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The Families Commision has become hostile towards fathers.

Filed under: General — Vman @ 4:58 pm Wed 10th December 2008

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 contact with the commission to say it was inappropriate in tough economic times and encouraged it to reconsider.


The conference was to be held in Auckland in February bringing together 150 “leaders and decision makers”.

Among attendees expected were The Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall, Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier, public sector chief executives, sector and business groups and unions.

The Families Commission was a United Future Party initiative.”

As far as I know not a single father’s group was invited.


  1. Given Peter Dunnes view of what constitutes a family these days there is no surprise no fathers were invited. Our point of view was probably represented by a turkey baster.

    Comment by Bruce — Wed 10th December 2008 @ 5:09 pm

  2. I am saying that they are hostile towards fathers because they invited Boshier to their conference. This guy has been very vocal at criticising any group that provides support to fathers. He also refuses to talk to any such group or listen to their concerns. Not to mention how he and his department treat fathers in the court system.

    I am suggesting that the Families Commission is being influenced and taking direction (in a general sense) from such anti-father people.

    Anyone want to bet that an entire generation of fatherless children was never on the agenda of this conference?

    Comment by Dave — Wed 10th December 2008 @ 5:22 pm

  3. The Families Commission appears to be little more than yet another branch of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. It pushes feminist ideology and appears to disregard the very reasonable and well-evidenced submissions directed to it by myself and other men’s and fathers’ people. Given the definition of “families” it seems to use it would be better named the “Any Bunch of Cohabitants Commission”.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Wed 10th December 2008 @ 6:53 pm

  4. The “Families Commission” should be renamed the “Households Commission”.

    I know the head of research at the Families Commission well. She is a very radical feminist.

    Bruce Tichbon

    Comment by Bruce Tichbon — Wed 10th December 2008 @ 8:58 pm

  5. Who are the idiots protesting outside John Key’s home as reported in the Herald this morning (front page)?
    I understood Union of Fathers were opposed to home protests since the Coalition protests of 2006.
    This rent a mob type activity does our cause no good at all.

    Comment by anonymous — Sat 13th December 2008 @ 3:37 pm

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