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Archive of 2012

Gender Obfuscation in Workplace Deaths

Fri 2nd November 2012:

FYI, I sent the following to Francios Barton, Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment concerning a news article today: I sent the following to journalist Natalie Akoorie regarding her NZ Herald article on a construction work safety campaign. The article suggests that the use of the word ‘people’ in referring to workplace deaths and injuries […]

Dunne claims child support amendment formula will be fairer: Yeah Right

Thu 1st November 2012:

Media Release Dunne claims child support amendment formula will be fairer: Yeah Right Long time child support reformer, Jim Nicolle, describes Peter Dunne’s claim that the new child support formula would be fairer as a ‘Tui Billboard’.

Police Admit False Claims about Rugby Domestic Violence

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs recently challenged the NZ police for making a public claim that domestic violence call outs had increased during an All Blacks match. The police have finally responded acknowledging that they had not been able to find any significant link between family violence and rugby matches.

Boshier’s Last Salvo

Principal Family Court Judge Boshier has made what is described as his last speech in the role. Guess where? Yep, at the Women’s Refuge annual conference. Radio NZ has today been pushing his call in that speech to make domestic violence a separate criminal offence. Various feminist sympathizers have agreed but the only real advantage […]

Ministry of Men’s Affairs Officially Recognized

Fri 26th October 2012:

Well, sort of. The Prime Minister’s office replied to a letter from MoMA, addressing it to Kerry Bevin and myself at the Ministry of Men’s Affairs. No response was included regarding our request for $5 million (somewhat less than is spent every year on the Ministry of Women’s Affairs), but the welfare of men was […]

MoMA’s Black Ribbon Campaign

Representatives of the Ministry of Men’s Affairs have campaigned each Saturday in October handing out leaflets, badges and sensible gender politics. So far we have campaigned in Manurewa, Tauranga and K Road Auckland.

International Day of the Girl Child

Last Thursday was the first International Day of the Girl Child, started by the UN to “recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges that girls face around the world”. (From this Herald article) The UN also strongly promotes International Women’s Day. But the UN runs no International Day of the Boy Child or International Men’s […]

Survey: Does PND affect infant-mother attachment and is the role of the father a moderating factor?

Sun 21st October 2012:

New dads are needed to take part in a 25 minute online survey entitled: ‘How does postnatal depression affect infant-mother attachment, and is the role of the father a moderating factor?’

The framing and econometrics of child support

Thu 18th October 2012:

This paper: The framing and econometrics of child support by Stuart Birks is well worth a read. Paper for the New Zealand Association of Economists Conference Wellington, 29 June – 1 July 2011 Abstract The approach taken to child support in New Zealand has shaped perceptions and outcomes. Despite ongoing dissatisfaction, substantial changes to the […]

Of marriage and men: stereotypes that ignore half the story

Mon 15th October 2012:

I don’t think this needs a summary. Just read it: Of marriage and men: stereotypes that ignore half the story

DIY submissions to family court

Sat 13th October 2012:

Good morning fathers, I don’t have any intention to flood you with all my legal documentation, however as part of my theory that family court is a “zero-sum game”, I take action and not letting any response from the other side to be left without an answer.

Boshier on the couch with Women’s Refuge

Fri 12th October 2012:

At the end of October, Women’s Refuge held their 2012 annual conference at The Winery Riverlands, Blenheim. They “planned a ground breaking conference on how we can build safer futures for women, children and families in Aotearoa.” Based on what I have heard from hundreds of men who have come in contact with Women’s Refuge […]

Feminist ‘facts’

Wed 10th October 2012:

Hate statistics This does not need a summary – just watch it:

Review: Buck Up – the Real Bloke’s Guide to Getting Healthy and Living Longer

Thu 4th October 2012:

Last night Felicity and I attended a function at the Millenium Centre to celebrate the launch of a new book for men by Buck Shelford and Dr Grant Schofield.

Lawyer for Family Court Hearing for Child Support

Does anybody have personal experience or know of a lawyer well versed in the Child Support Act, they would recommend for a Family Court hearing for child support. Alternatively, any feedback on the best way to proceed with the Family Court if a lawyer is not engaged. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Protecting Children Through Separation

Sun 30th September 2012:

Making the Marriage Licence Worth Something? While the marriage licence is being applied for, we could be reporting to parents on their parenting skills and resources. This is based on financial resources, employment skills, day to day parenting skills and mental health. Family backup is a little part of this equation, for time support, as […]

Brian Gardiner defends White Ribbon Hate Campaign

Thu 27th September 2012:

Yesterday’s RadioNZ Nine to Noon featured an item about the recent release of Police family violence statistics. I strongly recommend MENZ readers listen to this online while it’s available.

Black Ribbon Table – slight change

Please note that the Hamilton and Tauranga dates have had to be reversed due to availability of key personnel. I have amended the original post to reflect the new schedule, shown below. Note that the Auckland dates remain as they were with no change. Saturday 6 October: Manurewa town centre Saturday 13 October: Red Square, […]

Parent relationships hypocrisy

Wed 26th September 2012:

Parent relationships hypocracy? In these examples, the “judges” under the spotlight are in USA and in Turkey. The USA case was not under Hague Convention, but the real world parenting issues are similar.

The terror of the politically correct – Karen Woodall

While many men are sitting delicately, on their oversized derrieres, it is women who are getting out and actively doing something to protect children’s rights to have a relationship with their fathers…. No, I am not suggesting drug or electric shock treatment for your lethargy, more adrenaline injections from extreme violence….. Anyway, maybe reading Karen […]

NZ Police: Nearly 50 per cent of children who die as a result of family violence are killed by their mothers

Tue 25th September 2012:

NZ Police today released a report summarising the findings of 95 family violence death reviews involving 101 victims between 2004 and 2011. The report, which did not include all deaths that occurred during that period, found 15 out of 33 child victims were killed by their mums. Five newborn babies were killed by women who […]

Letter to Hon Paula Bennett Re: Child Support and Benefit Abuse

Dear Paula I wish to draw your attention to a case that has come to light with Child Support NZ. Background: My husband and his ex wife had a private arrangement where he paid her child support each month as a cash payment. She went on a benefit during this time and did not notify […]

Black Ribbons March On

We are going to set up a table promoting the Black Ribbon Campaign – Show You Care About Men each Saturday in October, 10am to 2pm, as follows: Saturday 6 October: Manurewa town centre Saturday 13 October: Red Square, Tauranga Saturday 20 October: St Kevin’s Arcade, K Rd, Auckland Saturday 27 October: Garden Place, Hamilton […]

‘Time for a Change’ in how we address DV?

Written for FathersCan by Dr. Don Dutton PHD-for national and International distribution ‘Time for a Change?’ What do Chris Brown, Ike Turner, and OJ Simpson have in common? They are all famous men who beat their wives. Chris Brown’s case got maximum exposure on Oprah, Ike Turner was vilified in a movie, OJ got all […]

Owen Glenn is wasting his money

Sun 23rd September 2012:

Independent enquiry!!! was the subject of the email I recieved yesterday, noting that Owen Glenn is launching an inquiry into domestic violence and with the comment that this could be a chance for men’s concerns to be heard.

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