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Sat 14th October 2017

Men’s Summit 2018 Friday 6th April

Filed under: Events,Gender Politics,General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 7:55 pm

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs is pleased to announce the next New Zealand Men’s Summit will be held in Auckland on 6th April 2018.

The 2018 Summit will build on the success of recent Summits in Christchurch and Wellington. (more…)

Mon 19th February 2018

Bettina Arndt – Speaks about how men have been left vulnerable in today’s society. And why men are committing suicide at a rate of almost 5 to 1.

Filed under: General — Lukenz @ 8:23 pm

Sat 17th February 2018

Ideas from the Fathering Forum 2006

Ideas from the Fathering Forum 2006
[Authors name not included, due to possible privacy issues.]
This document was salient in 2006.
In the years that have gone by, I believe that it is just as salient today. I guess some progress has been made in some areas, but nothing like what should have been. In particular, Family Caught has developed surprisingly little in that time, if it has moved forward at all?

This list of issues still provide a good overview, to address and prioritise these problems 11 years later.

What are the problems fathers face?
• Lack of own fathering
• Lack of skills
• Expectations- Known and Unknown
• Work. Long work hours and not enough time off
• Some mothers are controlling and possessive
• Negative father stories in the community
• Isolation from each other
• Lack of recognition of male essence and culture
• Lack of self esteem, self worth, self affirmation

Thu 15th February 2018

Education Issues in 2018

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Events — Downunder @ 2:48 pm

Current issues you are encountering with education of our sons.

Gendered Politicians

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 10:53 am

In a simple analysis; if a politician acts in a gendered way and seeks votes based on gender then you would expect them to represent their constituency in the same way?

As the Green’s female leader position is currently being contested it may be interesting to observe this contest as a starting point, although a cynical observation might be that two leaders simply attracts additional income for the party and as long as the male leader doesn’t conflict with the female’s point of view it is nothing more than a Feminist party targeting both funding and votes the best way visible to them.

No doubt (more…)

Sat 10th February 2018

Air New Zealand gender equity experiment

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:05 am

Sources indicate that men need not apply for the time being.

In a step to upwardly adjust the ratio of female to male pilots a policy of hiring female only applicants is in place.

Further information in relation to this especially any knowledge of a government directive would be welcome.

My genuine concern here would be that our best pilots may look elsewhere rather than tolerate second best if our best male pilots are driven overseas for work.

Wouldn’t you jump ship now while those oportunuties are still available, before the young bucks get ahead of you.

Know anyone in the industry?

Fri 9th February 2018


Filed under: General — Downunder @ 12:38 pm

A Tauranga couple will launch their community men’s man cave this Saturday.

The couple Mike and Charice also have a fire engine for sale if another men’s group is interested.

Part Time Prime Minister

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 9:14 am

News about our part time, celebrity, primeminister, expectant mother, and the political confussion is gathering some international attention.

Of particular interest is the passage of articles on the right hand side.

Not a Woman’s Weekly reader myself, but if you happen to pass by one you might justify a look only to assist with comments on this post, of course.

Thu 8th February 2018

Next of Kin Debate

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 1:04 pm

A next of kin debate is surfacing after the body of a man remains unclaimed for 7 months.

Mon 5th February 2018

Black book for men to stop them from being employed.

Filed under: General — Lukenz @ 4:02 pm

Recommended by Government to start tracking sexual misconduct in the workplace

And there you have it!! Woman’s Minister Julie Anne Genter will set up a Government registrar for men who have allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace against them.

No need for anything else. No investigation, trial, no jury, no lawyer, no judge, just an allegation and a man will become unemployable for the rest of his life.

Completely open to abuse with absolutely no comeback. Even if (more…)

Wed 31st January 2018

The War on Men

Filed under: Gender Politics — JohnPotter @ 6:08 am

Paul Joseph Watson explains why masculinity is under assault.

