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Archive of 2008

Perth: Archbishop Barry Hickey laments lost fathers

Wed 10th December 2008:

THE absence of fathers is the biggest family and social problem in our society, according to Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey. Delivering his pre-Christmas message on Friday, Archbishop Hickey said the absence of dads was a bigger problem than drugs. “If Father Christmas was offering me gifts, I would ask for peace in every family and […]

Cosby speaks to legislature’s Task Force on Fatherlessness

Bill Cosby speaks to legislature’s Task Force on Fatherlessness “I believe the reason I’m here is to get these fine servants of the public to feel and understand the pain that goes with the sadness when one is abandoned.” In 2006, more than a fifth of Connecticut households with children under 18 were headed by […]

The Families Commision has become hostile towards fathers.

Rather than being simply apathetic towards fathers, the Families Commision has become hostile towards fathers. “The Families Commission has accepted the political reality of having a new minister and scrapped plans for a $200,000 conference. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett discovered plans for the conference in a briefing paper, released publicly yesterday. She got in […]

Mum ‘slit her five kids’ throats’

Tue 9th December 2008:

By Philippe Siuberski in Nivelles, Belgium December 09, 2008 11:05am A WOMAN lured her five children upstairs one by one and slit their throats before trying to kill herself, a court has been told. Belgian woman Genevieve Lhermitte, 42, is on trial for the murders of her four daughters and son, aged from three to […]

Restorative Justice and Intimate Partner Violence

Last night I attended a presentation at Men’s Centre North Shore by PHD student Anne Hayden. She came to public prominence recently by taking the Herceptin petition to Parliament. The meeting was attended by 19 men and 2 woman. Although passions ran high at times, the discussion which followed was ably chaired by Jim Bagnal. […]

Attack on Male Principals

Sat 6th December 2008:

“Illiterate, sexist and anti-intellectual school boards are appointing poorly qualified school principals, says a researcher with 15 years experience working with boards.” Regards Scrap

World Festival of Magic

The ‘World Festival of Magic’ has been running for 20 years. It’s a magnificent 90-minute family orientated show and has been touring in over 70 cities in Australia and New Zealand.

No Progress Evident

Wed 3rd December 2008:

Our new government seems to be off to a good start. Instant protection orders to ensure thousands more children are disconnected from their fathers, DNA to be taken from anyone arrested on suspicion of a crime, and more prisons to be built to throw men into.

HELP for “When mother hurts father” – UK style

Sun 30th November 2008:

In NZ, the debate about domestic violence hasn’t got past the “90% of domestic violence victims are women, so provide support services only for the women”. (The values are wrong AND the statistics are wrong!) In NZ, 90% of serious assault victims and murder victims are male. In UK, there are working helpline services which […]

Politicians showing concern for childrens upbringing

Sat 29th November 2008:

For me, it is sad that the conditions around our children’s upbringing, did not receive much discussion during the recent election campaign. Issues include: almost complete absence of men among preschool and primary teachers <10% relatively few men among secondary school teachers <25% Unskilled familycaughts failing to make care decisions based on the real life […]

Auckland Woman tourtured and murdered baby

Tue 25th November 2008:

An Auckland woman has been sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum non parole period of 17 years for the murder of ten month old baby Jynia Te Awa. Tiana Kapea, who was the child’s minder, has also been sentenced to three years jail on a cruelty charge – that is to be served concurrently with […]

Lesbian murderers not being separated in jail

Two young lesbian murderers are defying the wishes of a Supreme Court judge in Perth by spending recreational time in prison together, Attorney-General Christian Porter said yesterday. In March, Judge Peter Blaxell sentenced 21-year-old Jessica Stasinowsky and 19-year-old Valerie Parashumti to life in prison for the wilful murder of teenager Stacey Mitchell. Their friend of […]

Woman so obviously lying case is struck out

Mon 24th November 2008:

The case was struck out but (a) it should never have gone to trial in the first place and (b) what about perjury? From Rape charges against New Zealand Warriors NRL player Michael Crockett have been dismissed by a Sydney court. Crockett, 25, fronted a committal hearing on Friday at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local […]

Men and Domestic Violence

Sun 23rd November 2008:

Hans made a good point in one of his comments stating that the Domestic Violence laws in New Zealand are biased against men. Canada has a solid Men’s Movement and since the 80’s have tried to find fairness for fathers, men and boys as well as stop the bias and hatred feminism tries so hard […]

The Family Court’s weakest point.

