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Who is New Zealand’s best Dad?

Filed under: General — Julie @ 9:19 am Tue 7th August 2007

Kiwi Families, in association with Kiwibank and Stihl Shop, wants to find out and is running a nationwide competition to find an inspirational role model.

The Father of the Year Award will be announced for Father’s Day and the winner will be rewarded with a $5,000 Kiwibank account, $3,000 worth of power tools from the Stihl Shop and a $500 Prezzy Card from NZ Post. There are also a host of other prizes for the 10 finalists.


  1. Men who are eligible for this award include:

    natural fathers
    single, de-facto or married fathers
    adoptive fathers
    step fathers
    foster fathers
    grandfathers raising grandchildren

    So what they are awarding is not for the best Dad its for the best representation of the socially constructed notion of Fatherhood.

    Step fathers are not Dads
    Foster fathers are not Dads
    Grandfathers rasing grandchildren are not Dads

    So its a best socially constructed father of the year award not a best father of the year.



    P.S. Am still working through your email julie.

    Comment by Scrap_The_CSA — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 10:43 am

  2. and why do they need tools?

    Comment by Benjamin Easton — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 11:10 am

  3. Scrap and Benjamin,

    Please give groups a chance. They don’t know what is going on. All that people do to promote fathers has to start somewhere and a promotion is a promotion.

    I am going to nominate Jim Bagnall. At least that way people will hear of what is going on.

    Comment by julie — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 1:23 pm

  4. Good for you Julie.

    Father’s Day has become appalling in the United States, where it is used by the anti-father lobby to announce ’round-up the dead-beats’ initiatives, and prominent newspapers run particularly harsh articles demonizing men as fathers. It has truly become an ‘anti-father’s day’.

    Heading these vandals off at the pass is good thinking.

    Comment by Rob Case — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  5. Just re-read my previous comment and thought I better make it clear that the ‘vandals’ I was referring to are the anti-father activists in the US.

    Comment by Rob Case — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 2:20 pm

  6. What’s the bet that the winner will not be a “separated” weekend dad, one of the many fathers thrown on the families scrap heap by women encouraged to do so by feminist ideology of self-entitlement and by the government’s open DPB chequebook.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 2:39 pm

  7. Julie,
    Its not about giving these guys a chance. Its about what a father is. A father is biological not social.

    The social construct this creates continues to send the message that biological fathers are irrealavent and any subsitute or surrogate will do. (further expanded in comment 6 by hans)

    Its well intentioned but poorly executed idea.



    Comment by Scrap_The_CSA — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  8. Of course Scrap,

    So maybe you should remind them about this. hehe

    Comment by julie — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 3:28 pm

  9. Let’s just call it a nice gesture and move on. We know it isn’t going to change what needs to be changed, so we just keep working

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  10. Guess I won’t make the list …

    Comment by Frank & Earnest — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 6:50 pm

  11. And I don’t expect Helen Clark will nominate me ? lol.

    Comment by dad4justice — Tue 7th August 2007 @ 8:24 pm

  12. Look to the future Pete, in 100 years we will get post humus recognition.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Wed 8th August 2007 @ 8:45 am

  13. In a 100 years time Bevan my mate New Zealand will be an Island of dykes as men would have long been obilitrated by the sinsiter feminazi sisterhood . Maybe Queen Helengrad will keep a few humbug eunuch’s so her hateful fembots mates can throw rocks at them when they have a hissy fit ??

    Comment by dad4justice — Wed 8th August 2007 @ 9:45 am

  14. I think this is a good thing and it is better than you’ll see anywhere else in NZ.
    I will probably wind a few people up here but actually I know that step-fathers are Dads.
    I understand that doesn’t make them biological fathers – which would be preferable – I am just pointing out the realities for many children.

    Anyway perhaps we should nominate someone like Peter. Let’s just see what response we get to that.

    Comment by Dave — Wed 8th August 2007 @ 1:43 pm

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