Tue 30th January 2018

Psychologists Board

Filed under: General — Eric @ 5:43 pm

I recently went through the process of making an official complaint to the Psychologists Board regarding the conduct of one of their psychologists. Of course they decided not to reprimand the psychologist but it was pleasing to see how much time the psychologist had to waste addressing the complaint. So on that basis I would highly recommend that people do it. I’ve also heard that psychologists very much dislike being complained about. So another good reason to do it.

On another point. Does anybody know the percentage of cases where the FC awards 50:50 shared care against the wishes of the mother?

Sat 27th January 2018

Protests in Auckland and nationwide

G’day Chaps,

Couple of protests running next month ( Organized by Families 4 Justice ) in Auckland CBD. Against the Family Justice System which include; NZ Family court – CYFS – NZ police and other associates. Expected 100++ people ! Anyone is welcome …

Families 4 Justice WWW.F4J.ORG.NZ
List of Event Screenshots

Auckland CBD – 3rd Feb 2018 12.30pm – Aotea Square

Event Details

Auckland CBD – 9th Feb 2018 11.00am – Aotea Square in coalition with the NZ Father Rights Movement in CHCH.

Event Details
Whangarei District court and CYFS – 26th Feb 2018 11.30am

Event Details

The Production of Isolation

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 10:28 am

A man’s worth is in his independence and his management of it.

“How did you find out about us?”

An obvious question to a man who had just walked in the door for his initial meeting with a Union of Fathers (UOF) representative.

“My solicitor told me, “I’d be better off talking to you guys than him”,”.

That might have been unusual or unexpected the first time it happened but it wasn’t a one off, of course. For anyone that experienced the legal shambles in The Court of Shame during the last term of a Labour led coalition, this is very understandable and well documented in previous posts. (more…)

Thu 25th January 2018

Rene Naufahu and the Gender War

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:06 am

The Rene Naufahu case is a good example of our Courts and our society treating adult women as if they are children. Surely, if a man attempts to seduce an adult woman she has responsibility for whether she immediately tells him “no I don’t consent to that” (in whatever wording) or instead participates in the sexual activity? Surely, if she had previously participated sexually with a man in a free context and she then keeps going back to that man into that context without expressing any disapproval or dislike of what happened, she is responsible for her choice and indeed for implying consent for what happened last time and what can reasonably be predicted to happen again this time? (more…)

Wed 24th January 2018

Blenheim Protest Saturday 9th February

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 7:01 pm

Information regarding this protest is obtained in the following article.

Father walks away from Family Court Case and will join The Protest

Mental Health Inquiry NZ 2018

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 6:48 pm

Not having seen the terms of reference it is hard to estimate how this might capture issues for men.

I will update the text as information becomes available.

RNZ How The Inquiry Will Work

who will lead the inquiry

Fri 19th January 2018

Please support my UN submission

Filed under: General — Iain Fergusson @ 3:23 pm

Cover letter

I am writing to ask you to support my submission to the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights. My concern is that men’s human rights issues are not being fully or accurately reported to the UN despite New Zealand’s obligation to do so. Examples of this are included my following submission.

The Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights accepts reports from non-governmental organisations and individuals for consideration before they make their recommendations. Your support is important because submissions that have wide community support have more sway and are treated more respectfully. (more…)

Pregnant Primeminister

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 12:50 pm

Well, there’s bound to be a few opinions on this one.

You can’t miss the news.

Feel free to comment.

[jacindaardern And we thought 2017 was a big year!
Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team
will expand from two to three, and that we’ll be
joining the many parents out there who wear two
hats. I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum and Clarke
will be the “first man of fishing” and a stay at home dad. I
think it’s fair to say that this will be a wee one that a
village will raise, but we couldn’t be more excited. I
know there will be lots of questions, and we’ll answer
all of them ( I can assure you we have a plan all ready
to go!) But for now, bring on 2018.]

But wait there’s more:

[WomenAotearoaNZ #NZ Kia ora -A call to action- Please if you can
screen shot & send on any data from your social media about
disparaging remarks re our PM living her
life as a #Woman leader who also
happens to be pregnant – We’ve a team
waiting to receive those – DM or]

There’s always the cartoons. Well that’s what we used to call them but now perhaps it should be #DPP (DigiPicPolitics)

No doubt you will be able to link to more of other people’s thoughts in the comments.

