable people would have seen that as justified. He would still have been sent to prison for years and fair enough. It would have been possible under our current murder laws to sentence him to a non-parole period of less than 10 years but it seemed that, because privileged female half-celebrity Millie Elder was upset (at losing her P supplier?), this possible way of taking into account provocation was unconscionable. Either way, Michael Murray won’t spend his imprisonment in ‘solitary confinement’ as our stupid media have been reporting, but he will be in a protection block with mainly harmless sex offenders; that won’t be very safe or feel very safe to him though. (more…)

Fri 20th February 2015

Is the Ban on Using Force in Discipline Working?

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:32 am

The anti-smacking law (actually the anti-use-of-force-in-discipline law) was based largely on feminist ideology. The idea that male characteristics of size and strength should be allowed to be used to exert ‘power and control’ was anathema to feminists, and they projected their sense of injustice on to the matter of raising and disciplining children. State-sponsored sole parenthood often involved rejection of male influence in raising children and the anti-smacking law was an extension of this.

Thu 16th October 2014

The boy school leaver

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education — Downunder @ 6:53 pm

NZCER was contracted by the Association of Boys’ Schools of New Zealand (ABSNZ) to undertake an analysis of student achievement in New Zealand boys’ schools, and to identify approaches and strategies used by high-achieving boys’ schools.
In 2012, 28 percent of boys leaving school came from boys’ schools: a total of 7,439 students, increased somewhat from 7,390 in 2010.
The quantitative analysis provided here compares the achievement of boys in state and state-integrated boys’ secondary schools with the achievement of boys in state and state-integrated co-educational secondary schools over the period 2010–12. It uses data on secondary qualifications, namely: …

NZCER New Zealand Council of Educational Research

Call to people caring for families involved with CYFS

Perhaps the main highlight of this website ‘MENZ’, for me, was the connection to men caring about families dealing with Child, Youth and Family Services aka CYFS.

Sat 23rd August 2014

Child Abduction

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Law & Courts — Had_Enough @ 6:16 pm

My 15 year old daughter was taken to Canada by her mother a few months ago. The Courts allowed this because they allow mothers to do most things don’t they, but I don’t know where she is now.

Wed 20th August 2014

2014 suicide figures released

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Men's Health — Downunder @ 3:05 pm

Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean today released the provisional annual suicide figures for the year ending 30 June 2014.

The total for the year was 529, which is the lowest number by two since the annual coronial figures were first produced for the 2007/08 year. There were 12 fewer suicides compared to last year, and 29 fewer than the 2010/11 year, which was the highest annual number recorded in the last seven years.

Judge MacLean said, “while it is encouraging to see a slight drop in numbers, the overall rate is still stubbornly high and disappointingly consistent.”

Of the 12 fewer suicides (more…)

Wed 13th August 2014

Robin Williams – A Great Men’s Advocate

Robin Williams

Yesterday the world reeled from the sudden death of Actor/Comedian Robin Williams.

Today tributes will flow, and rightfully so, from all corners of the earth, from those who knew him and worked with him, to those who respected and enjoyed his immense talent – he was a rare talent that could seize any moment, and turn it into theatre and laughter.

He will be remembered for his many roles, his ability to own the part, to make them unique likeable characters that only he could create.

But beyond this is another Robin Williams, a modern day Charlie Chaplin – both of whom are notable, not just because of their fame, but their political positions. (more…)

Sun 1st June 2014

Evaluation of Child Support Act for Children and Parents

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Child Support,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 12:37 am

4 Objects
See: www.legislation.co.nz

• The objects of this Act are—
o (a)to affirm the right of children to be maintained by their parents:
o (b)to affirm the obligation of parents to maintain their children:
o (c)to affirm the right of caregivers of children to receive financial support in respect of those children from non-custodial parents of the children:
o (d)to provide that the level of financial support to be provided by parents for their children is to be determined according to their capacity to provide financial support:

Sat 31st May 2014

Child Neglect – The Bomb in the Brain

As a country, NZ does need to address the protection of several hundreds of thousands of children. Their happiness is seriously being disadvantaged, their ability to manage and organise their lives is compromised and their ability to take up education is being wasted by missing the opportunity to have a proper developing upbringing.

Thu 15th May 2014

Budget 2014

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Child Support,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 4:10 pm

Budget 2014

The Government has fairly successfully managed the costs and social upheaval associated with Christchurch Earthquake.

The budget has addressed large tax cuts to the top end of earners and generally not addressed tax evasion, particularly by corporations and wealthy individuals. These problems pervade the western world, as a result of ownership of political parties right across the spectrum, by extremely wealthy individuals. This conflict of interest can only be addressed, by tracking back all major donations to political parties and publishing them, after each election. This budget has not addressed these conflicts of interest. One example of such influence, is the Sky City “gambling deal”.

The budget has constructively addressed housing costs, supply and quality.

The budget has assisted parents, by subsidising costs of medical treatment, for children under 13 years.

Thu 1st May 2014

Consciousness raising?

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Men's Health — MurrayBacon @ 11:47 am

Recently, Downunder was discussing whether menz.org.nz had any persuasive power at all. Other people had suggested that it is a waste of time, as nothing ever comes out of these discussions (they were taking an unrealistic short term, focus).

