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Archive of August 2007

Judy Turner caring for the community groups

Fri 31st August 2007:

This is a quoted newsletter below and if you are in the Wellington area, I hope you get to make it. For 20 years that I know of people in the community have been speaking up to deaf ears and being blackmailed by Government and Policies and the Media and the Businesses that pay out […]

No picnic for Fathers in NZ.

In a Fathers Day Statement Republican Leader Kerry Bevin puts family devastation clearly at the feet of the feminist agenda, and its moderate face, NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark. By allowing this Government to continue unchallenged in the implementation of its pink policy we leave unaddressed the underlying causes of family devastation. “Family discipline is […]

Ruth Dyson on Fathers

Thu 30th August 2007:

I am pleased the Families Commission report into paid parental leave has sparked a nationwide debate. Research has shown New Zealand parents have benefited from our Labour-led government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme and are eager to contribute ideas to improve and extend the scheme. “Our government will look at four different areas where the scheme […]

Law society finds violence report ‘simplistic’

Wed 29th August 2007:

A report about inadequate enforcement of protection orders has been described as simplistic by the New Zealand Law Society. The report has also come under fire from the judiciary. Interesting to note that from this sample : “Indeed, this research found that 87.5 per cent of the women in its case studies who applied for […]

An Opportunity To Do Some Good

Tue 28th August 2007:

I am men’s activist engaged in a Victoria University review of family law. Currently I am critiquing sections 7, 9A, 13 & 18B of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. Section 7 relates to assets outside New Zealand. Section 9A defines when separate property becomes property of the relationship. Section 13 allows unequal sharing if extraordinary […]

What’s up with those ISMS?

When we think about different movements like feminism and conservatism and socialism and liberalism and all other isms we often see political and economical agendas. But where do all these isms start? How do they come about? And what are WE in all these isms? Lets look at their meanings. Conservatism Favouring free enterprise and […]

Why Wait Till Next Year?

Telecom have announced that they will be making a web-site available next week where you can vote for your preferred charity. They will donate $250,000 to each of the top four. (Announcement here). If we all settle on one charity only, this is a good opportunity to profile the depth of feeling on men’s issues. […]

Protection Orders – The Quantitative Figures

The data used to create these charts is sourced from the Family Court Website. I have published them in order to assist in critiquing the social marketing disguised as qualitative research of Waikato University Academics. This shows a continuing decline over-time of applications filed and final orders made since the 1998-1999 year.

Jimmy Bagnall

Mon 27th August 2007:

Jimmy Bagnall launches the Republicans Auckland Central Campaign. It is the “fix that which is broken principle” says Mr Bagnall. Get rid of the family court and fix the family. – We need real evidence in court cases. – Mediation not agrevation. – Real support for struggling families, not lawyers.

Protection orders ‘leaving women open to abuse’

University Of Waikato Calls For Sweeping Changes To Protect Women From Domestic Violence Press Release by Waikato University at 2:50 pm, 27 Aug 2007 University of Waikato researchers into domestic violence have called for sweeping changes in the treatment of battered women by the courts and government agencies coupled with amendments to the laws designed […]

A little treasure of a comment

I found this comment on Markymark’s thoughts and thought maybe others would appreciate it as I have. But then as an individualist, I don’t mind nor care if it is not your cup of tea or not, so to speak. lol …. Maidenvirgin writes under the post, Why do Women Insist on Changing Men?! This […]

Dad still on the run ?

From stuff While no formal custody orders were in place, the child’s mother was the primary caregiver, and the girl was taken without the woman’s permission, said Detective Sergeant Dave Clifford, of Palmerston North police.

