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Ian Foster Joins Big Buddy For Breakfast

Monday, 18 May 2020, 1:56 pm | Big Buddy

On Saturday May 23, Ian Foster will be turning his legendary talent for shaping rugby into support for boys without dads in their lives. While the rugby season stands still, Foster has found a rare window of time to appear in the first episode of the ... More >>

Screening of volunteers expensive but keeps boys safe

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 2:50 pm | Big Buddy

As an Auckland junior rugby coach and teacher aide was found guilty of close-on one hundred sexual abuse charges against boys last week, the team at a North Island male-mentoring programme for fatherless boys is deeply saddened, yet assured. Despite past suggestions ... More >>

Biggest Buddy moves on after 15 years as CEO

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 9:12 am | Big Buddy

In 2002, disillusioned after many years in management and corporate IT, Richard Aston jumped ship at 50 to take up the reins of a fledgling social agency with the lofty vision of changing fatherless boys’ lives. Back then, Big Buddy was a paper-based ... More >>

Better mentors needed to combat rape culture

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:54 pm | Big Buddy

Boys need better mentors to look up to if we want them to have better attitudes towards women say the authors of a new book on raising boys More >>

Early schooling proposal flawed for boys

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 9:18 am | Big Buddy

Starting boys at school before they turn five will not do them any favours according to the co-authors of a new book on raising boys. More >>

Big Buddy launches powerful campaign for fatherless boys

Monday, 4 July 2016, 1:59 pm | Big Buddy

“What’s the most important thing your father taught you?” A sad reality is that 8,000 New Zealand boys aged 7-14 will grow up unable to answer this question. More >>

Let the snow fun begin!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 9:50 am | Big Buddy

White wonderlands will snow down on thousands of Auckland children when the Big Buddy Christmas White Out ‘snows’ low-decile schools next week. More >>

CYFs report - Too much talk - not enough walk

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:34 pm | Big Buddy

August 28, 2015 A social agency working with fatherless boys says the lack of Government action on protecting children in care beggars belief. Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston has been lobbying for better screening of caregivers for five years and says the ... More >>

‘Eyes That Could Melt Icebergs’ – Celia Lashlie

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 1:52 pm | Big Buddy

The death of boys advocate Celia Lashlie, aged 61, will be sorely felt throughout New Zealand says Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston. More >>

Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People's Blueprint

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:27 am | Big Buddy

November 28, 2014 The inclusion of robust screening as a tool to prevent child abuse, highlighted in the Glenn Inquiry’s People’s Blueprint, is welcomed by Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston. “It’s heartening to see this high-calibre report come out ... More >>

White Christmas tinged with sadness

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:22 pm | Big Buddy

The fatherless boy who inspired his Big Buddy to ‘snow’ low-decile Auckland schools at Christmas will be missing from this year’s Big Buddy Christmas White Out. Tragically, Bradley Elliott (14) died on September 8 from health issues related to the Rheumatic ... More >>

White Christmas tinged with sadness

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 4:15 pm | Big Buddy

The fatherless boy who inspired his Big Buddy to ‘snow’ low-decile Auckland schools at Christmas will be missing from this year’s Big Buddy Christmas White Out. More >>

Big Buddy Launches New Fundraising Foundation

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 9:23 am | Big Buddy

Willie Apiata VC and Prime Minister to speak at Launch Event June 26, Auckland- Big Buddy will today launch a new Foundation aimed at securing funding for the continued mentoring of the nation’s fatherless boys so that that they have good role models ... More >>

Child safety challenge

Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 1:37 pm | Big Buddy

Long-time children’s safety campaigner Richard Aston will make a submission to the Social Services Committee hearing on the Vulnerable Children’s Bill in Wellington this Thursday at 11.15am. More >>

Mentoring fatherless boys

Monday, 19 November 2012, 10:25 am | Big Buddy

“Very few serious youth offenders come from stable, two-parent homes. On the other hand, not every solo parent breeds a criminal. Nor am I making judgments about separation. What I’m saying is that most serious young offenders lack a positive male role ... More >>

Social agencies biggest losers in stacked race

Friday, 9 November 2012, 1:35 pm | Big Buddy

Press Release: Social agencies biggest losers in stacked race November 9, 2012 A mentoring organisation that has lost funding in the racing industry takeover of pokie machines says community organisations are the big losers in a stacked race. “It’s ... More >>

Screening on Government agenda

Thursday, 11 October 2012, 12:44 pm | Big Buddy

Press Release: Screening on Government agenda October 11, 2012 The Government’s plan to introduce new mandatory safety checks for people working with children is spot on, says a mentoring organisation that has lobbied for improved screening. Big ... More >>

Screening of teachers an urgent priority

Tuesday, 11 September 2012, 3:29 pm | Big Buddy

A mentoring organisation with 10 years’ experience in screening male mentors says the Secondary Principals’ Association and Teachers’ Council call for more rigorous screening of teachers is well overdue. More >>

Public want better screening of child caregivers

Wednesday, 15 August 2012, 9:48 am | Big Buddy

A mentoring programme specializing in screening male volunteers welcomes the public call for more rigorous screening of caregivers. The call was highlighted in the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children - an executive summary of the 10,000 submissions made ... More >>

Time CYF outsourced screening

Monday, 25 June 2012, 9:38 am | Big Buddy

It's time Child, Youth & Family outsourced the screening of potential caregivers to professionals, says the CEO of Big Buddy - a mentoring programme that has successfully screened over 500 men since 1997. More >>