Thu 11th January 2018

Glitter Boobs and Feminist Hypocrisy Regarding Violence

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts,White Ribbon Campaign — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:38 am

The ‘Glitter Boobs’ story from the Gisborne ‘Rhythm and Vines’ music festival has been an international hit and our NZ Herald has published numerous articles on it, giving uncritical voice to Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, Kiri-Ann Hatfield and Katie Ashworth and misrepresenting the events significantly. A bystander’s video recording showed Anello-Kitzmiller walking through the crowd with her bare breasts having been decorated around the nipples with glittery body paint when a man runs up behind her and apparently touches her. The exact nature of the touching is unclear but it was very quick and did not look as though he “grabbed at her” or “grabbed her breast” as claimed by the Herald. It wasn’t even clear whether there had been any contact with the breast, and looked more like a quick, light touch done playfully.

Of course, touching someone without their consent can amount to assault and the women are entitled to object to this. However, in none of the coverage we read was there any criticism of the women’s reaction. Anello-Kitzmiller and Hatfield ran after the man, struck him four times around the head and poured something over his head. The Herald claimed that Anello-Kitzmiller ‘slapped’ the man but that misrepresented the violent nature of her assault. It was retributive violence but the women and their supporters including the Herald appear to believe such violence was perfectly ok. What a blatant example of femaleist self-entitlement and hypocrisy! (more…)

Sun 7th January 2018

Cooperation Among Men?

Filed under: Gender Politics,Law & Courts — MurrayBacon @ 10:09 am

Occasionally I wonder if there might be some lack of unity among men in NZ, with respect to protecting their collective interests?
By querying that, I am not implying that men should “fight” against women as a total group. (We would lose if we tried, due to the large amount of fraternising with the enemy.)
I see it as working together might yield a much larger pie, not a zero sum game.
Anyway, the majority of NZers do work together, happily and successfully.
It is the fairly large minority, who have serious mental health problems, who are unable to cooperate and enjoy the best that nature can offer all of us. (Like myself, of course.) These same mental health problems impact onto children of separated parents. Despite the words of the Care of Children Act 2004, the management by familycaught$ often enhances these problems’ negative impacts onto children, to maximise legal worker’s paramount financial interests.
Of course The Family Mangle works so that it only takes one party to sustain a legal action through the caught$, or put more basically, only one party needs to have stability or at times mental health issues, to drag the other into that game. (Not even a zero sum game, but more like dead loss game.)
If men were to take longer than women took to get the women’s movement together, then men would have to be a bit stupid?
Especially as we have available on a plate, the methods that the women’s movement used, to bring women together and create mutual understanding.
Consciousness Raising from Wikipedia
Reading that article, reinforces that our unity and mutual understanding have gone backwards, in the last 10 years.
In my opinion, we need to understand the problems that give us heartbreak and identify constructive options for solving them. These solutions must be sensibly attractive to women too, or they will remain unimplemented ideas.
Some of the suggestions that have been made about child custody dispute management by the men’s movement, are now being tidily documented in textbooks, by respected UK and USA academics. With driving these ideas through familycaught$, maybe fathers could actually act to protect our children? Constructive change might be in the wind? doG, I hope so!
So, I suggest less infighting and more mutual discussion and support of initiatives.

Tue 2nd January 2018

Miscariage of justice? My story.

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,Law & Courts — TKnudsen @ 3:21 pm

Hi there. My name is Thomas Francis Knudsen. I took a plea deal after 13 months of maintaining a not guilty plea.

The straw that broke the camels back was that I ended up in Wellington prison among some unsavory characters where I was threatened with getting beaten up almost immediately upon arrival from a transfer from prison in Christchurch (it was OK in Christchurch). The cruelest irony of this was that I was imprisoned for calling the police after my accuser said she was sorry and was going to kill herself.

