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Disappearance of Paul’s News

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 1:31 pm Thu 24th May 2007

Earlier this month Darryl Ward posted an article referring to the rebirth of Paul’s News e-mail list, which had recently disappeared.

Paul's News Logo 'save your kids' Paul’s News Logo
For many years, MENZ has referred NZ fathers to this e-mail group if they live in areas where there are no support groups available. I believe it to was by far the best available source of information about the New Zealand Family Court from a male consumer perspective. I think list owner Paul Robertson deserve a vote of thanks from the entire NZ men’s movement for his efforts to support fathers affected by Parental Alienation Syndrome.

Problems with “spies” who joined the list to monitor their ex-husbands sources of information has meant that the new list is restricted to members approved by a moderator, so we can’t advertise the address. Since I removed the link to Paul’s News, I begin receiving e-mails every few days asking me for information about the Family Court, to which I can only reply that I have almost no personal experience whatsoever. Hopefully one day there will be funding available for support organisations to provide this kind of service for men.

Many of us have naturally been wondering why the list suddenly disappeared, and I personally became somewhat concerned when my e-mail to Paul went unanswered. Some recent reports in the Manawatu Standard appear to shed some light on the situation:

May 1 2007
Judge, lawyers slated by father
by Michael Cummings

An anonymous flier labelling a group of Palmerston North lawyers “child abusers” was written by a father disgruntled with the Family Court.

Paul Robertson, a computer support manager at Massey University, confirmed he “made the document” when contacted by the Manawatu Standard yesterday.

The flier was placed in the pigeon holes of lawyers at the Palmerston North District Court last week. A copy was also sent to the Standard.

The flier listed five lawyers and a judge as perpetrators of “parental alienation syndrome” and described them as “child abusers”.

Mr Robertson was one of a small group of fathers and their families who picketed outside the homes of city lawyers in a protest against the Family Court in May, last year. After the protest Mr Robertson defended the group’s actions, saying “they were targeted for the sort of things they do”.

He said he is an ordinary person who has been let down by the system.

“There’s nothing radical or wacky about me. I’d rather not have to be involved in protests but if this sort of stuff can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.”

The flier

Perhaps it was a tad over the top calling them child abusers publicly even if you know it is a widely held belief, but the text is a considered political message rather than a threat or ranting abuse, in my opinion. I’ve obscured the names just to be on the safe side but check it out:

Paul's Flier Paul Robertson’s Flier

The plot sickens…

May 2 2007
Massey employee’s profile off website
by Michael Cummings

Massey University yesterday removed from its website the personal profile of an employee responsible for an anonymous flier that labelled a group of Palmerston North lawyers “child abusers”.

The move came after yesterday’s Manawatu Standard revealed Paul Robertson, a staunch critic of the Family Court, was the author of the document.

Before Mr Robertson’s profile was pulled, it included a description of him as being “very knowledgeable about certain aspects of the law.

University spokesman James Gardiner said Mr Robertson’s profile was removed from the site because it was “considered inappropriate” and not in line with the university’s email and internet policy.

The policy bans any material that could potentially damage Massey’s reputation, he said.

Asked if any action would be taken against Mr Robertson, Mr Gardiner said: “We do not comment on employment matters”.

Judge Boshier criticises the newspaper

Manawatu standard 17.5.07

Fairness questioned

Your article that appeared under the headline, Judge, Lawyers Slated by Father (May 1) gave prominence to the views of a litigant in the Family Court that were one-sided and abusive and, following the publicity given the protests by various men’s groups, contained little additional information of significance to your readers.

The article was particularly unfair to the local Family Court judge, who was easily identifiable, even though not named.

He was not the judge who was singled out for criticism by the litigant who was the subject of your artical, but your readers would have inferred that it was the local Family Court Judge who was being referred to. It lent no credibility to your artical that it originated in an anonymous flier of a likely defamatory character, in that it named those whom it accused of being “abusers”.

By repeating and expanding on its accusations, you gave the appearance of credence to its claims.

If you wished to inform your readers about the role of the Family Court, there was surely a more responsible way of achieving this than adding the newspapers weight to this kind of material.

As the head of the court, I would have expected my views would have been sought if serious criticisms were made of the Family Court and I would have thought that the basic tenets of journalistic balance would have virtually required that your paper made that effort.

Peter Boshier
Principal Family Court Judge

But the editor stands his ground

Editor’s note: The story was not about the role of the Family Court.

