International Men’s Day New Zealand 2019

International Men's Day - Value the men around you - fist bump

International Men’s Day is on November 19th and is a great opportunity to do some good for the men in New Zealand. Each year around that time we promote positive messages about men and we hope you’ll join us. We want a society where men know they are appreciated, where they are encouraged to thrive, and where they have and feel the support of their communities.

We invite you to be involved. Doing anything at all lets people know you care about men and contributes to creating a positive, encouraging atmosphere for men. It can be as simple as just letting people know it is International Men’s Day, posting on social media or putting up a poster.  

In our inaugural year, 2018, we ran these events: 

  • We asked people to share a story about a man they knew who they admired and share it on our facebook page with the chance to win a gift card prize. 
  • Offline, we asked people to write about a man they admired on a card. We received over 200 cards with some really touching stories. It was an incredibly positive experience.. People really do regard the men in their lives highly and we made it easy for them to express this.
  • We had a biker run which raised over $400 for Male Survivors (of Sexual Abuse) Aotearoa.
  • We also had a casual get together for a drink and a chat.

Some others put on events in Hawkes Bay, Paraparaumu and Invercargill and Linwood, Christchurch library had a men’s day display.

This year we are using the theme ‘Value the men around you’

Men’s Day is about men, but it is for everybody. There are no requirements for being involved. You can just go ahead and do your thing. We would prefer if you kept us in the loop and let us know what you are doing. Knowing you are involved would really be encouraging for us and will let many more men know that people like you care. 

If you are running an event we will be able to promote it on Facebook page. Also, we may know other people in your area that you can connect with.

Send us a message at if you have any questions, would like to read our guidelines for events, or would like electronic copies of posters, social media graphics, or the cards mentioned above.

International Men’s Day New Zealand 2018 review

2018 was our first year and it was a tremendous success. Initially we wanted to do ‘more than nothing’ and we did much more than that.


We had a couple of interviews about men’s day.

Chris Lynch from NewsTalk ZB:


 and radio interview with Dad’s On the Air Australia.

Dads on the Air interview with International Men’s Day New Zealand

International Men’s Day NZ also made it to mainstream TV. Breakfast and Seven Sharp both had short segments. Unfortunately, the hosts didn’t know much about men’s day so we will have to be more proactive about informing people next year.


Hawkes Bay

Kids Need Dads Hawkes Bay put on a couple of events

Flipping the Switch: Ever thought about living a life less stressful, or maybe the sheer cost of renting / owning or making ends meet is starting to get to you ?Phillip Sheehan and his family “flipped the script” and found another way to live that is outside the box. 

Men’s Wellbeing in Hawke’s Bay, How are we doing?
Malcolm Byford, Kurt Fenton, Joe Whare talked to health workers, organisations and individuals working in or supporting Mens Wellbeing in our community.


We are based in Christchurch and we had three events

We had a cuppa in the square event where we shouted people a coffee in exchange for sharing a story about a man they know who they admired, respected or are grateful for

We had a biker run with more than 20 riders which raised over $400 for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.

We also had a get together for a drink and a chat.


There were also some low key events in Paraparaumu and Invercargill


We ran a competition online for a $100 gift card. People submitted stories about the men they admire. There were some beautiful stories of some fantastic men. 

Promotional banner for our 2018 Facebook competition

International Men’s Day New Zealand on Dad’s On the Air radio show

We got interviewed by Dad’s on the Air. An Australian radio program.

Dad’s on the Air banner

Dads on the Air is a community radio program dedicated to fatherhood and issues surrounding men and boys. In this program, we chat with Donald Pettitt and Iain Fergusson about the New Zealand celebration of International Men’s Day. The Kiwis have developed their own approach. Donald and Iain tell us that over a cup of tea locals are asked to describe an important male in their life and the response has been inspirational. There is a biker ride and other activities which are all part of the celebration. Our guests emphasise that the day is for everyone to participate in and enjoy.


November 22, 2018, from 11 am… and indefinitely

Where to Listen

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International Men’s Day Ride

International Men’s Day Biker’s Ride Flyer – Design by Humans vs Robots

International Men’s Day New Zealand Biker’s ride

See the Facebook event page for more details

Sunday, 18 November 2018 from 09:30
CMG Motorcycles – 122 St Asaph Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 8011
$20 – Pay at event

Proposed route (subject to change)


Proposed route


Planning to stop at i) Methven, then ii) Leeston for a couple of refreshment stops, before returning to Canterbury Mens Centre to wrap the event up with a sausage sizzle and raffle prize draws. Riding for approaching 3hrs with the stops intended to be 30-45mins at each location

What is International Men’s Day?

International Men’s Day (November 19th) encourages people to make the world a better place by supporting men. It reinforces and supports other efforts to make society fairer, safer, and improve wellbeing for everyone.

Everybody can participate in International Men’s Day

Men’s day is a grassroots event. It is open to people of all genders, races, ages, sexualities, etc. If you want to do something positive to support men and the wider community then please do it. In fact, if you want to use men’s day as a reason to do something positive to support women then go right ahead!

International Men’s Day is open to people with different points of view

Men’s day founder Dr Jerome Teelucksingh wanted the day to be one of unity and solidarity between people so International Men’s Day supports everybody who makes a positive contribution that builds community and understanding between people. It is open to all people regardless of whether they identify with ‘men’s rights activists’, feminists, left-wing, right-wing etc.

International Men’s Day supports International Women’s Day

International Men’s Day fully supports International Women’s Day as an important day to highlight the ongoing issues facing women. It strengthens International Women’s Day by giving space for the discussion of men’s issues away from the discussion of women’s issues and promotes the discussion of how men can support women, gender equality and make society better for everyone.

International Men’s Day breaks from traditional stereotypes

International Men’s Day breaks with traditional stereotypes of masculinity by promoting discussion about the negative aspects of traditional gender roles for men, encouraging the men to talk about being vulnerable, and supporting men in non-traditional roles.

International Men’s Day supports different definitions of ‘masculinity’

The grassroots, inclusive nature of International Men’s Day allows people to define ‘man’, ‘manhood’ and ‘masculinity’ in ways that make sense for them. Everybody has their own understanding and can participate in their own way.