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Tue 16th December 2014

FABULOUS five day/night camp for families for no more than $50

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 8:18 am

Seasons greetings, my dear gentlemen. :)

I am here to let you know that I have an awesome camp coming up that I booked two years ago and got lots of funding for. Its an actual island on the Waikato River and we have plenty of bunkrooms so YOU WON’T HAVE TO SHARE as well as lots of land for tents, etc.

Mon 15th September 2014

Dad’s evening in Wellington – Father & Child Trust

Filed under: Events,General — JohnPotter @ 4:14 pm

Father & Child are making a second attempt to get a branch started in Wellington.

Thu 19th December 2013

First International Conference on Men’s Issues

Filed under: Events,Gender Politics — JohnPotter @ 4:49 pm

A Voice for Men will be hosting the First International Conference on Men’s Issues on June 27 and 28 of 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.


Presenters include: Dr. Warren Farrell, Erin Pizzey, Robert Franklin, Dr. Miles Groth, Barbara Kay, Karen Straughan, Carnell Smith, Paul Elam, Sen. Anne Cools, Dr. Paul Nathanson, Dr. Tara Palmatier, and Tom Golden.

As one of the commenters says:

What a line-up!! It’s like a men’s human rights Woodstock.

Wed 23rd October 2013

Single Parent Conference

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 10:32 pm

Our Themes for 2013
1) Single Parents you’re Brilliant, and;
2) Lose the labels

This is the first known conference ever for single parents made up of fathers and mothers who wish to start something from the ground. It’s a joint effort to bring attention to single parent families from a realistic perspective for who better knows what is needed and how to move forward than single parents themselves.

9.30am – 12.30pm Speakers

  • Senior Lecturer Dr Lesley Patterson (School of People, Environment and Planning)
  • Single Parent Julie Whitehouse
  • Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

1 – 2.30pm Speakers

  • Single Parent Aaron D’Souza
  • 1.30 – 1.45pm Dance Entertainment
  • Single Parent Jayesh Jain
  • Single Parent Alan Gibson

3pm – 5pm Speakers

  • Law Society on Family Court Law
  • IRD on Child Support
  • WINZ on welfare changes

We understand single parents will need to bring children if they don’t have means for childcare and have organized entertainment in a separate hall. 
10am – 11.30am

  • Clown, Juggler, Magician and Acrobat Le Cirque de JP will entertain children and caregivers in a hall attached through a foyer.

12.30pm– 5pm

  • Throughout the day children can play with toys, dressup clothing, arts and crafts and more.

BYO lunch, coffee, tea, etc provided.
COST: Gold coin donation
Date: 2nd November, 2013
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Place: Kelston Community Centre
Address: 135 Awaroa Rd, Sunnyvale 0602(corner of Great North Rd and Awaroa Rd – opposite Waikumete Cemetery) – MAP here
Sponsored by: Auckland Single Parent’s Trust and Te Kaitiakitanga Tamaki Makaurau o te Matua Kotahitanga

Sun 20th October 2013

Black Ribbon Campaining Going Well

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Events,Gender Politics,General,White Ribbon Campaign — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:50 am

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs is a community group because successive governments have ignored the voice and welfare of NZ men.

Each Saturday in October a few of us have been pounding the pavements in different cities to raise awareness of men’s issues and to encourage people to wear a black ribbon rather than supporting the male-bashing White Ribbon Campaign. We have handed out thousands of leaflets and we express our gratitude to Paul Catton for generously donating several reams of leaflets as well as food and refreshments for the campaigners.

We have been heartened at the level of positive response to our campaign from the various cultural and socioeconomic groups represented in the places we visited so far. (more…)

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 1st September 2013

Protecting legal worker’s marketing image from the truth

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Events,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 9:58 am

Judge Jock: Time to Pull Finger, Grave Charges Against Lawyer, Star Chamber Convened
Jock Anderson | WEEKEND REVIEW

Fancy being a Judge? Get Involved and Do Your Bit
Folk are wanted to serve on a host of New Zealand Law Society specialist committees – someone reckoned there’s about 154 of them at last count.

Tue 20th August 2013

Fathers Day Picnic/BBQ

Filed under: Events,General — Brendon Smith @ 12:38 pm

Father and Child Trust are pleased to invite you to…

our Fathers Day Picnic/BBQ Sunday 1st Sept, 2013, Noon – 4pm

at Ambury Farm Park, Mangere Bridge, Auckland…

Families welcome, low cost sausages, drinks, ice creams, coffee…

Father and Child Trust Auckland Ph 525 1690


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 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

Sun 28th August 2011

Fathers Day Jamboree

Filed under: Events — Brendon Smith @ 12:41 pm

On September 4th from 12noon to 4pm, we are hosting a Fathers Day music and dance event.
Bring your family, instruments, songs or dance and join in the fun.
Local musicians will help blend the acts together,
low cost barbeque sausages will be available,
find fathering information and meet other parents.
Onehunga Community Centre – 83 Church Street
Call 525 1690 for queries or contributions!