Fri 21st November 2008:

Many people don’t appear to realise how vulnerable the NZ Family Court is. The weakest point of the NZ Family Court is public confidence in it. Once the public confidence in the Family Court drops below a certain level the Family Court looses all power and authority. This is the greatest threat to the family […]

Nia Glassie’s siblings doing well with Dad

Wed 19th November 2008:

Nia Glassie’s siblings are thriving in Tokoroa with their grandparents and father as their mother and others implicated in  their sister’s death face jail. Lisa Kuka, 35, was found guilty of two charges of manslaughter in the High Court at Rotorua yesterday after a month-long trial that revealed shocking details of months of abuse that ended […]

Does the new government speak with forked tongue?

I don’t know how to go about it but I think this is an opportunity to press for the state apparatus to support father involvement. Fatherless children are at risk children. Tariana Turia states “Families need to stay strongly connected so that they are able pick up on any issues that arise.” So now is […]

Reactions of women compared to men.

Mon 17th November 2008:

My story is pretty bad but so are many fathers.  One thing I learnt years ago is that there is always another father with an even worse experience than yours.  Mine is a bad one all the same. When I tell people about my story with my ex, the family court and so on,  I […]

Brisbane woman charged with torture

Nov 16 2008 A Brisbane woman has been charged with torturing a two-year-old boy admitted to hospital with serious injuries. Queensland Police charged the 29-year-old woman from Regents Park, in Brisbane’s south, with one count each of torture, cruelty to a child and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm. She was arrested after police […]

Crying Wolf – 60 minutes documentary

Sat 15th November 2008:

For people who are falsely accused of rape, the extent goes much deeper than a bad reputation. Lost spouses, lost jobs — lives left in ruins. But the damage doesn’t stop with them. There are people who are not receiving police attention because the valuable police resources are tied up with these false complaints. Genuine […]

Men’s intuition good enough to be used as caught evidence!

Fri 14th November 2008:

It seems that men’s intuition is more than good enough, to be used in familycaught, as evidence? Interestingly, scientific checking shows that women’s intuition is less sensitive and less accurate. Men’s suspicious minds better at spotting infidelity Suspicious dads spark surge in sales of DNA kits Is this a bit of a turnaround from the […]

Strategy Conference Call

Thu 13th November 2008:

If you are interested in joining a Skype Conference Call to discuss planning a thorough and complete strategy to respond to the proposed on the spot protection orders please email You need to have Skype. You need to be committed to action. You need to understand working as team with diverse people with different […]

Alleged Gender Gap

An organisation called the World Economic Forum has released a report on how much the world’s countries have closed the “gender gap”. New Zealand ranks fifth behind Iceland and the Nordic countries. Here is an excerpt from their web pages: New Zealand (5) and Australia (21) continue to perform well in the rankings. Both countries […]

A request for Gender Equality

This is a draught of the letter to be sent to Mr Key, please read over it and comment about what changes, additions or subtractions you feel are necessary. A week from now I will circulate for signatory from men’s groups. Dear Prime Minister John Key, Congratulations on your appointment to Prime Minister of New […]

Good luck

Wed 12th November 2008:

I have taken a keen interest in family law and men’s issues. I worked with Judy to draft and get the DNA bill on the order paper, where it now languishes because United fell 0.3% short of getting Judy Turner back into Parliament.

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