Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Gender Stereotypes Misleading

Media Release - 18/10/01 - For immediate release

Gender Stereotypes Misleading

"The practice of referring to a father taking his child into his custody as 'abduction' is most often highly misleading", FARE spokesperson Darryl Ward said today. He was referring to reports of Lower Hutt Police searching for a man who had 'snatched' his eight week old baby.

"Obviously we cannot comment on this particular case given that details are so sketchy, nor can we condone abduction of children from a parent in any form. But we ask why is it so often called 'abduction' when a child is taken by its father".

"Our adversarial family court system sees 20,000 children in divorce situations legally abducted from one of their parents every year, usually their father. Only 3,000 New Zealand children lost their fathers during the entire Second World War. This makes the Family Court and its related agencies New Zealand's leading child abductor".

"The only remedy to this situation is to implement the provisions of the Shared Parenting Bill so that children are no longer routinely abducted from one of their parents", he concluded.


Darryl Ward may be contacted on 025-230 1667 or via taliesin@paradise.net.nz

FAMILIES APART REQUIRE EQUALITY (FARE) 19 Hornsey Road, Wellington, Tel 04 389 4222 Fax 04 934 4080 Mob 025 439 461 E-mail - aasbt@attglobal.net

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whitall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election