Wed 1st December 2010

Suicide awareness and prevention presentation

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 3:49 pm

I thought I’d put this up here because it’s become a big event and men’s representative Jim Bagnall is presenting something special about fathers plight and suicide and by the looks of it Murray will be video taping the event. Also, I chased up a teenager who left a comment on a post by Mike in May 2008 and then met up with the mother the article was about. She [Maria Bradshaw] is remarkable and already changes are taking place in New Zealand regarding suicide awareness.

We’d love for men and women who read this site to come along and support as well as learn some.

ORGANISATIONS are banding together in the battle against suicide, which claims more Kiwi lives per year than the road toll and you are invited to come listen to speakers sensitive to the subject and the latest unfortunate events in Papakura.

Debbie Swanwick, of the Auckland Single Parents Trust, says East Auckland has the highest rate of suicide of men aged 40-60 in the western world.

Suicide prevention group Casper and the trust are holding a public meeting to share personal stories, current practices and other options to try reduce the number of people who take their own lives.

The meeting will take place on Sunday, December 5, from 3-6pm at the Senior Citizens Hall, 8 East Street, Papakura.

Casper, which stands for Community Action on Suicide Prevention Education and Research, was co-founded by Maria Bradshaw, who has been campaigning for suicide awareness and change since the death of her son, Toran Henry, at the age of 17 in 2008.

Jim Bagnall, of Project Reunion, who has worked with more than 10,000 fathers and mothers dealing with separations over the past 12 years, will present “The Black Hole”, a place people reach prior to taking their own lives. “People naturally revert to their instinctual level where self harm or harm to others can take place”, he says. “The system to some degree is not coping and experiences can fill in the gaps”.

Other speakers include representatives of Counties Manukau Mental Health and a secondary school student who has experienced depression.

The meeting will coincide with the opening of the South Auckland division of Auckland Single Parents Trust, and will start with a performance by dance group The Geeks.
For enquiries, email info@singleparents.org.nz

Tue 21st September 2010

Free tickets for Pinocchio family live show

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 8:25 pm

Southern Star Charitable Trust presents a Kids In Show Seats benefit in aid of worthy charities and have kindly given Auckland Single Parents Trust free tickets to give out to separated families. (more…)

Sun 22nd August 2010

Protests + Men’s Rights in the Justice System

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 5:20 pm

A protest for men’s rights expresses a ……. strong reaction to the way father’s are treated through feminist anti father policy and procedure in New Zealand’s government departments, family and criminal courts and Child, Youth and Family Services (CYFS), ……… and a reaction against misandry – ‘the hatred of men’.

Men’s Rights Protesters protest ……….. as a way of publicly and forcefully making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion and government’s treatment on the nation’s men of all ages and ……… to undertake direct action in an attempt to directly enact desired changes themselves.

Because many father’s are wanting to protest in their own areas, leading protesters are touring the country. If you want to get involved in any area and need a lift – ask, if you need a place to stay – ask. It’s a team effort and men and women are happy to open their homes to protesters, drive them around, feed them and so on. If you’ve never been part of a protest – you’re in for a treat. Not only is protesting a great way of standing up for yourself, it’s a great release.

Dates, Times and Places.


Sun 28th February 2010

Mayoral Fathers Breakfast

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 12:28 pm

Parents Inc. holds a number of one off events throughout the year, the largest being the Auckland Mayoral Fathers Breakfast. This event was first launched in 1994 by the then Mayor of Auckland, Les Mills. Over the last 15 years thousands of fathers have attended this hugely popular annual breakfast.

Being a Dad is the most important job a man can do, so were offering advice and support to fathers so they can do their job better. The breakfast is also really good fun and a great feed, says Ian Grant.

Each breakfast has a star line-up of speakers, such as Nick Farr-Jones, Todd Blackadder, Sean Fitzpatrick, Stephen Tindall and Neil Finn. The speakers weve had at the breakfasts over the years have been from all sorts of professions sports, business, medicine, entertainment but they all have one thing in common, says Ian, Theyre all outstanding fathers.

Speakers present their personal experience of fatherhood, sharing the things that have worked and the things that havent. The practical nature of the speakers advice, combined with the atmosphere generated by more than 700 fathers in a room, makes for a powerful event.

