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Archive of July 2012

New book: Have You Seen My Child

Tue 31st July 2012:

Hi fathers, Since December 2008, some of you will have read about the then Deputy Chief of the NSW Fire Brigade who was searching the world for his the 3 yo son, abducted from Australia by his wife. Against all odds, he succeeded, after a cycle crusade conducted over 6500kms around Europe. After more than […]

SHINE- Response to my query

My enquiry: What assistance does Shine provide for abused men? I have been involved for many years with Menscentre, and was on the Separated fathers Support Trust which established a Men’s Refuge. Our experience is that many organizations in the DV field were totally negative to men, and regarded DV as entirely men attacking women. […]

Child Neglect – minutes or months?

Thu 26th July 2012:

In NZ, the public discourse is about obvious child neglect or serious injury done in a minute and the more subtle emotional neglect, which injures children over weeks and months is neglected in the public debate. This longer term damage by emotional neglect, affects many, many more children, probably over 10,000. It cannot be seen […]

A Century of Fatherhood BBC4

The BBC has shown a 3 part documentary A Century of Fatherhood. Three-part series which tells the story of the revolution in modern fatherhood in Britain during the last hundred years, using intimate testimony, rare archive and the latest historical research A Century of Fatherhood reveals that the view we now have of fathers in […]

If the noose fits, wear it?

Wed 25th July 2012:

It can be educational, to lift one well known and understood story, change the names to something else (a less well known story) and then see if the newly developed story has any ring of truth in it? This can be an unfair and abusive technique? It can also give some insight into the less […]

Advocating for DV support for men too

Supplementary Submission to Domestic violence trends and issues in NSW (Inquiry) by Men’s Health Australia The Domestic violence trends and issues in NSW (Inquiry) held a closed ‘Public Forum’ (transcript here) with invited stakeholders on 18th June 2012. The One in Three Campaign was not informed that this event was to take place, nor were […]

The Primary Caregiver Fraud

Tue 24th July 2012:

The Primary Caregiver Fraud F. M. Christensen is Professor Emeritus in the department of philosophy of the University of Alberta. The ‘Primary Caregiver’ Fraud By Professor F. M. Christensen Imagine a society in which when a couple separates or divorces, it is always the father who receives custody of the children. No matter how caring […]

Protecting children proactively and men too

Sat 21st July 2012:

An exploration of the experiences and perspectives of New Zealanders with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder Salmon JV, & Buetow SA. (2012, February). Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology, 19(1):e41-50. Epub 2012 Feb 5. Link to Abstract and Full Article In order that progress in this field can take place, health and social agencies, educational […]

Why do men have children?

Wed 18th July 2012:

This post is requesting readers to supply an answer to the above question. I am conducting research on the subject and keen to hear from the ‘horses mouth’ what it was that motivated you to pursue fatherhood. I assume a lot of men on this site will have mixed feelings now but if you can […]

Men’s Centre North Shore weekly meetings end after 15 years

Sun 15th July 2012:

I received a call from Jim Bagnal at the end of last week, informing me that Men’s Centre North Shore is no longer able to continue running support meetings on Monday nights. As far as I know, any official funding ran out years ago, and expenses have been met by individual supporters for some time.

Comment on the White Ribbon Campaign

Fri 13th July 2012:

There has been some debate on the White Ribbon Campaign’s Facebook page under a picture of a woman with bullet holes all around her face and the words “Killing me softly with his words”, and elsewhere. The nice white ribbon people have now removed my comments and seem to have blocked me from further input.

Sentencing Trust a Misandrist Organisation

Thu 12th July 2012:

I’m interested in others’ thoughts on this. I say It’s time we officially recognize the so-called ‘Sensible’ Sentencing Trust as an anti-male group. Garth McVicker will become another nominee for the 2012 Miss Andry Male Bashing Award.

Boshier has gone! But will it be better the devil we knew or the next

Wed 11th July 2012:

New appointment to Law Commission Think how much damage he can do here 🙁

Is Misandry in Society becoming excessive?

Sat 7th July 2012:

Back in January 2010; the “Futurist” published an expose on misandry; entitled The Misandry Bubble. Today a poll is being taken by the author asking one simple question; Is Misandry in Society becoming excessive? If you would like to cast your vote; then the link is here: A First Quarter Poll on the Misandry Bubble […]

Gender research about medical services

Thu 5th July 2012:

FYI, my letter to Prof Crampton whose interview with Radio NZ showed some fine feminist reasoning (find it at I also sent a letter summarizing my concerns to the editor of the journal, who happens to be Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith!

Protecting yourself from Perjury

Wed 4th July 2012:

With the familycaught$ heading into a period of extreme change, there may be an increase in manipulation and perjury. Entitlement leads to immunity from other people’s rules. This is a dangerous disease, so try to be careful not to catch it yourself. As Machiavelli said, time is the greatest innovator. When the invisible rules of […]

Response from Minister

Mon 2nd July 2012:

As expected the reply from the Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne was a fob off, in response to my clear expose of anti-male gender bias by the Ministry of Health in the way it reports and responds to suicide. I publish Mr Dunne’s letter here for all to see the extent to which it […]

Family Court not for revenge

Sun 1st July 2012:

What is the world coming to? Mainstream media finally saying something sensible about the Family Court! Herald on Sunday editorial: Family Court not for revenge Groups representing fathers have long claimed, with some plausibility, that the Family Court process routinely holds fathers’ rights as less important than mothers’, for example by granting orders ex parte […]


Many years ago, in 1960s USA there was a telephone technician strike. The technicians predicted that within a month, there would be so many faults that had occurred in the telephone exchanges and not been repaired, that most calls would fail to get through. The employers also nervously awaited the expected degradation of the quality […]

Sex Education – Tell it like it Is

I have been concerned about messages given to our children, at school. I am in favour of schools giving sex education, when it is factually correct. My criticism might be seen as being over small peripheral issues, such as safety and risk.

Male workers’ sacrifice hidden again

This article in the NZ Herald today reports on the funeral of yet another male forestry worker and tells us that 183 ‘workers’ and ‘people’ were seriously injured and 3 killed in forestry last year. My letter to the journalist was as follows:

Reliable child abuse measure vital for NZ

Reliable child abuse measure vital for NZ MARIKA HILL Last updated 05:00 01/07/2012 New Zealand’s child abuse record is brutally laid bare in one of the most comprehensive releases of Government data on the nation’s bruised and broken children. There are 22,000 substantiated child abuse cases each year, resulting in around 1000 prosecutions and 128 […]

Value for money in caught$

It is not just the familycaught$ that has serious value for money problems. As the familycaught$ is now charging daily court costs, users need to be much more careful about what they are taking on, when the initiate or defend any action in familycaught$. 51 plumbing jolts leave couple battling for compo A Bay of […]

Safe Cognitive Thought Processes?

It is scary, how men and women can be warned about some hazard, for example the familycaught$, yet they will sail on into it with a high degree of trust. Sure, the Government advertises the quality and fit-for-purpose of the familycaught$, despite the steady stream of complaints that they receive and ignore about it. This […]

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