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Archive of April 2005

The Government’s denial of prostate cancer

Sat 30th April 2005:

Dr Muriel Newman MP (ACT party) This Week Newman Online looks at the issue of prostrate screening for men and asks why the Government hasn’t implemented a screening programme for prostate cancer when it kills almost as many men as breast cancer. A few weeks ago, John Tamihere confirmed in his infamous “Investigate Magazine” interview […]

Father wins in landmark DNA ruling

Tue 26th April 2005:

A Wellington man has won a landmark Court of Appeal case to prove he is the father of a child he has not seen for five years. It took a $50,000 legal battle for the man to have the girl’s DNA tested, after the child’s mother – who denied the man was the father – […]

Maharey Quotes Flawed Snively Study

In his recent speech ‘Social and economic goals of labour market policy ‘, the Hon Steve Maharey says: “Economic costs of social problems In New Zealand, half of all female homicides are the result of domestic violence. Ten children are killed every year in acts of domestic violence. The non-financial cost of family violence is […]

$12 million for services for children witnessing Family Violence

Press Release: Hon Ruth Dyson A $12 million investment in services for children who witness family violence is a key part of the government’s commitment to eliminating violence within families, says Child Youth and Family Minister Ruth Dyson. Speaking at the National Foster Care conference in Wellington, Ruth Dyson said the new service would ensure […]

Law Commission report about laws on parenthood

Fri 22nd April 2005:

Press release by Hon Marian Hobbs: Parenthood report tackles complex issues A Law Commission report tackles complex questions about laws on parenthood, the Minister responsible for the Law Commission, Marian Hobbs, said today after the tabling of the report in Parliament. The report, New Issues in Legal Parenthood, is a comprehensive review of the laws […]

Law Commission recommendations on paternity testing unacceptable to parents and children

Wed 20th April 2005:

Law Commission recommendations on paternity testing unacceptable to parents and children

Rich irony in PM’s family friendly photo op

Sat 9th April 2005:

Press Release: New Zealand National Party Judith Collins MP – National Party Families Spokeswoman Rich irony in PM’s family friendly photo op National MP Judith Collins regrets that she will be unable to attend the launch tomorrow of a Families Commission survey because she’s “too busy being a parent”. “I am pleased that the Families […]

John Tamihere – Investigate interview

Fri 8th April 2005:

Prime Minister Helen Clark says she is concerned about Labour MP John Tamihere’s latest criticism of his cabinet colleagues, and thinks the MP has been under stress. Mr Tamihere’s extraordinary comments have been published in Investigate magazine after a conversation with its editor Ian Wishart. Tamihere told Investigate magazine: “Heather Simpson – Helen’s assistant – […]

First NZ Men’s Issues Summit 2005

You are invited and challenged to attend to the first ever gathering in NZ to address Men’s Issues. This is a one day event which draws together a variety of perspectives on men, from academic to activist, from psychosocial to social service. Its intention is to open up the full breadth of the issues for […]

Family court changes trialled

Wed 6th April 2005:

Some of us are very interested to hear from anybody who is involved with the Family Court mediation pilot project mentioned below, particularly on the North Shore. A pilot project aimed at helping troubled families resolve disputes more quickly is underway in a number of family courts. The trial gives those involved in custody, access […]

Where have all the Kiwi blokes gone?

Researchers have given fresh weight to the complaint of many single women – there aren’t enough men. Kiwi men in their relationship-forming years have disappeared in their thousands, says social scientist Dr Paul Callister. The result is that men are increasingly outnumbered. Since 1991, the census has shown a widening gap between the number of […]

Reporter wants smacking supporters

Tue 5th April 2005:

A current affairs programme is doing a story which uses as its hook the New Plymouth case where a father was found guilty of assaulting his son, after he allegedly smacked him twice on the bottom. This opens up the wider debate as to whether smacking is the appropriate way to discipline children, and whether […]

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