Cost: Single Ticket Price: $55.00 (Admits one person)
Table Of 10 Price: $550.00 (Admits 10 people)

Phone Janet Hird, Parents Inc. on 09 524 1388 or 0800 53 56 59
Email: fathers.breakfast@parentsinc.org.nz

The Fathers Breakfast are planned for the following dates in 2010

Christchurch Tuesday 16 March @ AMI Stadium
Address: Deloitte Lounge, Deans Stand, AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Region: Canterbury

* Sir Gil Simpson KNZN, QSM technology entrepreneur
* David McPhail ONZM, QSM actor/writer
* Ruben Wiki ONZM rugby league legend
* Ian Grant QSO founder and director of Parents Inc.
* Zane Scarborough Attitude presenter for Parents Inc.

Booking Form

Wellington Tuesday 1 June @ Wellington Town Hall Auditorium

Auckland Tuesday 24 August @ Sky City Conference Centre
Booking Form

Wed 28th October 2009

March for Democracy – vote with your feet

Filed under: Events,General — Julie @ 12:37 pm

We need you! your energy and your networking ability to get the message out!

The March for Democracy will be held in Queen St Auckland and will be calling on the government to amend s59 of the Crimes Act so that the law does not treat light smacking for the purpose of correction as a criminal offence, and to respect the democratic voice of NZers.

Please mark this date in your diaries as we make a stand for families and for democracy in New Zealand on November 21st at 1.30pm

Colin Craig, an Auckland businessman who is funding the march, says

I find it deeply disturbing that such a clear message from the people of this country to government has been ignored. My forefathers fought for a democracy and in a democracy the government does not pass and retain laws that nearly 90% of the people don’t want. It is my turn to help fight for the rights of ordinary New Zealanders.

Hes absolutely right but hes not just moaning about it.

Hes putting his money where his mouth is. He wants to host the biggest public march NZ has seen and we need to get in behind him.

Mon 12th October 2009

Domestic Violence against Men Day

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 12:59 pm

Indian men and their families are taking to the streets across India in protest of feminism’s domestic violence ideology.

Fed-up of being victims of domestic violence, harassed men and their family members across the country will take to the streets in prominent cities to protest against Domestic Violence Act. Representatives of Save India Family Foundation while talking to TOI informed that following an increase in the number of such complaints, they had decided to mark October 25 – day the Act was implemented – as Domestic Violence against Men Day and have chalked a list of activities, including protest marches by thousands of men in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Hyderabad.

We will be organizing a protest march in various prominent places of different cities across country on October 25, said Nitin Gupta, representative, SIFF, Chandigarh unit, adding, In Chandigarh, we have sought permission to stage a dharna in Sector 17, whereas our Delhi unit is planning one near Jantar Mantar.

Clearing the air, NGO members plan to observe the entire October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the first time it will be done in the country. Our aim is to make it an international event for all mens rights and fathers rights groups across the world. Our month-long campaign will focus on educating the Indian public about how the problem of domestic violence has been misrepresented; how DVA has been commercialized and how Indian laws, claiming to prevent domestic violence, are actually promoting domestic it as well as human rights abuse against men, women and children, Gupta added.

Times of India

It is unbelievable what his happening in India. To take a look at how feminism is affecting their culture visit Save Indian Family

Thu 27th August 2009

New Dad requiring info on guardian rights

Filed under: Events,General — Robbie Kay @ 2:11 pm

Hi. Can someone plse advise where i can find info my rights on me now being a legal guradian. I have just won access for my 20month young daughter. By the end of the year I shoud be having her on a regular basis every second weekend. I need to know things like ‘ how do i go about requesting my ex partner for taking my daughter on holiday?’ ‘how long am i legally allowed to have her for holidays’ am to be advised on what schools she is to attend ?’ and what other things am i legally obliged to know about the raising of my daughter by my ex partner ??????

Fri 21st August 2009

Forum of the Family 2009

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 3:44 pm


Last year, we had almost 200 delegates and over 60 organisations represented. This is an opportunity for pro-family pro-life pro-marriage organisations, scholars, lobby groups and individuals to come together to encourage and inspire each other, and be equipped to speak up for family issues in NZ.

The Forum on the Family is for anybody who;

Tue 4th August 2009

Male Education Workshop

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 7:50 am

Are todays boys and young men more destructive and out of control?

What can we do to hook boys in to learning and raise their achievement? Do we have different standards and expectations for boys and girls?

The workshop will answer these questions by examining a number of powerful ideas. These ideas impact on young males whether they are at preschool, primary, secondary, university or starting work.

