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Warwick Pudney speaking up

Filed under: General — Julie @ 11:39 am 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 for fathers.

Mr Pudney, who founded the Henderson counselling centre Man Alive in 1996, says that agency focused mainly on abuse and family crisis and did not provide any specific support to fathers.



  1. People with these views need encouragement. This will not only support but underline how widely their views are read and supported.

    Comment by Alastair — Sat 25th August 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  2. ‘…unconsciously…’ Bollocks!

    Bullies, liars, thieves and social terrorists.

    Comment by The Punisher — Sun 26th August 2007 @ 1:06 pm

  3. It’s great to see a change starting to occur in which language is most important to the print and to thinking and to market. Yet surely; if an already well exploited “women are natural victims” thinking isn’t effectively checked in such a transition, (or “the returning swing of the pendulum”), then the equivelant masculine violence previously as uneducated (until emasculated), allowed unbridled to rape, brutalise and beat, too, can escape the scrutiny of truth and advance freehold up the slope of public apathy.

    BTW, my name turns up on screen quite often when I am not on line, where I have sent messages from people’s machines who don’t usually post but read. And I haven’t been on the site for a while traveling North to help build a case over a few days. Odds look excellent.

    When I get back to Wellington I want to post my reply from Peter Dunne relative to Paul’s observation on the double tax take from gross income. Guess what…

    Additionally my petition on association laws between son and daughter with mother and father needing repeal has been written and forwarded on to the CYFS review: deserving a full review of policy in reply.

    Comment by Benjamin Easton — Mon 27th August 2007 @ 10:26 pm

  4. Benjamin,
    It doesn’t matter to anyone if your name is shown or not. lol

    I have been wondering why you haven’t been on this site for a few days. BTW, this is only a start.

    Comment by julie — Mon 27th August 2007 @ 10:48 pm

  5. Does for me: especially when posts get mysteriously removed from the site when John Potter doesn’t do it: and when there’s two of me on at the same time…

    Good stuff Julie – double it up while the punters aren’t occupied and the Ozzie horses are sick.

    Comment by Benjamin Easton — Mon 27th August 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  6. You can now download ‘Fathering our City’ here. [691 KB pdf]

    It’s great to see work like this being funded, and anti-father, man-hating attitudes being challenged.

    Quote from Warwick’s introduction:

    While there is considerable interest in fathers at the moment there is much work to do to overcome the damage done to the name of fathering within the gender politics of NZ over the last 40 years. When an empty seat on a plane is seen as better than a man, we know that we are dealing with a cultural story that needs considerable examination, not just for its negativity, but for the damage being done to our children by not involving fathers.

    and from the summary:

    Training is necessary for community services to better cater for fathers and raise the consciousness level of discrimination against fathers in services that are presumed to be generic parenting and family services. Many training programmes and occupational philosophies are likely to be feminised to meet women’s needs in process, perspective and problems. Fathers are not the problem. The services are often unconsciously father-unfriendly. Agencies need to ask, “Why is my service not meeting their needs?”

    Perhaps it’s time to develop a Fatherhood Quality Mark for service providers like they have in the UK.

    Comment by JohnP — Wed 12th September 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  7. My compliments to Warwick, for the breadth and depth of his study and conclusions. He is trying to get NZ society to make decisions based on the facts, rather than rhetoric and Politically Correct dogma. Father absence is undermining and damaging our children, but many people don’t want to see the reality that results from dogmatic selfish decisions, made by our sacred cows. MurrayBacon.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Wed 12th September 2007 @ 7:51 pm

  8. The ‘fathering our city’ report is wonderful. Thanx for providing it John.

    Comment by julie — Wed 12th September 2007 @ 9:32 pm

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