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Father and Child Trust, Auckland Meeting Monday 7-9pm

Filed under: Events — Brendon Smith @ 11:12 pm Fri 4th July 2008

Our Auckland Father and Child Trust Meeting is on Monday night, 7-9pm, at the Onehunga Community Center, 83 Church Street, near the library.

We had our strategy confirmed at the Father and Child Trust AGM in Chch, to positively encourage fathers, as early in their fatherhood as possible.

We now have back issues of all magazines, plus we have copies of our New Babies Edition Magazine – especially for first time fathers.

We hope to see new members, please pass this on to anyone keen!

Best regards,
Brendon Smith
Auckland Coordinator
Father and Child Trust


  1. Get over it guys, you have no chance in seeing your kids again, you can spend thousands trying to defend your case, but you will get fucked, the system is about money, its about women. Its about a womens word against your’s but you are a man so your word is worth nothing. You have a penis, so you are fucked, just leave it alone, just walk away. Look after yourself, because no one else is going to, lick your wounds and keep your peace. I know it is wrong, I know that we are getting ripped off, but we have a dictatorship government. And it not about to change. Fathers have no rights in this country, and the will not have any rights for many years, just take care of your self as no one else will.

    Comment by paul — Sat 5th July 2008 @ 2:33 am

  2. Paul,

    Your words are a sad and real reflection of what-it-is-to-be-a-DAD and a Men-Tor in the western world today.

    Keep that passion alive we need you and it to move fwd

    As says my bible ‘Be angry but do not sin’


    Ration Shed – Jim

    Comment by Jim Bailey — Sat 5th July 2008 @ 6:12 am

  3. Dear Paul,

    I know that various aspects of familycaught/police operations tend to destroy hope, but as adults – we have to try to make our own hope. Making our own hope, is our personal proof that we are responsible caring adults.

    They say it’s darkest, just before the dawn.

    I believe that if you look around carefully and patiently, you will see many people who have come through hard situations and made a new good life. Seek out help from some of these people.

    Consider to come to Men’s Centre, Northcote, on a Monday evening, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

    You may see people in worse situations than yourself. This can be a little uplifting. Sometimes, when you can only be patient and wait for the worst to pass, you can assuage your own pain, by trying to give help to someone else. It’s much safer – giving help, than receiving it, alas.

    Most of all, if you cannot give something to your own children, due to the actions of these clowns, then don’t lose the spirit of giving, give some of what you might want to give your own child, to a friend’s child… By child, I include adult men and women.

    Nothing new under the sun.

    Bless the Lord, and pass the ammunition….

    Lots of love, MurrayBacon.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Sat 5th July 2008 @ 11:00 am

  4. Hi Paul,

    As I being one of the few who do have my children full time I empathize with your view,

    At an earlier stage I was denied any right to see my children other than what was dictated to me,

    Although my perserverance and determination did play a part in the outcome the determining factor was beyond my control, somewhat like a bittersweet miracle

    The situation now is completely contrast as I have given up trying to encourage the kids mum to have more to do with them,

    Now our kids have their dad and no mother.

    Comment by Wayne Fergusson — Sat 5th July 2008 @ 11:12 am

  5. Keep up the good work guys. I recently read an excellent submission by the Trust to a select committee regarding family law. While the political climate is presently such that sensible advice is ineffective, having such good wisdom prepared and on record will eventually make a difference.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Sat 5th July 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  6. Hi Paul,
    Thanks for this, I figure you are experiencing the same as alot of other fathers. Our group supports all NZ fathers, all issues and stories, especially in their relationships with their children.

    We also support the North Shore Men’s Centre, especially their Monday 7.30 meetings every week. I have seen the magic that they work. We can’t replace their experience, nor the many excellent mens groups in Auckland, but as Murray so elequently put it, we still have hope.

    We meet monthly, aim to support teenage fathers, at home dads and help host a Dad friendly toddler’s Jingle and Jive music session on Mondays, 11am also at the Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Church St.

    Our Father and Child New Babies Edition magazines are finally printed. They are going into Bounty-packs for first time parents in Auckland, any day now.

    Our next focus is to use our Dads and Babies guides to encourage midwives and ante-natal course providers, from around Auckland, to engage fathers.

    We are keen to hear your stories, information or events, I look forward to seeing a few new faces on Monday night. Hope you can make it!

    Best regards,
    Brendon Smith
    Father and Child
    Trust, Auckland
    09 525 1690
    021 892 980

    Comment by Brendon Smith — Sun 6th July 2008 @ 11:28 pm

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