My appearance in court for which I was remanded, the crown prosecutor painted a picture of me that was nonsense and also claimed someone called the police, rather than me. I don’t get why they do things like this. I barely got time to talk with my lawyer beforehand and he didn’t know to rebut what was said, I didn’t get an opportunity to put forward my side to the judge. I was remanded abruptly.

The media upon sentencing reported the claims of the police as fact even though the judge had acknowledged problems with the claims, not one mention of that made it in the report. I have tried to get them to amend the report and requested they look at the transcript for themselves. They refused, even saying it’s not their job to verify the police claims…

To put it blunt. I was assaulted on the night of my arrest, told to kill myself and prevented from leaving. My accuser embellished the truth with numerous lies, for which I sadly believe her motive was to create a scenario in which her previous ex would be there for her. There’s multiple things that suggest that was the case.

The police made matters much worse by asserting things to be true which they could have easily proven false, making me think they were incompetent or complicit in doing everything they could to increase likelihood of conviction, in order for them to make the claims they did, something majorly wrong has occurred. They put out a number of documents, one comically titled “summary of facts” which was almost entirely nonfactual. Some of which is easily provable so and I know if it was further investigated, there would be a lot of questions to be asked of my accuser and the police. It appears police jumped to the conclusion of guilt and tried to make things fit even though they didn’t. Rather than admit things don’t add up and question my accuser, they doubled down.

If you Google my name to see the reports made about me, you’ll understand my frustration at what has occurred. Knowing it’s not true has not helped me, it’s arguably made it much worse. I don’t know what to do, I’m broken and disheartened that this could happen. It has opened my eyes up to a justice system that has been failing so many.

Had my lawyer informed me what might happen in regards to the media reporting inaccurate police claims as fact. I’d have never taken a plea deal, even if it meant getting beaten by the two gangs I was put in prison with in Wellington.

Also my lawyer said that a stopping violence intiative started the day before my arrest, whether that affected the police to get this wrong, I don’t know.

I’d appreciate anything constructive. Questions, criticisms, advice, the works.

Thank you for your time

Thu 28th December 2017

Christmas Eves-Dropping

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:36 am

I like to pay attention and be observant of the public picture, always looking for a story, and I have one I think is worth sharing.

Supermarkets along with other industries help paint a social picture and this was the backdrop on this occasion … (more…)

Sat 16th December 2017

Christmas Day Event – (get your tickets ASAP)

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 10:46 pm
    WHAT: Christmas Day Event (open to ALL)
    WHERE: Viaduct Events Centre -161 Halsey Street, Westhaven. Auckland
    WHEN: Monday 25th December 2017 – 11.30am – 2.30pm

To obtain tickets, phone the City Mission ASAP on (09) 303 9200 from 7am on weekdays. If you are too late, don’t worry – we can cover you.

Parking is FREE in the city on Xmas Day

The Auckland City Mission organizes this event that began as a lunch 4 the homeless using Auckland’s town hall and turned into an Auckland event for ALL as it grew in attendance and support.

Its a memorable experience from the moment you walk in the doors and is a must to attend at least once.

Roughly 2,500 people are served lunch by 100’s of volunteers while entertainers sing and dance on stage or walk around like Mr and Mrs Santa. At the end, everyone gets a worthwhile gift.


Let me know if you are interested so we can sit together, which makes it even more enjoyable.

As soon as you arrive at the venue, text or phone 027 250 9751 so you’ll join us in the line and take up one of the tables we fill.

Afterwards, we go to Mission Bay, if you like, so the kids can swim while you’ll mingle with others just like you.

PS – If you are alone 4 Xmas Day, still come.

Julie- or 027 250 9751

Tue 12th December 2017

Scott v Williams

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 9:57 am

Supreme court divorce case.

Contributors with analysis or opinion please comment, and if possible provide relevant links.

Wed 6th December 2017

Dads On The Air

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 1:57 pm

Many years back I was in contact with a variety of groups focused on men’s issues across the ditch, or our kwaussie cussies, however you like to discribe them.

It was interesting to get an email on the progress with … Dads On The Air …

The link will take you to their website.

There may be other Australian groups you are familiar with that you’re in contact with.

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