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Protests spread to Waikato

Filed under: Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 5:36 pm Sat 6th May 2006

In the Waikato Times: Fathers target judge’s home

An activist group that has demonstrated outside the Auckland homes of 20 legal professionals and others connected with Family Court decisions to deny fathers access to their children is bringing its protests to the Waikato.

About 15 members of the Fathers Coalition — an activist group set up two months ago — plan protests in Hamilton and Tauranga on Sunday.

This looks like it will be a great issue for the men’s movement to fight over, and for the media to focus on:

But their actions have been criticised by the Waikato Union of Fathers which also campaigns for shared parenting but advocates more co-operative tactics. A union spokesman, Rob Gardiner, said the demonstrators were “harassing and annoying” people.

“Those guys are professionals. We don’t necessarily agree with how they go about doing their jobs but their families are not part of this.

“It’s totally negative and it’s not going about it the right way. We have made too many steps forward in the last 12 to 18 months and we’re going to go backwards. We just can’t afford that.”

I’m personally not going to protest outside anyone’s home, but having heard from many of the fathers involved, I understand why they feel compelled to do so.

Some parents who aren’t allowed to see their children are prepared to do desperate acts, and it can only be expected that their numbers will increase as long as the Family Court avoids undergoing significant reform.

If the feminist inspired father-removal project continues in New Zealand, the Justice Department will just have to establish gated and guarded communities for Family Court Judges, staff, lawyers and psychologists.


  1. No, wrong

    have a thousand there.

    have trucks block off the roads,

    this is what they do in france, and they get results.

    Mass protests get results.

    Comment by Morris Lindsay — Sun 7th May 2006 @ 9:09 pm

  2. I think it is important to hear what Rob Gardiner has to say. I mean, come-on, the protest occured in his territory. He also has to be supported and it is not really a good idea to undo progress he has made.

    The last scenario wanted is to devide the men’s movement. When united you will stand but when devided you will fall.

    Comment by julie — Sun 7th May 2006 @ 11:32 pm

  3. sounds like a scene from the book ‘animal farm’… what i don’t understand is how the lioness (custodial parent / 99% of time being female) get’s the lion’s share…
    i think some of those solo mums are bangin’ the judges and lawyers maybe…

    Comment by cwb — Sun 7th May 2006 @ 11:48 pm

  4. CWB,

    Perhaps the judges and lawyers are just as frightened of Mrs Clark, Margaret Wilson, Ruth Dyson, Sue Bradford, Judith Collins, Chris Carter and the other man-hating femi-NAZIs running our beloved country into the ground.

    Comment by Sparkz — Mon 8th May 2006 @ 8:46 pm

  5. Sparkz
    You mean to tell me women are running the country?

    But i thought they were just there to tell us we live in a mysogenistic patriarchal society where man wields all the power?

    Comment by Al D Rado — Mon 8th May 2006 @ 9:02 pm

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