Warwick Pudney speaking up

Sat 25th August 2007:

Oh, this is a good day. Fathering Our City, a report for Waitakere City by Auckland University of Technology psychotherapist Warwick Pudney, says many services for children and families unconsciously exclude men through their “feminised” culture. The report calls for both changing mainstream services to suit fathers as well as mothers, and developing specific services […]

Men’s Refuge in Tauranga

There’s a story in today’s NZ Herald covering the opening of the new men’s refuge in Tauranga. It seems remarkably neutral in its tone until we get to the closer: “An organisation like this wouldn’t work if it didn’t have some women in it because men don’t network and don’t have the passion,” she said. […]

Is there anything good about men?

Fri 24th August 2007:

? A very convincing? rebuttal to ideological feminism: [T]his is not about the “battle of the sexes,” and in fact I think one unfortunate legacy of feminism has been the idea that men and women are basically enemies. I shall suggest, instead, that most often men and women have been partners, supporting each other […]

Flyers to be distributed around Universities

In July a post was written on menz ‘utilising-our-resources‘ where an opportunity arose to fulfil an idea of taking men’s issues outside of the Internet and outside of Waitakere. (for me) But this is a different area to pursue because now it is going to the younger male generation and providing them with not just […]

Drug Criminal Practising Law

The return of Eb Leary to the ranks of our legal profession shows a disturbing lack of reality amongst some in the legal profession and judiciary that have supported his return to practising law. This is a man who involved himself, not in the representation of criminals, in a fair trial, but in the operation […]

Waitakere Focus on Fathering Week

Thu 23rd August 2007:

Elaine Dyer, Promoting Great Parenting says, “Sadly, in recent times it is not unusual to open the papers and read yet more disturbing stories that break the heart of any concerned parent. Fathers and step fathers get pretty tough press when things go wrong. So we looked at how we could improve support for fathering. […]

Waitakere Focus on Fathering Week

. What’s coming up for Fathering Week? Photo exhibit of local dads plus community support for fathering at Waitakere Central railway air bridge, Railside Avenue, Henderson. Make sure your dad’s photo is displayed on the air bridge! Supporting New Dads Forum Tuesday 28th August 7pm – 9pm Supporting new fathers panel and group discussion with […]

The NZ Forum on the family – Family First NZ

The NZ forum on the family will bring together a national network of pro-family and pro-life organisations, scholars, lobby groups and leaders that seek to promote and protect the well beings of families, the roles of parents and the welfare of our children. Details and registration

John Tamihere is standing for Mayor of Waitakere

John Tamihere will run for the mayoralty in the October 2007 elections. John Tamihere is presently the Waipareira Trust chief executive and has been speaking up for men’s rights and will be speaking at Family First’s NZ forum on the family meeting in October 2007 on the topic of ‘Engaging the political process’ He was […]

Anti-male initiatives

As well as the gender-specific interrogation of female hospital patients, other government anti-domestic violence initiatives are arising. Check out the information provided by the WINZ programme. Note how the pictures show only a man abusing a woman and later feeling remorseful. Note also the emphasis on sharing information with other departments. So if some unqualified […]

Family Matters?

Wed 22nd August 2007:

Terry Carson: Court struggles to stand tall in a community where family matters 5:00AM Wednesday August 22, 2007 The Family Court Matters Bill before Parliament is apparently designed to improve the standing of the Family Court in the eyes of the community…………………… While much of our family law legislation continues to lack any connection with […]

The Fashioning of Men’s Minds

Mon 20th August 2007:

A no-holds-barred critique of the methods used by women, mothers in particular, to shape a man’s thoughts and behaviour. Recognise any of it? (Originally posted here) This is The Rude Guy. The Medicine Man of Men’s issues. The audio antidote, to the mass Shaming of Men. On earlier shows I talked about how our country […]

Invitation to Kidz Need Dadz Opening

Kidz Need Dadz Inc. and Union of Fathers invite all present, past or prospective members of UOF to the official opening of Kidz Need Dadz’ new premises at 538 Fraser St, Tauranga on Sunday 2nd September at 2pm followed by a BBQ. More information from Sheila Ewart: Kidz need Dadz is the charity arm of […]

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