  • Boys have wonderful qualities which need to be recognised and developed
  • Boys require rules, responsibilities, consequences, challenges and expectations.
  • School is wherever a boy can learn
  • Movement and the outdoors are crucial in a boys learning and development
  • The relationship between teacher and boy is a crucial factor for learning
  • There are powerful influences (entertainment, role models) in our homes and communities that harm our boys.
  • (more…)

    Sat 4th July 2009


    Filed under: Events — Julie @ 9:12 am

    Hosted by His Worship, Hon. John Banks, QSO, Mayor Auckland City and chaired by Bruce Pilbrow, CEO Parents Inc.

    Parents Inc. holds a number of one off events throughout the year, the largest being the Auckland Mayoral Fathers Breakfast. This event was first launched in 1994 by the then Mayor of Auckland, Les Mills. Over the last 15 years thousands of fathers have attended this hugely popular annual breakfast.

    Being a Dad is the most important job a man can do, so were offering advice and support to fathers so they can do their job better. The breakfast is also really good fun and a great feed, says Ian Grant.

    Each breakfast has had a star line-up of speakers, such as Nick Farr-Jones, Todd Blackadder, Sean Fitzpatrick, Stephen Tindall and Neil Finn. The speakers weve had at the breakfasts over the years have been from all sorts of professions sports, business, medicine, entertainment but they all have one thing in common, says Ian, Theyre all outstanding fathers.

    Speakers present their personal experience of fatherhood, sharing the things that have worked and the things that havent. The practical nature of the speakers advice, combined with the atmosphere generated by more than 700 fathers in a room, makes for a powerful event.

    Venue: Vector Arena; 42 Mahuhu Crescent Parnell, Auckland

    Cost:$55 per person
    $550 per table of 11
    (includes cooked breakfast)


    Phone Parents Inc. on 09 524 1387
    Email: fathers.breakfast@parentsinc.org.nz

    Tue 16th June 2009

    Support Group for the Wellbeing of Fathers

    Filed under: Events — Julie @ 12:19 pm

    Help celebrate Mens Health Week.
    Learn about local events, share latest information!

    Join us every Wednesday, 7.30pm, Onehunga Community Centre
    83 Church Street, Onehunga

    Brendon Smith
    Father and Child Trust, Auckland
    Ph (09) 525 1690

    We aim to provide a safe place for sharing father related issues, with understanding and hoping to strengthen our fathering abilities.

    Mon 25th May 2009

    Circus Quirkus

    Filed under: Events — Julie @ 12:09 pm

    Rotary Club of Newmarket is putting on a wonderful circus performance as they have for the past 11 years, and we have free tickets donated by business men and women for humanity causes.

    Sun 24th May 2009

    International Men’s Health Week

    Filed under: Events — Julie @ 1:31 pm

    In June each year International Mens Health Week is held. Age Concern New Zealand joins with College of Nurses (Aotearoa) NZ to lead celebrations in New Zealand. Mens Health Week is a chance for New Zealand men to make a difference to their health for themselves and their families.

    Why have an International Mens Health Week:

    • Male life expectancy is unnecessarily low.
    • Reported male-specific diseases are increasing (especially prostate and testicular cancers)
    • Men have higher risk of suicide and yet male depression remains under-diagnosed and under-treated
    • Health services have been slow to respond to mens health needs and little has been done to encourage and enable men to access services faster and more efficiently

    For more information on International Mens Health Week you can go to Age Concern New Zealand; Men’s Health Week Australia; Men’s Health Forum UK or the What’s New Page to see what Age Concern Councils have planned to celebrate this event.

    Tue 5th May 2009

    Dads and Sons

    Filed under: Events — Julie @ 9:28 am

    Raising a son is a big responsibility. No one can help a boy become a man more than his Dad.

    The Parenting Place is offering an enjoyable night with speaker Ian Grant who will share lots of ways for you as a father to build camaraderie and respect with your son. Fathers may know many of these but Ian has a wonderful way of presenting them and encouraging you as a parent as well as showing the funny side to parent and child relationships.

    Address: The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane. Auckland
    Contact Info: The Parenting Place – 09 524 1387
    Email: bookings@parentsinc.org.nz

    Single Ticket Price: $10.00 (Admits one person)

    Ian Grant: Founder and seminar speaker for Parents Inc., Ian is a highly sought after speaker. He is well known for his creativity and innovation in programming to young people and it is this freshness that comes through in his approach to parenting. Over the years Ian has developed and fronted both radio and television programmes and has written several books, including Fathers Who Dare Win, Parenting Teenagers-The White Water Rafting Years, Growing Great Boys, and Communicate.

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