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Archive of October 2004

Family Court Scheme Could Be Success

Sun 31st October 2004:

The Union of Fathers believes a new Family Court pilot scheme will be a huge success, if it is well resourced. A non judge-led mediation service is being trialled to resolve custody and access issues on Auckland’s North Shore. Union of Fathers spokesman Jim Bagnall says it is critical highly skilled mediators are used, so […]

Pilot scheme should be more successful

Sat 30th October 2004:

There are hopes a pilot scheme for resolving child custody issues will be more successful than the current system. Early next year families on Auckland’s North Shore will be given the option of accepting mediation not led by a judge. Courts Minister Rick Barker says currently families referred to mediation can wait weeks or even […]

Anger over wife-beater home-detention ruling

Concerns for the safety of a woman and her children were raised last night after a Christchurch judge allowed a convicted wife-beater to apply for home detention. Brian Gardner, the national manager of the National Network of Stopping Violence Services, said the man should never have been allowed to apply for home detention. “If he […]

Woman cries rape for revenge on abuse

Fri 29th October 2004:

A Rotorua woman lied to police about being raped and kidnapped by her partner to get revenge on him for seriously assaulting her, the Rotorua District Court was told. The 55-year-old, who has interim name suppression, pleaded guilty to a charge of fabricating evidence and will be sentenced in December. The woman alleged her partner […]

Wipe my tax debts or I’ll shoot

A Westport man who threatened to shoot people unless his tax debt was wiped was jailed for two years when he appeared in the Westport District Court. Wayne William Anderson, 45, was sentenced to two years in jail for drink-driving, possessing a rifle and ammunition and holding a firearm without a licence. On July 22, […]

Toddler safe after police drama

Thu 28th October 2004:

A 20-year-old man who allegedly snatched his two-year-old son from his former partner in the Far North yesterday will appear in the Kaikohe District Court today. Up to 50 police, including the armed offenders squad, were involved in the operation from about 7.30am. The boy and his mother were the subject of a protection order. […]

Are Dads Getting A Fair Go?

First it was Wayne Pruden who kidnapped his son, now another father has taken the law into his own hands abducting his son, so is the Family Court giving fathers a fair go, or are some Dads out of control? Streaming video of Holmes interviewing Jim Bagnal from Union of Fathers

Infanticide defence review

Mothers who kill their children may not be able to argue post-natal depression to avoid a murder conviction after a Government-ordered review of infanticide laws. Justice Minister Phil Goff has asked the Law Commission to consider whether infanticide should be repealed, because sentencing laws now allow judges to consider mitigating factors for murder and vary […]

Worried father can’t find his 15-month-old son

Wiping away tears, Hamilton man Wayne Pruden talks about how he went to pick up his 15-month old son yesterday and came home without him. He should have had his 15-month-old son returned to him after a four-week holiday in Vietnam. But Mr Pruden, 42, has no idea where his son is, though it is […]

Traditional Kiwi Male Threatened

Sun 24th October 2004:

Well away from pig hunting and jugs of beer, in the halls of Waikato University, psychology lecturer Dr Darrin Hodgetts says for the last couple of decades men have been told that there’s something wrong with expressing the sort of manly traits idealised by brewery and ute adverts… A couple of decades of feminism has […]

Nelson police not sorry for arresting father after birth

Fri 22nd October 2004:

Nelson police are unapologetic for arresting a man shortly after his partner gave birth to a baby girl they say is drug-dependent due to the mother’s drug addiction. The five-day-old baby has been placed into the interim care of Child, Youth and Family after police concerns about the mother’s drug habit and the arrest of […]

Protest at Counsel for Child Workshop

Wed 20th October 2004:

The New Zealand Law Society’s October 2004 Advanced Counsel for Child Workshop at Waipuna Lodge in Auckland was the target of a Union of Fathers protest last Monday. Men have long complained that counsels for child often act as a second lawyer for the mother, and typically fail to protect the father/child relationship. Union of […]

Men’s Centre 10th Birthday Party

Mon 11th October 2004:

A small but dedicated bunch of men women and children (plus a “parrot” – centre of photo behind cake) turned up to celebrate the 10th Aniversary of Men’s Centre North Shore. Several super-heroes were in attendance. Jack Lioneagle’s protest songs were played loudly, Speights was sunk and cake was eaten. The evening’s most enthusiastically received […]

Young Males: Strengths-based and male-focused approaches

Tue 5th October 2004:

The Ministry of Youth Development (formerly Youth Affairs) have recently produced a literature review on Young Males. Launched by the Hon John Tamihere, Minister of Youth Affairs, the publication Young Males: Strengths-based and male-focused approaches is anticipated to be of great interest to all people who work with the young men of New Zealand. It can be found at

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