It concerned a public and defamatory attack on local judiciary by a father, and revealed to readers the source of that attack. That’s a story of legitimate public interest. It was balanced. Manawatu District Law Society president Gordon Paine was contacted and quoted.

Other lawyers named in the flier were contacted and declined to comment. It’s difficult to provide “journalistic balance” on Family Court disputes when the law prevents journalists reporting most of what occurs in its hearings.

Well said Mr Editor!

I hope you are okay, Paul.

6 Responses to “Disappearance of Paul’s News”

  1. julie says:

    That says it all when women check up on their ex for speaking openly to a men’s group. WTF. That is so pathetic.

    The problem that I find is that the men I come across in my trust are not having a hard time in the FC. Otherwise I would speak up. The guys that I get are happy with the way the FC is for them. It is as if the men’s movement is making changes that our clients benefit from.

    But Judy’s (United Future) stand for a Men’s Affairs is something that we all want. (except for our chairperson, who stupidly believes anger management theories are right) lol

    John, I spoke with a few lecturers at Auckland Universty and they are upset about the anti Psychologists because they feel that there is no “one fits all” answer. They say that there are too many outliers (statsitics) although they use a differnet word. They unite on a global scale and they are upset that the men’s movement is anti them. They don’t want to deal with groups that are anti them. Their ears are shut to such.

  2. wendy says:

    I hope your ok Paul.

  3. I spoke with Paul in his office at the Massey Uni the morning after the shut down – He could not speak openly as there were people in his office – He said he was and seemed OK

    Paul is well aware of the price that one pays to stand at the front line

    Mainly thru lack of support from those who have the most to gain from his work

    I too honour Paul as one of our real hero’s working to Re-Build the **Whole-NATURAL-Biological-FAMILY** and was priveleged to exchange ideas and work on some issues beside him

    I beleive brucy-T has been in close contact and is one of the few who stand close by to Paul-R

    It is well known that we have our differences in that I have always challenged the actual usefullness of committee advocacy and still do

    Banning those who try it on HandsOnEqualParent-NEWS other than offering the **McKenzie Coalition** to all and sundry who require help

    ALL are welcome to list their own successes at the link below for the PUBLIC to chose a **McKenzie Friend** to help them, be it FC, CS,WINZ,CYFS and other Bureaucratic edifices.

    The only requirement is to lead from success and experience – NOT pontification and Academia which got us were we are today in the first place

    Paul struggled with my challenge as he is a very fine academic and took it personally – However we are friends and I truely hope some good will come of his trial if not only to challenge those who have USED his good will to repay thier debt

    **McKenzie Coalition**
    Go http://www.handsonequalparent.org.nz/41379/52597.html

    Onward in Coalition with others toward Re-Building the **Whole-NATURAL-Biological-FAMILY** – Jim

  4. Darryl Ward says:

    Actually, members also had to be apoproved on the old Paul’s News, but that did not stop infiltration.

    Some of this infiltration was stopped, e.g. we once ‘outed’ a CYFS manager, but some obviously got through.

    While we can not stop this, we do not want to encourage it either, which is why I suggested (as a moderator only – and NOT the owner – of the new list) that prospective members contact one of us directly, instead of promoting the site on MENZ.

  5. Paul Robertson says:

    Thanks for supporting me those who do, or have. I am OK now, although unable to talk about what happened and why the demise of the old list. But we survive and move on, and despite the bad publicity, we did again get something in the news – which is so very necessary but also so very difficult to achieve without doing something that some (i.e the Manawatu Standard) consider to be “irrational”.

    My wife and I have cancelled our Manawatu Standard newspaper subscription after 17 years now, and I will no longer supply them with news items – I have supplied them very good front-page news items on various topics over the years. And I was contacted by a number of local (Palmerston North) people (both men and women) by various means (i.e. letters and phone calls) who I have never known before – they called to show their support of me and their concern about the Family Court (no surprises there). It is sad that Peter Boshier continues as he does rather than accepting the specific failings of the Family Court, but that is as it is. Boshier has this idea in his head that Statistics prove everything! Well Mr Boshier, I happen to know a number of Statisticians, and you are wrong.

    I would also like to point out that I am not a member of any “Men’s Group” or any other such group for that matter, and I am not a spokesman for any such group either.

  6. dad4justice says:

    Judge Peter Boshier is a corrupt Judge who couldn’t give a stuff about the injustice of his Kangaroo Court .

    He is a huge disgrace to sad New Zealand children and fathers’ .

    As a six year heartbroken client of the dishonest De Family Court gravy train I can say DAM YOU BOSHIER and his lies, as his court has destroyed my family !!!

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