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Waitakere Focus on Fathering Week

Filed under: General — Julie @ 9:21 pm 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. All fathering is important! Come and join us in some great Waitakere fathering activities”

“Although we all know that the father roles are important, if you asked your average person why, they would probably be hard pressed to tell you” says Chris Davidson CEO of Henderson based Man Alive. “We recognise that fathers need good support, to feel valued, and be given attention, in more ways than just the times when the things are tough going.”

This week is supported by Ministry Social Developments SKIP project. Waitakere City Council. Te Korowai Manaaki Promoting Great Parenting. Barnados. Sport Waitakere. Man Alive. Waipareira Trust. Health West. Big Buddy. Unitec. Te Tari Puna O Aotearoa and Change Works.

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  1. Great for Waitakere Wot about something for New Zealand

    Comment by Alastair — Thu 23rd August 2007 @ 9:26 pm

  2. And the mayor at the moment says in the Western Leader, “Fathering is one of the most important activities in our community.” (Bob Harvey) Under the heading .. Time to celebrate dad’s role.

    Comment by julie — Fri 24th August 2007 @ 8:44 am

  3. No better place than in Waitakere to start building a replacement from the old to the new. Yet: if as men should reasonably expect it is to be more functioning discrimination (the kind to which men have become so mature as desensitised) the force of subtle patronise, will stretch to hold control.

    Comment by Benjamin Easton — Fri 24th August 2007 @ 1:20 pm

  4. Truth or bullshit?
    Is that what you are saying Ben?
    I hear that the Kommissar for Children Cindy Kiro has ‘withdrawn support’ for the walk down Queen street today because it involved groups which “Lack credibility” such as For the sake of our children’ and’Sensible sentencing trust’.
    So, for whom will this Waitakere initiative lack credibility?
    Parents? or Government Kommissars?

    Comment by John Brett — Sat 25th August 2007 @ 12:15 pm

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