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Radio NZ Breached Broadcasting Standard

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:46 pm Wed 16th March 2016

FYI, our media release:

MoMA Media Release: 07 March 2016

Radio NZ Careless about Domestic Violence Figures

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has upheld a complaint that Radio NZ broadcast incorrect statistics about family violence deaths. The incorrect figures claimed that more than twice as many women than men are being killed by family members in New Zealand. Authoritative figures show that almost as many men are killed as women.

Radio NZ relied on old figures published by the Ministry for Social Development that were unreferenced as to their origin. The BSA found that Radio NZ did not take reasonable efforts to ensure their broadcast was accurate. The BSA noted that Radio NZ also ignored a listener’s efforts to point out the figures were wrong.

Hans Laven from community group the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MoMA) also criticized the Ministry for Social Development for continuing to publish the misleading figures.

‘I have written several times to the Ministry for Social Development (MSD) asking them to amend their figures to make clear they are not current and may never have been accurate, but MSD replied they are happy to keep publishing them’ Mr Laven said.

Mr Laven accused both Radio NZ and MSD of failing in their social responsibility by spreading misinformation that discounts male victims and harms NZ men.

Mr Laven warned that efforts to reduce family violence would be unsuccessful unless based on a realistic understanding of the problem. He called for Radio NZ to issue a correction and an apology to the many male victims of domestic violence.

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; [email protected]
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  1. As a man that was once a victim of DV I am very thankful for the efforts that have lead to this decision. Great work !
    Really fantastic. Hats off from me.
    Now let’s see what redactions evolve.
    Made my week !
    Thank you !
    I’m being interviewed myself for a radio interview due early April
    I look forward to posting a link.

    Comment by voices back from the bush — Wed 16th March 2016 @ 9:59 pm

  2. Wow. Its sinking in. This is a game changer as far as truth about DV is concerned.
    You guys nailed it.

    Comment by voices back from the bush — Wed 16th March 2016 @ 10:08 pm

  3. What do you think – Downunder?

    Comment by voices back from the bush — Wed 16th March 2016 @ 10:31 pm

  4. Great work by Hans and others. I wonder if Radio NZ would do a story about male victims of DV as well?

    Comment by dontpet — Thu 17th March 2016 @ 7:12 am

  5. Well a women can’t legally be convicted of rape so I don’t really see male victims of DV being taken seriously.
    To me there’s just something a little strange about men complaining about DV.
    It would be better to focus on men accused of DV.

    Anyway we’re in the post anti-smacking law world, things have gone a bit weird.

    All this DV stuff is just man hating feminist rhetoric.
    Just tell them their numbers are bullshit.

    Comment by mantrol — Sat 19th March 2016 @ 1:10 pm

  6. *To me there’s just something a little strange about a man complaining about being a victim of DV.*

    Comment by mantrol — Sat 19th March 2016 @ 1:13 pm

  7. 5&6, is this rhetoric more your taste-as a woman?

    Comment by voices back from the bush — Sun 20th March 2016 @ 3:26 am

  8. 4, I did a recording yesterday being interviewed by a presenter Named Michael Hempseed about an experience I had almost two years ago after being assaulted then accused by a female ex partner.
    I think its broadcast on 5 april. His programme is called lighthouse of hope on plains FM.
    We recorded for about 40 minutes but the editing will be very severe. It might be a just a few minutes long.
    It was not a response from ministry for Mens BSA decision just coincidental.(at least I think it was)
    It was my first time on radio and I was a bit nervous and I’ve no idea how it will come across but I gave it a go.
    The presenter thanked me telling me that few male “victims” are prepared to speak of their experience.
    I said” Few radio presenters ever ask”!

    Another presenter said he wanted to interview me also.

    Apparently They like to be given an overview in writing of proposed feature topics.
    I’m trying to put one together for their consideration entitled” Alternative Solutions to our Domestic Violence crises”.
    If any menz readers have any suggestions or thoughts along those lines – perhaps I could add them to my list.
    Please do comment. !

    Comment by voices back from the bush — Sun 20th March 2016 @ 4:29 am

  9. But what is the actual “crises”?
    The establishment squealing about Domestic or Family Violence is just male shaming, emasculation and taking away our authority to be men, to keep the male population under control.
    It’s why all their stats are clearly perverted and dishonest.

    And they want the male population even weaker, it’s why this shit is in overdrive.

    Don’t validate their bullshit by entitling it “Alternative Solutions to our Domestic Violence crises”.

    First thing is to rename it, eg Domestic disorder.

    And instead of seeing it as a “anger management” issue, make it a woman management issue, this will help men that may hurt or be hurt by women.

    eg, send dudes off to a woman management course.

    At the end of the day if you’re not in control or the boss of your woman? then you’re not in a real male/female relationship.

    Comment by mantrol — Sun 20th March 2016 @ 7:43 am

  10. “there’s no reason to hit a woman”

    Comment by mantrol — Sun 20th March 2016 @ 7:49 am

  11. mantrol (#9): We don’t agree that men need to be in control or the boss of women, or that is the right way for men and women to be in relationships. We do agree that assertiveness is often necessary to deal with one’s partner, and women at least as often as men deserve straight feedback and, when necessary, consequences for undesirable behaviour. There are always consequences available that are within the law. We believe clear law, not vague and ever more extensive codes invented by feminists and supported in Family Court, should set the criteria for acceptable responses.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Sun 20th March 2016 @ 10:16 pm


    I am unsure of your agenda bud but to each his own, however being in control of a women means also being in control of children. Now if you aspire to that view, what happens when the child grows up and reverts back on you in adult life? Men are different so that their desires are a evolutionary trait not a willing mindset. As for acceptable responses in the family court forget the law and go after the JUDGES, these Muppet’s are there to take away your KIDS. I have always lived by the rule if you are arguing more than once a day LEAVE! Power is not control. Taking away the ability for women to have a vitriolic spasm is far more effective as they receive no response.

    Comment by brent — Sat 9th April 2016 @ 7:41 am

  13. RE – MEDIA Release Moma

    Guys getting Radio New Zealand to retract or apologise for those statements is rather like asking if a man can overnight in a women’s refuge!

    It ain’t gonna happen. Look at the big picture and ask who runs it and see the agendas behind it. The infiltration through state controlled communications is endemic after 9 years of Aunty Helen and given the pressure bought to bear on the National Government has been largely successful hence change and no small part due to Mens groups standing up for their rights and of children. What they won’t do and should is fire those at the top because it will then be seen as political, having had issues with both CYFS and Family Court it is clearly slated towards a feminists agenda.

    Comment by brent — Sat 9th April 2016 @ 7:58 am

  14. Mantrol you never said a truer word than “Taking away the ability for women to have a vitriolic spasm is far more effective as they receive no response.”
    My ex turned all her hatred inwards after I cot off all communication years ago. She eventually died of three cancers late last year.
    She was a mother of four children, a grandmother, she had brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, and yet no-one wanted to attend the funeral. One small bunch of flowers, no grief, nobody cried.

    I would have preferred it if she had got over her bitterness, and made a new life for herself,
    Her choice was to keep feeding the bitterness within her. She died bitter and miserable, and possibly died because of her bitterness.

    Comment by John Brett — Sat 9th April 2016 @ 9:52 am

  15. Yeah, my mum was miserable and bitter and ended up dying of cancer.
    both my olds have had cancer.

    And my old man had a major heart attack a few months after mum died.

    My situation is a bit different but the result is the same.

    Comment by mantrol — Sat 9th April 2016 @ 6:23 pm

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