Jim Bagnall Died This Morning
Jim Bagnall passed away this morning after a long illness. He will be sadly missed by the many people he helped and those he campaigned with. There will be no public funeral but a dedication will be held on 29th April. FYI, Ministry of Men’s Affairs news release today:
MINISTRY OF MEN’S AFFAIRS
MINITATANGA MO NGA TANE
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 (021)269 8353
2 April 2016
DEDICATION OF BAGNALL KNOLL
Jim Bagnall, who worked tirelessly as a McKenzie Friend assisting nearly 200 families involved in Family Court proceedings, died on 2nd April 2016 of prostate cancer and complications. Fathers’ and children’s rights advocates invite the public to meet with them at 1pm on Friday 29th April opposite the Waitakere Court to dedicate the Bagnall Knoll.
The activist was world famous in Auckland in his “Magic Bus’ that was sign-written with the “Union of Fathers’ and “Project Reunion’. He championed shared parenting for many separated families and pressed the judiciary to allow children time with both parents in the best interests of the child.
Jim Bagnall often expressed his disgust at false allegations that went untested. This alienated children from their protective fathers. The ramifications of this parental abuse created family devastation involving property disputes, child support extortion and kidnap of children by mothers and CYF, Jim Bagnall claimed shortly before his death.
He also said “Nothing had changed”, referring to failure to reform the Family Court with proper mediation and to uphold shared parenting.
A spokesman for community group the Ministry for Men’s Affairs (MoMA) said “Our Jimmy is an unsung family hero. His inspiration drives us to continue the struggle for gender equality in family policy and law”.
Contact Kerry Bevin, Ministry of Men’s Affairs, Ph (021)269 8353