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Counting Down to Men’s Summit, 6 April 2018

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:53 am Sun 25th March 2018

The NZ Men’s Summit 2018 is on Friday 6th April, the Friday after Easter, so sign up today!

Those who have registered to attend already include leading lights of the NZ men’s movement.

The venue is the Jean Batten Room, Holiday Inn, 2 Ascot Road, Mangere, Auckland. There is ample car parking. It’s only a few kilometres from Auckland Airport from which a shuttle bus operates to the venue ($6 each way, gold coins required), enabling people from outside Auckland to travel conveniently to and from the Summit on the same day.

Our speakers will explore men’s issues related to family violence, perinatal care and sexual harassment. We will view and discuss videos from two leading international women speaking sense about gender issues. We will announce the winners of the inaugural NZ Men’s Champion Award and the NZ Fake News Award. We will participate in two short workshops, one on men’s personal development and one to seek a clear and fair definition of sexual harassment. We will summarize key conclusions and recommendations from the Summit that will subsequently be made available to news media, government and the general public.

For those interested, a new MRA (Men’s Rights Action) Party will be launched to participate more actively in NZ’s democratic political system.

Find the full day’s program here!

So come along and contribute to our understanding of gender issues from a position of respect for men, their insights and roles. Come and help develop ways for NZ men and women to work together towards a better society!

Register Now
Conference Fee: $75 (includes a working lunch, morning and afternoon teas)
Payment to:
Men’s Summit a/c, Kiwibank 38-90000-252890-05
Please put your name in the Reference Box

Then email [email protected] with the title “Men’s Summit 2018 Registration” and provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and organisation if applicable.

If $75 is a problem due to financial limitation, please drop us an email to [email protected], or phone a convener on these numbers: (022) 594 8093, (07) 578 9698 or (0274) 799 745

If you or your organisation want to provide a poster or occupy a table to inform people of your activities, please let us know at [email protected] or phone a convener on these numbers: (022) 594 8093, (07) 578 9698 or (0274) 799 745


  1. A commendable effort by ‘somebody’.

    My immediate concern is that the event and certainly the launching of MRA is not open to the media – following afternoon tea.

    You can’t deflect or manipulate media with endless post scripts of events, so you might as well do it the right way to start with.

    Comment by Downunder — Sun 25th March 2018 @ 12:29 pm

  2. Thanks for the suggestion Downunder, the conveners will consider this.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Sun 25th March 2018 @ 12:39 pm

  3. Just out of curiosity.
    How many people have signed up are expected to attend?

    Comment by WrongGender — Wed 4th April 2018 @ 1:19 pm

  4. @3 It’s good to see the event crawl into the light of day but there appears to be a reluctance to engage the public and the media.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Fri 6th April 2018 @ 7:55 am

  5. @3 Are you our action reporter at scene today, bringing us live updates on the latest insights from MoMA (Ministry of Men’s Affairs)

    Comment by Downunder — Fri 6th April 2018 @ 10:11 am

  6. @5 Just curious…

    Comment by WrongGender — Fri 6th April 2018 @ 3:35 pm

  7. @6 Apparently that only killed the cat. Hopefully you and I are safe!

    Comment by Downunder — Fri 6th April 2018 @ 5:55 pm

  8. Bevan, feel it’s time to that you provided support rather than guttersnipe from a position of anonymity.
    I cannot fathom why?
    Some people who apparently thought they had nothing to lose and had attempted suicide, ended with ability to vent
    in National Media through your facilitation.
    You have more than extensive knowledge of crisis affecting men, yet polarise with adverse critique.
    Without the shared experience of unity a decade ago, probably I would have been a forgotten corpse rather than now a latter day hero in the eyes of my progeny.

    Comment by Paul Catton — Fri 6th April 2018 @ 11:46 pm

  9. Paul

    The pinned post on this site is about a Men’s Summit.

    Below on the same day are four posts from current media that affect men.

    While it may not be apparent to you, this did not just happen – it actually took some effort, research, investigation, communication with other people, fact checking, and yes, I bothered.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Sat 7th April 2018 @ 2:29 am

  10. #8 ‘guttersnipe’ Mr Catton is a derogatory reference to the person, not what is said, and that should not need to be brought to the attention of a well-spoken English gentleman, such as yourself.

    Comment by Downunder — Sat 7th April 2018 @ 9:53 am

  11. OK, I have now unpinned this post.

    I attended the summit yesterday, with about 30 other men, and one woman. Good to see some old faces and a couple of new, younger ones.

    My overall impression is that it was a bit “same old, same old”, and that we haven’t made much progress since the first series of Men’s Summits over a decade ago.

    But as always, it was a good networking opportunity and a chance to learn about what is happening for men in other parts of the country.

    Comment by JohnPotter — Sat 7th April 2018 @ 9:55 am

  12. #11
    Your last paragraph is quite significant.

    NZ has always been provincial in many respects or aspects.

    While this can be divisive in one sense, it is a missed opportunity in others.

    We might ask the question “Has any significant factor attributable to the recent wave of suicides amongst Canterbury Young Farmers been identified?”

    ‘What we found’ in relation to this is often overlooked by ‘what do we all agree on’.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Sat 7th April 2018 @ 10:36 am

  13. Dear John, even though I wasn’t there, there was improved mutual respect and listening, than through the last decade in men’s movement. In my opinion, the lack of those were the main problems within the men’s movement. So it seemed to me quite a step forwards.
    Sure, same old….
    It was really good to see so many of the old faces. We all sat in our regular positions…..
    Maybe the improvement in listening and respect has just come from the natural passing of time, leading to improved maturity?
    TV1 didn’t show up to pick up their media award. It seemed risky to bite the hand that influences or controls access to public attention. Especially when launching a new political party?
    Choosing Cassie Jae’s speech, where she suggests careful listening between parties, showed that the Conference organisers saw listening as important to forward progress in the men’s movement.
    Warwick’s speech about DV Industry reminded me of Felicity’s book about the DV Industry. That speech was probably the one most relevant to NZ’s largest social problem, fatherless-ness.
    The Essentially Men workshop was interesting. It put attachment theory into the perspective of our young and present lives. It challenged us to rise above our natural limitations and make better lives for ourselves. The facilitators smoothly handled an audience member who repeatedly distracted from their planned path.
    There was a short chill, perhaps due to a cloud going past the new full moon, or maybe Bevan’s or Jim’s ghosts sailing through the room?
    The MRA was launched, to apply as much pressure onto major parties as possible and to encourage policy discussion of men’s issues more widely.
    Thanks to MoMA for organising the Conference and enabling the contact development, among mix and mingles.
    The food was good and I am sure we all put on weight.
    I have certainly vowed to try to be more present, but ageing does do strange things to us, me anyway.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Sat 7th April 2018 @ 6:08 pm

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