Downunder suggested that apart from the people taking part in the discussions, many other people kept a silent watch on the site and there is quite a bit of communication and educating going on.

Fri 11th April 2014

Keep Your Eye on the Ball?

Every now and then, it is necessary to push aside all of the distractions and make sure that the main energy is focussed onto the most important issues.
It is necessary to identify actions that should have been taken place but didn’t, as much as the actions that did take place.
But what are they?

Thu 3rd April 2014

Women research sexual coercion of men

This story was brought to us by Family First:

Posted by Editor on Monday, March 31, 2014
FoxNews 27 March 2014
A huge proportion of young men say they have ended up submitting to unwanted sexual advances—and 95% of the time, a female they knew was the aggressor, according to new research.

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…)

Thu 6th February 2014

Sexualisation of Girls – impacts on boys?

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General,Men's Health — MurrayBacon @ 10:38 pm

There has been discussion about commercial forces using sexualisation of girls for manipulation to increase sales of low intrinsic value products.

Melinda Tankard Reist has given public presentations at Forum on the Family, her book Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls and a Sydney Morning Herald article Sex sells, but we’re selling out our children.

Wed 20th November 2013

Men’s Identities – seen through their spending patterns?

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,Men's Health — MurrayBacon @ 8:47 pm

Social science may have largely ignored men as individuals, but there is money to be had by listening to men……

Men’s Health Australia announce release by Saachi and Saachi:

The Modern (Aussie) Man White Paper

Thu 31st October 2013

Deputy Principal won’t give me my sons school report

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — Had_Enough @ 2:16 pm


My son is a Year 12 student at a large college in Hamilton. He was formerly in my custody but has been in his mother’s custody since 2008. The mother and I don’t get on and as a result of this she is quite obstructive and won’t send me copies of my sons school reports.

Thu 3rd October 2013

October Protests

Representatives of the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (a community group because successive governments have failed to respect the voice and welfare of men) will be present at protests each Saturday in October to coincide with the male-denigrating White Ribbon Campaign. The protests will will encourage people to wear a black ribbon instead to show they oppose violence against women, men and chidren regardless of who commits it. Other men’s issues will also be aired at the protests, e.g. the lack of any government commitment towards men’s welfare while the Ministry of Women’s Affairs has already cost the country well over $100 million, and the scandalous refusal to address male suicide and to provide male-tailored interventions in relation to our suicide problem that kills more men than road accidents do and almost four times as many men as women. Please join us for a while, sing a song with us or at least come by for a quick visit and some moral support if you can.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday 5th October, 11am to 2pm: TAURANGA, close to the Red Square (the exact position depending on wind, weather and welcome).

Saturday 12th October, 11am to 2pm: MANUREWA shopping centre, Gt South Road, near the police station.

Saturday 19th October, 10am to 2pm: HAMILTON, including the Frankton Market in the morning, and the town square (opposite the casino) from about lunchtime.

Saturday 26th October, 11am to 2pm: AUCKLAND, outside St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road.

We hope to see a few friendly faces!

Contact numbers: (09)4247762 or (0274)799745

Sun 18th August 2013

Father’s Day 1st September Sydney

Greg Andresen of Men’s Health Australia has set up a March for Father’s Day, 1st September Sunday, at Hyde Park Corner, Sydney.

The Theme is A Voice for Children and is against all of the commercial forms of Parental Alienation.

These issues are even more of a problem in New Zealand than in Australia, where the caught$ do give children some protection from parental abduction by mothers.

The failings start with the police who process Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) on the basis of personal statements, (more…)

Mon 10th June 2013

Plight of Emotionally Neglected Children in NZ

Emotional neglect is a silent destroyer of lives, many, many lives. Most suffer is silence, sometimes under suicide gravestones, sometimes in psychiatric units doped or electrocuted to silence.

The early damage was done by failure to respond, to smile, to talk back as often as needed by the baby. Doesn’t sound dramatic, but the long term consequences are dramatic, if the connection can be seen at all.

Few want to tell their stories in public. Few understand their own situation and the drivers that caused it, so how could they complain even if they tried?
The most severe and hardest to cure layers of the problem, were laid down before they could talk and well before adult memories start to be laid down.

Sat 13th April 2013

Time’s up for familycaught$ secret bullies

Times up for familycaught$ secret bullies by Judith Collins Minister of Justice

Judith Collins – some details lost in translation, some gained.
1 APRIL, 2013

Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced a raft of new proposals to hold familycaught$ bullies to account for their bullying and harmful behaviour.

Tue 18th December 2012

Offender Anita Killeen Gets Special Treatment

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 8:39 pm

You might have come across this case last week in which a former Chief Prosecutor for the Serious Fraud Office was nicely discharged without conviction after pleading guilty to forgery charges for which she could have been jailed for up to 10 years. (more…)

Sun 16th December 2012

The Connecticut school serial killer moved to live with his mum after the divorce, 3 years ago

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Domestic Violence,General — Divorced_Man @ 7:29 pm

Am I the only person NOT surprised to find that Adam Lanzra, who killed his mum and then killed 26 other victims (20 young children), experienced divorce 3 years ago, then moved to live with his mum that took him out from school for home-schooling. They were financially stable after the divorce, read the article it may give you a clue “why”!

Fri 26th October 2012

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…)

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