Submissions by The Fatherhood Foundation

(formerly the Father and Child Society).


Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill (PDF, 29k)

We support the extension of leave to the self employed. However, we have a more fundamental problem with the underlying legislation...

In our various submissions we have already set out the potential benefits to fathers, mothers and children of giving fathers equal rights in this decision making process, so it is worth trying to assess why the government remains determined to exclude fathers from such decision making.

In our previous submissions we have also set out models of other countries where fathers have rights to take paid parental leave... (February, 2006)

Child Support Amendment Bill (No.4) (PDF, 16k)

It is pleasing to see attention being given to problems faced by young fathers and by victims of sex crimes. However, the bill still gives a piecemeal approach to the issues... (February, 2006)


  1. Waive liability for child support for liable parents under 21 years old if they are studying full time.
  2. DNA paternity testing should be made available for men who are incurring a child support liability.
  3. There should be across the board halving in the rate for penalties imposed in cases of unpaid child support.
  4. There should be reconsideration of the child support formula to consider circumstances of both the caregiver and the liable parent and to recognise direct costs incurred by both parties in relation to the children.

Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill (PDF, 18k)

While supporting the intent of the Bill, we believe education is a more appropriate course rather than legislation...

Recommendation: that The Justice and Electoral Select Committee recommend an amendment to section 194(a) of the Crimes Act 1961 by adding a description of what “Reasonable in the circumstances” is and is not. (February, 2006)


Employment Relations (Flexible Working Hours) Amendment Bill (PDF, 215k)

We support this bill that aims to give employees with young and dependent children the statutory right to request part-time and flexible hours. ...However, we would like to see the age of youngest child extended to 14... We would also like a greater acknowledgement of the ‘double burden’ that fathers face in juggling paid and unpaid work...

While we are supportive of this bill given that it will potentially provide fathers with more opportunity to request hours of paid work that allow them to spend more time with their children, other legislation does not support the full involvement by fathers in the raising of their children... (July 2005)


Submissions regarding paid parental leave for fathers

Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill (PDF, 165k)

We suggest that the current legislation is amended to allow parents in heterosexual couples to themselves choose which parent will take the leave, rather than the government determining who has primary and secondary rights.

However, if the government is unwilling to redress this imbalance then at least for those couples where the mother is not eligible for job protection but the father is eligible for job protection, the father should have his own independent right to take a period of paid leave supported by legislation.(June 2004)

  1. Covering letter to the Office of Human Rights Proceedings about our complaint. (PDF, 19k)
  2. The final letter back from them turning us down for the funding to allow the case to proceed . (PDF, 125k)


Care of Children Bill

Ensuring that this legislation reduces, rather than raises, barriers to biological fathers being positive involved parents (September 2003)

To Statistics New Zealand on the proposed content of the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings

Two-household children and relationships within households (June 2003)

Complaint to Human Rights Commission regarding the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Paid Parental Leave) Amendment Act

Discrimination against fathers in heterosexual relationships (February 2003)


Law Commission on Preliminary Paper 47

Family Court processes (April 2002)

Proposed Legislation for Paid Parental Leave

The proposed legislation is a giant step backwards for gender equity (February 2002)


Re-evaluation of the Human Rights Protections in New Zealand

Discussion paper (February 2001)


Review of the laws about Guardianship, Custody and Access

(December 2000)

NZ's Report to the UN regarding compliance with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

(July 2000)