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Archive of October 2013

Deputy Principal won’t give me my sons school report

Thu 31st October 2013:

Hi, My son is a Year 12 student at a large college in Hamilton. He was formerly in my custody but has been in his mother’s custody since 2008. The mother and I don’t get on and as a result of this she is quite obstructive and won’t send me copies of my sons school […]

Norway debates divorce

Norwegian parents should go on date nights to help reduce the country’s soaring divorce rate, the [Norwegian] government says. Solveig Horne, the country’s minister for children, equality and social inclusion, has set herself the goal of strengthening families and reducing the divorce rate, which at 40 per cent is one of the highest in Europe.

Who owns the life of the unborn?

Tue 29th October 2013:

Stuff story A Wellington taxi driver has been found not guilty of driving carelessly after a collision that claimed the life of his unborn son. Bililigne Gebretsadik, 41, has pleaded not guilty to three charges of careless driving, two of causing injury and one of careless driving causing the death of his unborn child in […]

A conversation with art

I saw this today and thought, this is such a relevant piece of art in today’s social climate. I have no idea who the artist is.

Multi-tasking manslaughter

A Wellington woman spoke on the phone for more than eight minutes as her 15-month-old baby drowned in the bath, a jury has heard. Stuff News She then made two separate calls to her parents, trying to arrange for a rug doctor to clean the carpets later that day. This will be interesting to see […]

Women’s Refuge talks up domestic violence

Mon 28th October 2013:

Read more: “We know that New Zealand offenders score very highly compared to our Canadian counterparts and we’re very concerned about that,” says Kiri Hannifin of Women’s Refuge. The origins of ODARA as shown in a previous post are Canadian and relate specifically to marital assaults by husbands on their wives.


Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk or B-SAFER This is a form that has been developed by the New Zealand Police along side the modified version of the Canadian ODARA domestic violence predictive assessment tool. Do we have any information on the purpose and use of information? It is possible these B-SAFER […]


Sun 27th October 2013:

Anyone heard of ODARA. New Zealand Police are now using the ‘Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment’ ODARA for short, imported from Canada. ODARO is a predictive assessment to determine the likelyhood of a person deemed to have assaulted their partner assaulting them again. The results rank a person on a scale of 0 – 13, […]

Young Japanese going their own way

Thu 24th October 2013:

This is an article about Japan that appears in Fox News This trend in Japan has been mentioned here before. It would be interesting to know how extensive the trend is in Asia and the reasons behind it. Certainly a population’s future could be severely tested with such a trend. The bizarre trend, dubbed by […]

Single Parent Conference

Wed 23rd October 2013:

Our Themes for 2013 1) Single Parents you’re Brilliant, and; 2) Lose the labels This is the first known conference ever for single parents made up of fathers and mothers who wish to start something from the ground. It’s a joint effort to bring attention to single parent families from a realistic perspective for who […]

Commodore Keat is a victim.

I am offering support to Commodore Keat. This man served his country for almost 40 years. His only crime was not to tell his superiors about a private relationship he had with a civilian subordinate and not ending it. Well whip-d-do-dang.

Black Ribbon Campaining Going Well

Sun 20th October 2013:

The Ministry of Men’s Affairs is a community group because successive governments have ignored the voice and welfare of NZ men. Each Saturday in October a few of us have been pounding the pavements in different cities to raise awareness of men’s issues and to encourage people to wear a black ribbon rather than supporting […]

Anne Tolley – Resign Immediately

Full Story Figures released exclusively to the Sunday Star-Times by Police Minister Anne Tolley showed in the year ending June 30, police investigated 89,947 family violence cases – 3225 more than in 2011. Yet of those, only 39,716 investigations resulted in offences being recorded. This was down on the previous year’s figure of 40,024. So […]

The future coming to meet us

Fri 18th October 2013:

Above is a bit of humour. Now read this story. midtown Manhattan, said police, who were called to the scene after a guard noticed a strong odour coming from one of the bags.

Media Analysis regarding depictions of fathers

MoMA has been encouraging study and consideration of media reporting of situations involving men and fathers, both about the underlying situations and the way that media manipulated these stories. This individual case study approach is very illustrative of the ups and downs, but may miss out on seeing the bulk of the wider picture. For […]

UK writer Melanie Phillips article Broken Families Broken Britain

Thu 17th October 2013:

she says it all..

Thinking About Mayor Brown’s Affair

Tue 15th October 2013:

Oooh, Shock Horror, How Exciting, A Scandal! Auckland’s newly elected Mayor Len Brown confirms allegations made on the WhaleOil blog site that he participated in a 2-year extramarital affair with a younger woman who served on a council advisory board. This revelation immediately became the top news story around the country. But how silly it […]

Overnight Child Custody

Mon 14th October 2013:

The research, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, showed the Metropolitan Police detained the highest number of children aged 17 and under for both years, with 14,370 in 2010 and 13,860 in 2011. This is an interesting article looking at the number of children held in overnight custody in the London Metroloitan Police Area.

Private Prosecution of Police for Exceeding Powers of Warrant

NEED BETTER WORK STORIES? [The link above takes you to the front page, which presently contains this story. After a week, you will then need to look down the front page, or search for the title “Need better work stories”.] 8 October 2013 A 7-day trial in the Auckland High Court begins Monday, 14 October, […]

5 days and counting

Sun 13th October 2013:

The world economy is like a chess game, but not one between two players who take turnabout. Each piece on the board has its own mind, plays its own game, may move when it wants, and the game progresses in a sometimes unpredictable manner. The five days referred to above is when the US could […]

Women’s Refuge justice system

Sat 12th October 2013:

So in how many of these cases is sentencing determined by what Women’s Refuge have to say. Women’s Refuge chief executive Heather Henare said the case had brought the organisation into disrepute but it was not the sentence or reparation figure they were concerned with. “What we want to achieve is for Kathy to get […]

Men are better drivers

Judge Javier Albar ruled a driving school was within its rights to charge female drivers a higher rate than men on a course of driving lessons. The Zaragoza driving school was initially fined [Euro]4000 for sexual discrimination, but Albar overturned the ruling when the school appealed and presented research to prove its claims that men […]

White Ribbon Dinner

Thu 10th October 2013:

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to advertise this because I think it is a good idea. Any covert operators looking for the inside running. Wonder who the special guests might be.

Spanking in the USA

Wed 9th October 2013:

Full Story As far as a San Jose appeals court is concerned, parents don’t need to spare the rod with their children. The court has ruled that using a wooden spoon for a spanking that causes serious bruising should not necessarily translate into a finding of child abuse. In a ruling designed to establish legal […]

Texas man fakes kidnapping

Story Here A man in Texas apparently wanted to party with his friends so badly he staged his own kidnapping so his wife wouldn’t give him a hard time about leaving the house. Now he faces criminal charges and, likely, an even angrier wife. Oh dear… Andaverde was charged with making a false report to […]

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