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Family Hero Falls Ill

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:10 am Thu 19th February 2015

19 February 2015


Ministry of Men’s Affairs spokesman Kerry Bevin says that many kiwi men and their families will be saddened by Jim Bagnall’s terminal prostate cancer.

“Our Jimi is a family hero. For years he has championed the rights of fathers and their protective role towards children.”

“Jimi understands absolutely the abuse of parental alienation and has also fought for mothers to see their children.”

Bevin met Jim Bagnall on the Men’s Convoy 2004, trying to redress the punitive child support on thousands of fathers.

Jim Bagnall remains highly critical of the Family Court that still accepts untested allegations in custody disputes and operates in secret. He has supported parents as a Court-approved McKenzie Friend in 200 cases. He has also set up a Trust to provide continuing support.

He insists police “safety orders’ eject fathers from their homes without proper justification.

“There are no refuges for these distressed fathers to go to either” Bagnall said. Although now seriously ill, he remained concerned about family and gender issues.

“Moves towards family mediation have failed.”

“Psychological violence employed by women provokes domestic violence and harms the children.”

“Look at the recent case of a man jailed for hugging his son in a carpark.”

Bevin stated “Jim Bagnall will be a lasting inspiration to those who believe in real family values and want the law based on gender equality. Children’s right to have both parents involved in their lives must be protected.”

Bevin is disappointed that Jim Bagnall’s name has not yet been put forward for national honours for supporting the family.

– Contact Kerry Bevin, Ministry of Men’s Affairs, Ph (09) 4747762

A Community Group because successive governments have neglected the voice and welfare of New Zealand men

PO Box 13130, Tauranga 3141
Contact Hans Laven (07)5712435 or (0274)799745; or Kerry Bevin (09)4247762; [email protected]


  1. MMA,
    Sorry to hear of Jim’s illness.

    If you’re reading this please accept my deepest sympathy.
    You have been a stalwart for many years regarding men’s civil rights.
    I too would love to see your name put forward for national honours for supporting the family.
    Kia Kaha Brother Jim.

    Comment by ManAlive — Thu 19th February 2015 @ 4:08 pm

  2. We all know he will never get any recognition for confronting the state machine.

    So his work as an anthropologist and his time spent teaching gifted children in holiday programmes will also go unnoticed also.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 19th February 2015 @ 8:26 pm

  3. Its great to see this acknowledgment for his good deeds and his courage.
    Too often the terminally sick are ignored.
    Im always pleased when thanks and respect are given to someone that’s still with us rather than saying nice things about the deceased. Cancer takes many good men from us but sometimes it gives us a chance to say thanks.
    Ministry of Mens affairs has been very proactive with Mens rights and mens issues and I expect Jim is pleased there are men who will carry his batten for the sake of us all.

    Comment by dunnuffinwrong — Fri 20th February 2015 @ 12:09 pm

  4. hes a hero of the “brotherhood”, hes one of only a few new zealanders I would really like to meet, so sorry to hear about his illness.

    Comment by mopardad — Sun 22nd February 2015 @ 6:12 pm

  5. I am very sorry to hear of Jim’s ill health. If he is reading this I wish to express my gratitude for his great service to the men and families of New Zealand.

    Comment by Dave — Tue 24th February 2015 @ 3:57 pm

  6. Dear Jim
    You are my hero. You have known for many years of your illness. Your legacy is all the good that you have done for so many families.
    I feel small beside you.



    Comment by John Brett — Tue 10th March 2015 @ 2:31 pm

  7. So many children alianated from their fathers, as many mothers supported by the NZ Family Court, Legal Services Agency, Contractors to the Court and Legal Aid Jockeys yet so little time.

    Comment by Brad — Thu 9th April 2015 @ 4:31 am

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